At the White House press conference, Director Mick Mulvaney of the Office of Budget Management (OMB) indicated that there would be cuts in funding for science and ‘climate change’ research.
A reporter wanted to know what ‘message’ the President was sending by agreeing to those cuts. To liberals, cuts in science funding is anathema. But what they don’t seem to get is that government funding comes with strings attached. There is a vested interest – particularly in climate science – in the research grantee coming to the ‘correct’ conclusions.
So, what’s the ‘message?’ I would hope the message is that there will be a lot less politically motivated scientific research based on predetermined outcomes.
Speaking of ‘climate change,’ Mulvaney said that funding for it was a waste of money:
QUESTION: Can you explain a little bit more about what message the President is trying to send by eliminating a lot of funding for science and climate change research, as you mentioned earlier? And just a follow-up later when you get a chance.
DIRECTOR MULVANEY: Sure. A couple different messages. When we talked about science and climate change, let’s deal with them separately. On science, we’re going to function — we’re going to focus on the core function. There’s reductions, for example, I think, in the NIH — the National Institutes of Health. Why? Because we think there’s been mission creep, we think they do things that are outside their core functions. We think there’s tremendous opportunity for savings. We recommend, for example, that a couple of facilities be combined; there would be cost savings from that.
Again, this comes back to the President’s business person view of government, which is if you took over this as a CEO, and you’d look at this on a spreadsheet and go, why do we have all of these facilities — why do we have seven when we can do the same job with three, won’t that save money? And the answer is, yes. So part of your answer is focusing on efficiencies and focusing on doing what we do better.
Regarding the question as to climate change, I think the President was fairly straightforward — we’re not spending money on that anymore; we consider that to be a waste of your money to go out and do that. So that is a specific tie to his campaign.