Ray Orbach, undersecretary for science at the U.S. Department of Energy, sat down with Adrian Cho and Eli Kintisch Science journal to talk about the US physics budget debacle.
He's in a difficult position, I'm sure. He has to follow the "will" of the US Congress, no matter how silly it is. So he has no choice but to tow the "party" line, while trying to salvage whatever's left of the US science program.
You can read the interview and judge for yourself. Frankly, I'm not optimistic that things will get better with FY09. This is one of the few times that I would be glad to be wrong.