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May 5, 2017

Negotiating 101: Big Budget Victory? Hah!

Filed under: Politics — Steve Ruis @ 1:06 pm
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Scientific American magazine crowed with an article title “Science Wins Reprieve in U.S. Budget Deal.” They, of course, used the word “win” more than once, e.g. “The biggest winner is the National Institutes of Health (NIH)….”

Winners, right …

It is a standard negotiating ploy to threaten to take something away and then elicit concessions to be allowed to keep that thing. This is a no cost ploy as nothing needs to be traded for those concessions, only threats need be made (and, boy, are they cheap).

Was any progress made? Was any action taken against Climate Change, or the infant mortality rate, or any action taken for any scientific effort?


Not a victory, folks.

For you science-types out there, it is called Round 1.





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