Fund Us, Too, Please

At Building Confidence, Russ Altman says that the US stimulus package should fund academic research. He lists different ways that research grants affect the economy, including job creation, job training, and the development of new technologies. "Research is a great investment: jobs today and potential discoveries that will form the basis of our economy in the future," Altman writes.

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