Friday, February 15, 2008

Shortchanging Science

This is an editorial in a Toledo newspaper that essentially echoes what have been said of the budget disaster that has befallen science funding.

LAMENTS in the scientific community about hundreds of millions of dollars in federal funding cuts for research highlight yet another example of government saying one thing and doing another.
But for now, scientists rightfully feel betrayed over the ditching of the government pledge to boost funding for research, and they worry what will befall their most talented colleagues as government investment in their projects wanes. In Congress, Rep. Judy Biggert of Illinois predicts a sure brain drain among scientists if government continues to deliver only nominal support.

I think the jokes that are often being made about politicians speaking from both sides of their mouth aren't that funny anymore when it reflects reality.


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