"Many people still cling to the idea that government is, without exception, a drag upon the private economy. Conservatives 'know that when it comes to economic progress,' Arthur Brooks, the president of the American Enterprise Institute, wrote last year in National Review, 'the best government philosophy is one that starts every day with the question, "What can we do today to get out of Americans’ way?"' They imagine the United States as a land of plucky inventor-entrepreneurs ('We built it!' they cry) who work out of garages and depend solely on their wits. The problem is that this vision of American inventiveness is pure myth."
In The New Republic, John B. Judis calls for an end to cuts in federal spending on science research.