For example, National Institutes of Health budget has been increased less than 1%, the National Science Foundation breaks even with its 2004 appropriations (a 2.6% increase this year that basically does nothing but erase the 2005 decrease, and leave the NSF budget doubling initiative $8 billion behind schedule), and here's the biggest travesty of all: the VA sees yet another funding decrease, of 2.2%. Considering the rate of biomedical research inflation is expected to be 3.2% in '06, this hurts.
That's right. In the middle of a War of Convenience/neverending occupation where 1700 American troops have already died and who knows how many others are casualties, this administration is cutting the budget for the Veteran's Administration. Speaking from a neuroscience perspective, where do they think funding comes from to study issues like post-traumatic stress disorder? This is an insult to those who diligently serve in our armed forces. The message is clear; after being called to walk the pits of Hades for your country, we don't give a damn about your well-being-- psychological or physical-- when we're through with you.
*budget numbers come from: spring 2005 Neuroscience Quarterly, a publication of the Society for Neuroscience