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It's narrow-minded to argue that we don't need more scientists because there are already unemployed ones today. Science & technology are what create grotwh in the US, that's pretty much the only competitive advantage left to the US (industry and services are going in other parts of the world). We need more scientists to keep the US at the top of innovation, and hence to create and sustain growth, not barely only to fill today's already existing positions.