Annual Report

Can We Afford Science Research?

On December 14, 1972, the voice of astronaut Gene Cernan, the last man to walk on the moon, came through the loudspeaker at NASA Houston: “I take man’s last step from the surface, back home for some time to come…God-willing we will return.”  The Apollo missions, of which Apollo 17 was the last, were by […]

Public Media Fights Above Its Weight

In 1969, a softspoken protestant minister with a manner too gentle for Washington appeared before the Senate Subcommittee on Communications.  The question was whether the federal government would grant the recently created Corporation for Public Broadcasting the 20 million dollars it needed to get off the ground.  Asked to testify on behalf of educational children’s […]

Runaway Medicare and Medicaid Spending

Health care spending in the United States has been growing significantly faster than the national economy for several years, posing serious threats to the solvency of Medicare and Medicaid. The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) projects that federal spending to support Medicare and Medicaid will rise to 12% of the GDP in 2050 and 19% of […]

A Moral Conundrum: How American Business Money Changes the International Landscape

The world’s largest capitalist society is expanding, dominating industry and innovation and inspiring awe for its economic prowess. Capitalist America’s journey into 21st century business is accompanied by an expansion of the scope of business itself—into international markets and politics. American business money, as much as federal money, floods international markets and thereby guides the […]

Another Slice? Asking for More

If there’s one thing that the New York Times and Sarah Palin can agree on, it’s that Congress is full of money-grubbing crooks.

Finding the Cure for Healthcare

Before signing the historic Social Security Act of 1965 that would create modern-day Medicare and Medicaid, President Lyndon Johnson took a moment to reflect on tradition. “It calls upon us never to be indifferent toward despair,” Johnson said. “It commands us never to turn away from helplessness. It directs us never to ignore or to […]