I thought I replied to this earlier but somehow it didn't get through? Anyway.
I read this a while ago, and it makes me very sad. We need more jobs in science, especially basic research.
I'm not an American, but it makes me sad that a country that once stood for intellectual advancement etc is now doing increasingly poorly in that regard. That, and the freedom of speech thing is cool. It seems I might have to turn to Europe (Germany, Switzerland, maybe?) or my home country (Singapore) to continue to realise the importance of science enough to fund it.