Management often doesn't mind spending a bit extra to get the design better, because the budget only allows for one big Build.
As a structural engineer turned programmer: HA.
Have there been anti-religious movements? sure; definitely. But pinning anti-religion actions on all of atheism is no different than pinning the acts of Islam on all of theism. You don't see many atheists blaming, say, Catholicism for the actions of the Taliban (outside of the "fedora" make-fun-of-atheists-by-exaggerating-it crowd, that is)... Also, please stop throwing the word "terrorist" around. The people you mention definitely do not qualify as "terrorists." You disagreeing with their actions doesn't meet the definition.
By eliminating all taxpayer funding of 'science'.
Absolutely not. That is a horrible idea. It would nearly eliminate basic science research. Anything that lacks a direct and immediate application would simply not get researched, or have minimal research at best. Consider things like the LHC. A multi-billion dollar investment, funded by multiple governments. Nothing coming out of there will have applications in the next several decades. What company, or even group of companies, would pay for something like that? It's basically throwing away money! Yet... it is among the most important research being done at present. All because the government isn't interested in immediate profit.
I think what you meant to say is that government officials shouldn't be allowed to make money off of their political influence. Get rid of campaign funding and the likes and it solves the problems of politicians trying to push fake/corporate agendas.
However, how long it takes authorities to recognize this is a totally different question. I suspect it wont be until our grandchildren are our age that we'll see a push for that model. Which is really too bad, considering the amount of money we could save on infrastructure and traffic police sooner than later.
More importantly, while it might not seem like it, the skills that those kids are learning with modern tech now will be detrimental to their future employment. Much like you learning to use computers as a child became detrimental to yours. If anything, I feel these parents are harming their children by putting such extreme limitations on them.
Only difference I see is that with a dem being in office now BOTH sides are up in arms about these issues. And I honestly feel that if Romney were in office today we would have a repeat of 2002 instead of this unified hatred that we have at present.