From the Washington Post interview with former National Institutes of Health Director Elias Zerhouni, on the sequester:
"Q: That answers one possible defense of the cuts, which is that the scientists could just go work for private industry instead.
A: That’s ridiculous. That’s the most ridiculous, caveman statement I’ve ever heard. That’s not the way science works. Science works with bright young people who are attracted to science. ... Research is an investment, it’s not an expense."