We’ve got an interesting discussion going on regarding the decline effect here. David Cooper, one of my former doctoral students, has an interesting viewpoint.
In the meantime, Obama’s wrap up of his successes during the Lame Duck session of Congress curiously didn’t include mention of the COMPETE Act. ScienceInsider takes note here. I think this is probably significant for the science community and we should watch carefully in January as the new Congress gets itself bootstrapped.
The Blizzard missed Washington DC entirely I’m pleased to report. My sympathies to our neighbors in New York and Boston (to say nothing of Philly).