Story URL: http://news.medill.northwestern.edu/washington/news.aspx?id=104383
Story Retrieval Date: 5/24/2013 4:45:42 PM CST
WASHINGTON – The election of Barack Obama to the presidency brought a new set of questions to the table.
Who will get posts in the cabinet? Who will be his top advisers? How will all of them work to solve the economic meltdown?
The last question is one with its own set of problems. Spending $700 billion on the banking sector likely means that some of the more aggressive programs Obama put forth during his campaign will be put on hold.
During his debates with John McCain, Obama was cautious about saying what programs would wait or what might be cut, and said he preferred to use a “scalpel” to go at the budget rather than cut programs wholesale.
Some of the legislation passed by Congress last month (approved in large part during or just after the financial bailout) had impacts on the science community.
New intellectual property protections and additional funding for NASA were passed and signed by President Bush in the past few weeks.
Both the programs require additional money.
Could these programs in science and technology be on the chopping block next year?