This is from the President’s remarks at the National Academy of Science:
At such a difficult moment, there are those who say we cannot afford to invest in science. That support for research is somehow a luxury at a moment defined by necessities. I fundamentally disagree. Science is more essential for our prosperity, our security, our health, our environment, and our quality of life than it has ever been.
Who the hell is saying we cannot afford to invest in science? Isn’t the real argument about whether we can spend so much more (fully 3% of GDP) on science, and revitalize the economy, and save the banks, and save the Big Three, and spend more on education, and reform health care, and revolutionize the energy sector all at the same time?
I have heard “there are those who say…” from this President quite a bit in the last three months. I think it’s time he start naming names. Who are these people who hold such backward-looking, unacceptable positions? If they are elected members of the government, shouldn’t the President tell us who they are so we can vote them out? If they are unelected, how is it they have such power?
Or maybe there are no such people, at least not of such relevance they deserve specific mention by the President. Maybe this is just a rhetorical trick designed to make Mr. Obama’s position seem like the only one allowed by common sense.
Do read it all. Cost’s frustration is palpable.
Obama seems to miss no opportunity to insult, abase and denigrate anyone who opposes any of his policies, even when the opposition is a difference of opinion based on different beliefs. Unfortunately, he also trots around the world with nothing whatsoever good to say about the country that elected him to the highest office in the land.
Personally, I would not characterize Obama as a “Sophist” as Cost does (which, I take it, was not meant in the classical Greek way, but in the more modern meaning). I think the word “Solipsist” is a better fit.