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Future Federal Policy Not So Promising For Science

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Article from Optical Photonics News, problems with US spending in science but talks of the problems with the US Deficit.

Washington Focus

Last year’s annual deficit really was $567 billion, rather than the reported $412 billion, according to Paul Posner, managing director for federal budget issues at the U.S. Government Accountability Office (formerly named the General  Accounting Office). That’s because Americans currently pay more in Social Security taxes than they collect in benefits, and federal bookkeepers subtract that surplus when totaling the federal deficit.
The president’s research and development budget for 2006 is $132.3 billion, a scant 0.1-percent increase from this year in absolute dollars, and the first inflation adjusted decline since 1996, according to AAAS’s annual budget analysis.

The money from DARPA (defence research funding agency) has been directly cut. This has meant some projects have ended abruptly and others have failed to get of the ground (this is quite serious for future technological breakthroughs and of course jobs).

Whereas it was difficult to get money from DARPA in europe, it is now almost impossible.

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