This petition is one CPDD members and other concerned citizens should consider endorsing because investment in NIH is a win-win-win for Americans by:
1) increasing life expectancy and quality of life
2) providing a net positive long term return of at least 25% per year (e.g., $125 returned for each $100 invested) on the federal investment in terms of total economic stimulus
3) catalyzing innovation and discovery, both of which are endangered when budget cuts reduce pay lines, creating a risk-averse funding environment
For those interested in more detailed discussions of these points, see the following links to past CPDDBlog posts:
Thanks to CPDD member James Rowlett for raising awareness about this petition.