In raw numbers? Perhaps, but we have to consider things like inflation and percentage of GDP.
Well, the cut they are talking about is a cut in raw numbers (of dollars allotted to NIH), so doing comparisons in row numbers is apples to apples comparison here. Btw, Reagan was an amateur compare to Obama when it comes to deficit spending. No one has spent money on a scale that even compares to Obama during peace time... not even close... It's really quite unbelievable how bad he is. He spent so much money in his 1st year, they literally ran out of people to whom they could give the money. They "stimulus" funding sitting unclaimed because they funded every wildest fantasy anyone could invent and apply for and still they had half a trillion (that's 500 billion or 500,000 million dollars) sitting unclaimed because no one could figure out what to spend it on.
Tax receipts during say WW2 were much higher, and so was spending.
Yes, spending was much higher during WW2.... on this big ticket item called WORLD WAR 2. You know... the big ticket item which could be cut after the war was over. Are you gonna cut spending on WW2 again now?