Shortsighted priorities

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Science  02 Jun 2017:
Vol. 356, Issue 6341, pp. 887
DOI: 10.1126/science.aan8256

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The U.S. president's proposed budget for next fiscal year, released on 23 May, reflects a shortsighted and misinformed understanding of the impact that government investments in science have on the lives of people throughout society, far beyond just those doing research. Thankfully, this document does not determine future government spending; the U.S. Congress, from which substantial bipartisan criticism of the budget has already emerged, establishes this subsequently through the appropriations process. Nonetheless, this budget is an important statement of the priorities of an administration that, despite its bold promises of economic prosperity and American greatness, seems not to grasp fundamental elements underlying decades of prosperity.