We human continue to push the limit. Faster, higher, stronger, etc.
The effort to break the two hour marathon by Nike follows this pattern. Progress comes from persistence and discipline (funding also helps). This is a hallmark for science, in pursuit of knowledge.
At risk of confusing fiction from fact, politicians have different motivations, namely money and constituency, than scientists. The political debate on climate change is a case in point. And the budget cut to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is another.
Nevertheless, politicians, once elected, have a responsibility to their voters. The public trust bestowed on them expects faithful execution of their duties. Even when greed are insatiable, lying to the public is unethical and ground for dismissal.
Have a great week.