Your template comparing FPGAs to the GCC compiler is flawed. There is a great economy of scale for FOSS compilers. There isn't one for FPGAs.
Nice rant, wrong topic, IMHO.
The real story is that things like NASA, NIH, Roads/Bridges, border enforcement aren't important to dear leader, so the budget for those entities suffers.
Now make the case that NASA has suffered due to the anti-tax movement. I'm listening.