Trump Administration’s Budget Blueprint ‘Shortchanges Basic Scientific Research’ Across Government
New York Times: The Trump Administration’s War on Science
“…[President Trump’s] first budget blueprint is a cramped document that sacrifices American innovation to small-bore politics, shortchanging basic scientific research across the government — from NASA to the Department of Energy to the National Institutes of Health — in ways that can only stifle invention and undercut the nation’s competitiveness. … Some research cuts, particularly to the NIH, aren’t likely to make it past Congress. But they show Mr. Trump’s lack of understanding of science’s role in national and domestic security, in protecting air and water and other resources, and in preventing disease and lowering the cost of health care … In service to small-government ideology, it proposes to whack 18 percent from the NIH’s budget, and even more from the Department of Energy and the EPA’s science programs. … The cuts in human health programs have drawn the heaviest criticism…” (3/27).