As the spectacle of our election season unfolds, there’s one thing everyone agrees on: Americans usually call it “common sense values.” We believe in government of, for and by the people. We agree we are smart, we are independent, we are inventors, we are rebels and we are winners. We are a nation of inventors, discoverers and leaders. It’s natural that the United States’ Standards are accommodated by the rest of the world. We don’t use the metric system. We don’t use the Celsius thermometer. We don’t follow, period. We lead.
Americans expect our scientists and technologist to be the best. United States citizens can thank Government Science and Technology (S&T) for vaccine development and the eradication of polio; inventions like the Internet, GPS, and lasers; cures for infectious disease, life-saving drugs, and prosthetic limbs. S&T created devices that let the blind see and the deaf hear, and conduct research that undergirds Google, Facebook, Yahoo, and myriad other American inventions that create jobs, fuel our economy and make the United States the most coveted homeland on earth.
Now, right this minute, America’s leadership, health, economy, safety and national security are in grave danger. We are at risk in part because of a regulatory issue that flies in the face of common sense, is penny-wise and pound foolish, and most alarming, imperils the United States economy, safety and national defense.