I received some flak for criticizing Obama’s comments on science, because of his (apparent) support for getting rid of foreigners who take STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) jobs in the United States. Â I’m not a fan of either candidates science proposals — other than Obama’s nativism, I have said that Obama’s positions are a wash with McCain’s.
Obama’s view of human biodiversity science is similar to a creationist’s view of evolutionary science: he is against it for philosophical-political reasons. Â This comment, from when Obama was a community organizer, demonstrates, highlights Obama’s view:
Gene Expression: Barack Obama on The Bell Curve
Now, it shouldn’t take a genius to figure out that with early intervention such problems can be prevented. But Mr. Murray isn’t interested in prevention. He’s interested in pushing a very particular policy agenda, specifically, the elimination of affirmative action and welfare programs aimed at the poor. With one finger out to the political wind, Mr. Murray has apparently decided that white America is ready for a return to good old-fashioned racism so long as it’s artfully packaged and can admit for exceptions like Colin Powell. It’s easy to see the basis for Mr. Murray’s calculations. After watching their income stagnate or decline over the past decade, the majority of Americans are in an ugly mood and deeply resent any advantages, realor perceived, that minorities may enjoy.
I’ve talked about Obama’s connection to pseudo-scientists before.