Democratic 2008 Platform on the subject...
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Science, Technology and Innovation
America has long led the world in innovation. But this Administration's hostility to science has taken a toll. At a time when technology helps shape our future, we devote a smaller and smaller share of our national resources to research and development.
It is time again to lead. We took a critical step with the America Competes Act and we will start by implementing that act "then we will do more. We will make science, technology, engineering, and math education a national priority. We will double federal funding for basic research, invest in a strong and inspirational vision for space exploration and make the Research and Development Tax Credit permanent. We will invest in the next generation of transformative energy technologies and health IT and we will renew the defense R&D system. We will lift the current Administration's ban on using federal funding for embryonic stem cells"cells that would have otherwise have been discarded and lost forever"for research that could save lives. We will ensure that our patent laws protect legitimate rights while not stifling innovation and creativity.
We will end the Bush Administration’s war on science, restore scientific integrity, and return to evidence-based decision-making.
In sum, we will strengthen our system, treat science and technology as crucial investments, and use these forces to ensure a future of economic leadership, health well being and national security.