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Old April 13 2014, 09:42 PM   #39
Location: Kentucky
Re: Interesting interview on the state of science

But that strong public funding has to compete with Social Security, Medicaid, and Medicare, which together are 45% of spending, DoD at 18%, and interest payments at 7%, and then fund HHS, State, Veterans Affairs, Homeland Security, Intelligence, HUD, Transportation, Justice, Treasury, Labor, Interior, and Commerce, which together make up 12.6% of spending, at which point the spending is already tens of billions of dollars higher than revenues.

We never sit around worrying about whether Google will have their budget slashed, because we don't have the power to slash it and because Google handles their own problems. But once you invest your everything in one giant budgetary process, hundreds of thousands of people start looking to raid your kitty for their own projects, and they'll keep at it seven days a week, 365 days a year, because that's what they get paid to do. The people in Congress, meanwhile, have to try and balance priorities between wildly different interests and activities, such as either upping SS payments by 1.1% or zeroing out NASA in its entirety (which represent the same amount of revenue).
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