Dr. Charles M. Vest
America's "Spectacular successes" in science and technology are in
danger of being undermined by proposed federal budget cuts in
civilian research, warned the president of the Massachusetts
Institute of Technology in an NPC luncheon address July 18, 1995.
Dr. Charles M. Vest said that under current budget proposals to
reduce research by more than one third "we are in danger of
disinvesting in our future. The cost of doing so...and of drifting
toward mediocrity in science, technology and advanced education is
simply too great to pay." Vest said the issue at hand "transcends
partisan politics. It is whether Washington decision-makers have
the political will and vision to serve society's long-term need for
new knowledge...and, above all, for superbly educated young men and
women." Vest said the federal government is rightly concerned
about the budget deficit but "these decisions have to be based on
a vision of the future and on an understanding of what hangs in the
balance." National Press Club
, Volume XLV, No. 28. July 27, 1995.
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