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Oh the Sad Irony; Thoughts on a Report to President Truman in 1945

Words that ring true almost 70 years later. I’m reposting them here just so I can come back to them at a future date (i.e., when I’m not on deadline for a couple of other articles).

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I stumbled across a report from Director of the Office of Scientific Research and DevelopmentVannevar Bush to President Harry Truman in July 1945 in response to Roosevelt’s Letter a year earlier which stated:

“New frontiers of the mind are before us, and if they are pioneered with the same vision, boldness, and drive with which we have waged this war we can create a fuller and more fruitful employment and a fuller and more fruitful life.”–

FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT November 17, 1944.

Almost 70 years later, I feel Bush’s words and recommendations within the Report ring just as relevant. In a time when developed countries have increased funding for research and development in FY2012, TWO countries stood out like sore thumbs for decreasing federal research dollars; the United States and Canada. I wish this report could be redistributed to all members of Congress. In this post, I want to…

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