In case you need more proof that science is the foundation of the modern economy you can read this story from Forbes:
Beyond The Fiscal Cliff, Pharmaceutical Innovation Is The Key To Long-Term Fiscal Health
Medicine is one of the fastest growing segments of the economy, and one of the key components of that growth is the development of new medicines and new medical technology. And both are based, in large measure, on science at the cutting edge. The United States has long dominated the field of medical research. And it will continue to dominate only so long as we as a nation take science seriously. That means supporting it in education, and where necessary, funding it through government programs.