Ron Paul’s New Budget Plan
I just read an article about Presidential candidate Ron Paul’s newest budget proposal. It would cut programs such as the Office of Science, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, and the U.S. Geological Survey. These cuts, plus cuts to the National Institutes of Health add up to billions of dollars taken out of science research spending. His plan is called the “Plan to Restore America”, and the cuts total to $1 trillion.
Politically, I think Ron Paul is one of the best GOP candidates, and I agree with him on many points. For example, his “Plan to Restore America” would end foreign wars, which I can definitely back up. However, I think he is cutting too much in some very important departments. I agree drastic measures should be taken, but taking billions away from scientific research would be like taking a step back in our advancement.
What impact do you think these cuts would have on the scientific community?