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Old 03-23-2020, 06:16 PM
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Originally Posted by cmosdes View Post
How does this not affect future funding of research? I would think the bigger the debt and deficit, the more the government would need to cut non-essential funding. I guess that gets into the definition of non-essential, so maybe research is part of essential funding.
The budget of the NIH is less than $42 billion, and the budget of the NSF is less than $8 billion. Not a pittance to you or me, but pretty small when you're throwing around trillions. It's really a matter of congress having the will to spend it on those agencies. The point being, funding research at even double current levels is still possible even when spending loads on other things.

Also, when has the government ever cut total spending? (It does occasionally drop for a year or two, but it bounces right back up again.)