An excerpt from my copy of the U.S. Constitution.
CONGRESS has the power to Promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts by securing for limited times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective writings and Discoveries.
I think members of Congress have often overlooked what the framers of our Constitution actually meant with this provision.
Notice what words are capitalized. We get the idea that Progress of Science must have been on their minds, as new discoveries in the New World made necessary the protection of these inventions and discoveries. Benjamin Franklin was sort of big on independent research and discovery, and any invention provided a means of income to the holder of a patent.
Now we seem to have some dinosaurs in government who think that the Progress of Science is to be done away with, and the results of discovery and consequences of those discoveries are not valid.
For example, we have the erroneous thinking that vaccines cause a physical condition in children.
This is causing the new generation that does not read history very closely to decide that there shall be no vaccines given to their children, thereby causing a pocket of potential disease vectors.
The Center for Disease Control is funded from our taxes, and should be given the respect of following the good advice on this matter. They also should be given the recognition that the studies showing global warming will cause new outbreaks of formerly contained diseases new opportunities to spread worldwide.
Congress has gone along with the big corporations that deem profits should take precedence over the health of the country and the world, by calling into question the results of scientific studies and computer modeling.
To hear them talk you would think that doing research on atomic energy for the purposes of military dominance is all that matters. If a big corporation cannot make money off a scientific finding, then it should be attacked as being wrong.
Congress is full of dinosaurs that will go the way of their predecessors, with extinction around the corner.
The only thing wrong is that they will take down the rest of us with their negative thinking.