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not a DIME authorized for scientific research

That is your view, but it is not shared by most people, the US courts, most of the US Congress, or even the current US President. So it is a lonely view. And it is not a correct legal reading. You are overlooking the comma which the US Supreme Court, full of top-notch lawyers, pays attention to. Also, the US Constitution Taxing and Spending Clause gives Congress the power to spend however it wants when the spending provides for the general welfare of the United States. The US Federal Government has long funded basic scientific research and will continue to do so.

"The great majority of countries now acknowledge the importance of STI for sustaining growth over the longer term."
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