Chris Mooney says yes. Here is his bottom line:
In 1995, a budget-cutting Republican Congress fired its science advisers for being too politicized and too slow. In an age of bioterror, climate change, and high-tech weaponry, we need them back.
I’d like to return to this topic in the future, and the general question of whether pure science deserves government subsidy, but here is the link while it is hot.