Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Science and spending freezes
Tonight in the State of the Union address, President Obama will supposedly propose a freeze on discretionary federal spending for the next three years. For those not familiar with the term, discretionary spending leaves out defense and debt service, as well as social security and medicare, but includes NIH, NSF, DOE, NIST, and NASA. It will be interesting to see if, after a strong start on recovering from the funding morass (cuts in real dollars for several years in a row under the Bush administration and the budgetary mess from two wars), what will happen to federal scientific research support in such a climate. Note that Pres. Obama is having this year's Intel Science Talent Search winner as a guest at the address.
Posted by Douglas Natelson at 9:13 AM