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Thursday, November 09, 2006

 

Daily Kos: Bring Science Back to Congress: Restore the OTA! http://www.dailykos.com/story/2006/11/9/141240/622

posted by Aziz P. at Thursday, November 09, 2006 permalink View blog reactions
An excellent proposal for a to-do item for the new Democratic majority: Daily restore the Congressional Office of Technology Assessment.

Fixing all the ways in which the GOP majority damaged the apparatus and infrastructure of sound policy and governance is going to take a long time. But this would be a great start.


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