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The Malignancy in Federal Medical Research

Ann Anon Wrote: Feb 27, 2013 12:37 PM
Because I have an "in" with certain government offices I have received a memo on the sequestration cuts. Essentially it said, hold the phone, nothing would be cut from current programs, new programs would go on hold but current programs will be funded, INCLUDING NECESSARY increases for the year. It complained that the sequester hit in mid year inconveniencing their future budget writing. In short, get your requests in early, business as usual.
When George W. Bush was stumping as a "compassionate conservative" in the closing days of the 2000 presidential campaign, he went to Florida and repeated a campaign promise to double the funding for the National Institutes of Health.

"I will lead a medical moon shot to reach far beyond what seems possible today and discover new cures for age-old afflictions," Bush said.

After he won Florida by a famously narrow margin -- and thus was elected president despite losing the nationwide popular vote -- Bush basically made good on his funding promise.

In fiscal 2000, the NIH spent $15.415 billion; in...