"Unless you carry a gun or a badge, you won't find much to celebrate in the president's plan. Bush's $132 billion in research and development spending calls for a 7 percent increase for the Department of Defense and a 15 percent increase for the Department of Homeland Security. This funding comes at the expense of significant public/private partnerships that are a breeding ground for important technologies to improve manufacturing and business operations on the home front, bolstering our economy and long-term security in the bargain"
Well, this is of no surprise to those of us in the know who have worked in IT related fields. Technology when it is for the good of the masses and not for attempting to mass murder thousands of "enemy combatants" just never has really been of any import to this current Administration. This is why a bunch of us were surprised when Bush started to talk about space ... until we realized that it was only that he could better able attack people from space.
What else can you expect from "Yippee I-O KiYaeeee" cowboy Bush?
"In addition to R&D cuts, the Bush administration's proposed budget ignores needed upgrades to our national labs and dismisses worthwhile efforts at the DOE to seek viable alternative-energy sources."
Well of course ... this would not be in the best interest in for an man fed from the teat of the oil goddess. In the meantime, on a recent trip to the UK, I was amazed and cheered as I was flying into London to see a huge wind farm in the middle of the sea near the coast of England!! Guess who owns these wind turbines?
BP. British Petroleum. An oil company that finds there is profit in innovation. They come up with the new technology in tidal energy and wind energy and the world will come to them.
Guess where the US is going to be?
"Making the world safe for free enterprise is a worthy goal, but undercutting our ability to compete in such a world doesn't make sense. The tax revenues for defense, after all, come from the profits of industry and the wages of workers - in an economy that is fueled by technology."
A grand statement and one I heartily agree with, expecting this out of Bush is like expecting a paramecium to solving interstellar flight. You've got the wrong creature for the job.
No worries, I am sure India will solve that problem for us as well.