Sequestration Will Be the New Normal

One thing about the sequestration (the across the board budget cuts that will take place March 1) that most people don’t realize is that they are supposed to be the new baseline, the ‘new normal.’ I suspect a lot of people believe these cuts will be temporary, that when the economy recovers and crisis is averted (although that won’t happen without an increase in federal deficit spending…), budgets will rise again.

They won’t. The cuts we’re seeing will essentially be the new baseline. That decreased payline at NIH? Cuts to the CDC budget? The plan is that those cuts will not be restored. While the details of the cuts might differ somewhat if a deal is reached, on the whole, compared to where we are today, most things will be cut.

We have so much to fix, and so much new to build, but we would actually cut back across the board. This is how we crush the future and the hope (remember hope?) of an entire generation.

This is no way to run a country.

Kill the sequester.

And you’ll notice the one plan that causes the least amount of pain is, as is always the case, completely ignored by our political betters in the Mandarin Class.

This is another reason why we can’t have nice things.

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2 Responses to Sequestration Will Be the New Normal

  1. Drugmonkey says:

    Oh, we realize, we realize. I think grant funded types are just hoping this will kill of other labs, restoring the lab/$NIH budget ratio.

    Yes….dream on, I realize.

  2. MCA says:

    I hold out hope that they will be temporary (I have no faith in Congress avoiding them), because once they do go into effect, the resulting clusterfuck will piss off so much of the general public that either Congress will do their jobs or largely be out on their assess in the 2014 elections.

    Personally, I’m wondering what the scientific funding situations are like in Canada, the UK, Europe, and elsewhere. My field is dirt cheap, and while I’d like to stay in the US, if I can’t get the grants I need to make tenure, I’ve got no other option.

    Alternatively, I’m pretty good at dissection, so I could always fund my research by disposing of bodies for the local Mafia.

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