Where the fiscal hype will hurt

Though social security and Medicare are not among the programs that will face automatic cuts should nothing be done before January 1st, there are important things that will be cut, as this Scientific American article points out. A lot of important scientific and medical research will lose funding. For the party that doesn’t believe in science, this isn’t seen as a loss. For the American people, it will be a huge loss. So you can see, when you hear about things like this, why everyone is clamoring to get a deal done, to solve the “fiscal cliff” problem and reach an agreement before the end of the year. In the abstract that sounds good. And ask yourself; since the Republicans are holding very firm with their line in the sand, can you imagine a compromise agreement in which the Republicans would agree to restore funding to the research of the National Institutes of Health? If I could imagine that, I might be for a deal. I see no evidence that the Republicans will give an inch, which is why no deal, bad as it will be for some things, is better than a bad deal (simply for the sake of a deal so that all the politicians can pat themselves on the back and claim victory!) that would only make things worse than no deal at all.

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About JP

We're two guys who met in college, in 1980. We've stayed in touch, and like to talk politics, current events, music and religion. JP is nore liberal than Sid, but not in every way. We figure that dialogue stimulates ideas, moderates perspective, and is in general friendly. These are things we need badly in these dangerous times. The blog name is taken from a song by Bruce Cockburn.
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