Future budgets for astronomy?
I can't go into details why, but I'm wondering about the potential for budget cuts in astronomy in the coming years.
I'm in a discussion with someone who says that the governments of both the US and Europe will cut all funding for astronomy, resulting in no launches for research, and the closing of all ground based telescopes.*
He's stating an opinion, but he's stating is as fact. I think this is just silly, but I'd like something to back up my opinion.
How reliant is astronomy on government funding?
If funding is completely cut off, how much of an impact would it really have?
*I really can't go into his reasoning on the open forum, for a number of reasons. If it's absolutely critical that you know why he said this, I'll answer via PM, but it will probably come off as an ad-hom.
I'm Not Evil.
An evil person would do the things that pop into my head.