I know that I am likely to start a firestorm here but I am curious, what do you folks think about the future of research and education in this country. I am talking not just publicly funded research but privately funded as well i.e. future of research and education in totality. Pardon me for making such a political statement, but I think that there is something seriously wrong with a country which believes in cutting research and education funds in name of cutting deficits while giving tax breaks to the millionaires. Sounds penny wise pound foolish to me. Even if we discount the cuts in publicly funded research, do you see the private sector really stepping in and making up for the public sector cutbacks? From my experience in the corporate world, I have not really found the private sector to be particularly far-sighted and willing to fund long term research with uncertain prospects. I don't know about you but all this makes me very concerned indeed.