Budget Cuts Threatening U.S. Brain Drain

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etaoin shrdlu Posted - 8/30/2013 10:20:24 AM | show profile | flag this post

A coalition of medical and scientific research groups says one in five research scientists in the U.S. are thinking about leaving the country -- because the U.S. is cutting back on research and development.

Universities are obviously hurt, but it's also affecting research at Department of Defense, the NSA, the National Institutes of Health and the Department of Energy,


"[O]f the 10 countries investing the most money in scientific research, the United States is the only country that has reduced its investment in scientific research as a percentage of GDP since 2011.”

cruiser Posted - 8/30/2013 1:05:59 PM | show profile | flag this post

That's bunk

The United States ranks third on the Global Technology Index behind Finland and Japan.

In 2013 the US will invest $424 billion in R&D, nearly twice the amount of Chine ($220 billion) and more than ALL of Europe combined ($320 billion).

Our R&D efforts are just fine.

cruiser Posted - 8/30/2013 1:08:36 PM | show profile | flag this post

You hateful left wingers

are so anxious to find something with which to denigrate the US that you'll jump on the first doomsday prediction you come across. And there are plenty of US haters among the rabid left.

proudliberal Posted - 8/30/2013 1:27:17 PM | show profile | flag this post


Yes, libruls hate the U.S. Even though we live and work and raise our families here, we want to see the country completely implode and wreck everyone's lives, including our friends and relatives. That makes a lot of sense. Look, if we really wanted to see the country fail we would have supported W both times.

cruiser Posted - 8/30/2013 1:53:15 PM | show profile | flag this post

What you liberals want to see...

like your president...is the US "fundamentally transformed." And Obama is trying his damnedest.

That is a sick, sick philosophy. The US has been the greatest country on the globe for the last 230 years...and you idiots want to change it??? Pure lunacy.

orthicon Posted - 8/30/2013 7:28:32 PM | show profile | flag this post

i reiterate previous thoughts.. mainly that cruiztwit..

is seriously mentally ill..and I mean more than just his well-known narcissistic personality disorder..

he's got serious anger issues he needs to deal with..i hope family and friends. whatever of each he may have..will step in and make him deal with it..

cruster Posted - 8/30/2013 7:44:16 PM | show profile | flag this post

Our R&D efforts are just fine.

We have cruiser. Who needs scientists?

This researcher/brain surgeon/biologist/economist/CEO/astronaut/pilot/championship boxer/cowboy/award winning chef/chemist/fireman/tinker/military strategist (from basement only)/political science genius (by his own admission) is more than capable of keeping us on track.

You know the government reads his posts here and acts upon his sage advice.


mpdodgson Posted - 8/30/2013 9:53:28 PM | show profile | flag this post

etaoin; I wouldn't read too much into that

It's an interesting piece to be sure, and thanks for posting it, but I thought "brain drain" was a stretch. Yes, government contracts are hurting R&D, no question,and as long as you see a majority Repub House, pumping money into research groups aint gonna happen.

On the other hand, from what I've read, private enterprises have had no problem with picking up the slack. I'm not saying DC should'nt more, but the NASDAQ investors are hardly hurting. The markets have been up about 60% since Obama took office. As we've said before, for a free enterprise hating Commie/Socialist he's bad at it.

(PS to cruise: You're a sad joke again. "What you liberals want to see like your president.." He's your president too. Elected twice come to think of it. How's that Romney lanslide workin out for ya?

cruiser Posted - 8/31/2013 1:14:02 AM | show profile | flag this post

"Elected twice come to think of it"

Which goes to prove you people didn't learn anything from his first four years of egregious incompetence.

mpdodgson Posted - 8/31/2013 11:11:07 AM | show profile | flag this post

"Which goes to prove you people didn't learn anything"

I would assume you mean the majority of voting Americans. Twice.
How's that Romney landslide workin out for ya?

etaoin shrdlu Posted - 9/3/2013 10:35:52 AM | show profile | flag this post

There's been a lot of local coverage...

in the DC area on research shutting down due to the sequester and budget cuts.

NIH alone eliminated 700 research grants.


Those kinds of cuts are stopping research on things like long term medical advances:


Remeber, NIH underwrites one-quarter of all medical research in the U.S.

I'm relatively close to the scientific community (through my wife) and scientists don't like to sit around when they could be doing research. If they can't do it here, they won't sit on their hands. They'll go somewhere that actually doing it.

As the initial article I linked to showed, while the U.S. is still spending more on research, it's the only one of the top ten spending LESS now than in 2011. We're cutting spending to a critical area -- and we're looking at a fifth of our researchers willing to leave the country.

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