Next week, the country goes to the polls to pick a new president. In some respects the choices are clearcut. Under the relentless spotlight of the campaign trail, Michael Dukakis has emerged as a cool technocrat committed to such new social policies as universal health insurance and tighter cohtrols on military spending, while making no secret of his belief that current abortion law is correct. Bush, on the other hand, comes across as a friendly relative walking in the footsteps of Ronald Reagan and advocating, among other things, a major cut in the capital gains tax and the “illegalization,” except in cases of rape, or abortion.

But when it comes to science and technology issues, both candidates are largely enigmas. Yet, during the next few years, a number of crucial decisions on science and technology will have to be made. Should the United States double the budget of the National...

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