'America First' Endangers American Tech Leadership
The slashes in the President’s budget to science, education, and safety net funding up against the additional billions for a border wall with Mexico, are the most recent example of how the “America First” agenda has us hunkering down in ways that will actually undermine America’s future prosperity and leadership.
The President’s budget proposes $1 billion in cuts to the National Science Foundation, and $5 billion to the National Institutes of Health while finding over $8 billion for wall construction and increasing defense spending beyond what military leaders requested. Research on climate change science would drop by two-thirds; Department of Education funding and the social safety net would be slashed. And the administration has failed to respond to calls for ethical guidelines on emerging AI technologies from academics, civil society, and even several tech companies.