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Science funding slashed from stimulus bill

Posted by tigerhawkvok on February 06, 2009 18:58 in politics , economy

So, the big stimulus package? People, in particular House and Senate Republicans, have been complaining about the size (it is kind of oversized), but what nuttery makes them think the solution is cutting science funding? Science, starting as research, has led to consumer level and population level improvements in living standards, employing people all along the way. It has been the prime motivator of our society for at least the past century. And look at the sum taken out -- perhaps 3 billion. Of nearly 1 trillion. This is somewhere along 1/3 of 1% of the total stimulus package, and about 3% of the proposed cutback of 88 billion cutback goal. There is a problem here. This funding cut comes out of NASA, NIST, NOAA, NSF, DOE, etc. While I obviously have biases toward NASA, NSF and DOE in particular have national ramifications.

If you're a scientist, you definitely should be in an uproar about this. Write your senators! If you want a bit more discussion on the subject, see Panda's Thumb, Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology, Pharyngula, BadAstronomy ... its a big deal, and no one should doubt that.