As a psychologist who is also a scientist/researcher I have been impatient with my Government and it’s contempt for science in the past 8 years. While some of the areas in which science was attcked effected me, like you, on a personal level (eg. global warming) there also was a professional impact, whether through draconian budget priorities or the corportaization of the FDA and other relevannt regulating bodies. The Follwing article is relevant reading:
What Science in a Post Bush World Will Look Like
After eight years of brawls with the Bush administration on issues including climate change, stem cell research and health care, scientists across the country aren’t just hungry for change they can believe in, but science they can trust. The underlying issue that has sparked outrage is Bush’s politicization of the scientific discipline.