Wednesday, March 27, 2013

2013 US Spending Bill

The US legislators have finally finished some form of a spending bill for FY 2013 (several months late, if anyone is counting). Science Insider has a summary of how each of the science funding agencies within the US government fared with such severe budget cuts. It certainly looks like DOE's Office of Science suffered quite a blow.

The US is enjoying the fruits of its investment in science from way back in the 60s and 70s. The effect of a continuing downward trend in support for basic science since the 80s will be felt in the next 10 years. When historians 50 to 100 years from now look back and try to figure out when was the turning point that started the fall of the great US civilization, this will be a huge marker.


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