I was recently reading about the faillure of the SSC project in history class. This project failed because after the cold war the possible spin-offs from the project were deemed insignifigant compared to the massive costs of the project and there were other projects (big biology and condensed matter physics, for example) that had much more promising results at a lower cost. (at least to my knowledge. Any other insight?) As someone interested in physics, I would like to see such a project fully realized. I understand why the government isn't interested in a project that can't promise the weapons but is there something else they are missing? What can high energy physics give to the community (other than a much deeper understanding of the fundamental workings of the universe)? Will there ever be a day where doing "science for the sake of doing science" on such a large scale will recieve the funding it needs?