Sequestering the Shark: Budget cuts to ‘devastate U.S. science research for decades’

Millions of dollars in cuts from a $30 billion budget?

“Less than one percent of the federal budget goes to fund basic science research — $30.2 billion out of the total of $3.8 trillion President Obama requested in fiscal year 2012. By slashing that fraction even further, the government will achieve short-term savings in millions this year, but the resulting gaps in the innovation pipeline could cost billions of dollars and hurt the national economy for decades to come.”

Read more in the Atlantic.

10 thoughts on “Sequestering the Shark: Budget cuts to ‘devastate U.S. science research for decades’”

  1. “the resulting gaps in the innovation pipeline could cost billions of dollars and hurt the national economy for decades to come.”

    So, the Atlantic thinks innovation comes from government. More of the press being Stupid in Public.

  2. The innovation pipeline: if there is one, let it be funded by private resources or to meet specific government needs. Industry and vanity will support useful research; I’d like to divert tax money from “research” into the patriarchy and gender.

  3. It appears that someone mistakenly fed the federal budget numbers into one of the GCMs at NASA.

  4. Cutting government grants is a good thing. Even the NSF has been corrupted and isn’t about actual science anymore, but political science. And the NIH has been that way for ages. Grants are only given which support the government’s agenda and the vast majority of them are based on junk science premises.
    Remember: the current Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and co-chair of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology is John Holdren.

  5. Sequestration is being used by political forces to hurt everyone possible, and people who don’t want to be hurt are making it sound as horrific as possible because they’ve been told to by the CEO of the firm. Ever pulled a kid’s tooth who was opposed to any tooth loss whatsoever? Or tried to trim the claws of a cat who was agin’ it? It’s about the same amount of pain and suffering, and about the same reaction from the target.

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