Poll: Does the Government Spend
Enough on R&D? - RF Cafe Forums
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Does the Government
Spend Enough on R&D?
Too much - (U.S. R&D)
[ 1 ]
The right amount - (U.S.
[ 3 ]
Not enough - (U.S. R&D)
[ 21 ]
Too much - (other country
[ 2 ]
The right amount - (other
[ 1 ]
Not enough - (other country
[ 2 ]
votes : 30
Post subject: Does the Government Spend
Enough on R&D?
Posted: Wed Jul 12, 2006 8:40 am
Joined: Sun Aug 03,
2003 2:02 pm Posts: 451 Location: Erie,
Criticisms appear regularly in
print regarding the U.S. Government not
allocating enough funds for basic research and
development. The argument goes that most, if not
all other, governments of industrialized nations
do spend a lot of taxpayer money on R&D as well
as heavily subsidizing private manufacturing.
This goes for both the military and commercial
Many would argue that no, the Fed
does not spend nearly enough to offset the
“unfair” advantage provided to our international
competitors by their (sometimes collective;,
e.g. the EU) governments. However, many of the
same people define attempts to assist businesses
through tax breaks or other considerations as
I am of the belief
that the U.S. government spends way too much of
my tax dollars on propping up its own grossly
bloated bureaucracy and on well-meaning but
criminally inefficient social programs (consider
the cost of pandering to illegal aliens, as a
recent headlines example). Instead, IMHO, those
dollars should be funding unprecedented levels
of R&D by both universities and industry. Rather
than perpetuating the welfare class by
encouraging and rewarding slothfulness, increase
the opportunities for advancement in society by
providing basically unlimited access to
productive endeavors. Those who are able and
decline will be left behind by their own choice,
while those who are truly not able will be the
deserving the beneficiaries of a benevolent
By the way, do not even bother
arguing about the money “wasted” on defense. If
it were not for our strong defense, your
opportunity would be determined by what your
conquerors decided was the best use for your
talents. Recall that during WWII, the Nazis used
Jewish PhDs on assembly lines to assemble
munitions for Germany.
than on wasteful defense spending)?
since RF Cafe is visited by folks from many
nations, there are options for you vote about
your own country's R&D spending.