Attack problems whose solutions are bad for business.If the government wants to fund a grand national effort, it should attack problems whose solutions are bad for business. For instance, let's cure cancer. The biomedical industry treats cancer with drugs, surgery, and other high-budget interventions. But it has no financial incentive to find a cure, which would destroy its $82-billion-a-year business. The U.S. government spent only $5.1 billion on cancer research in 2011. We need more funding for cures. And if we really threw some money at it, we might even find out what environmental factors help cause cancer and then move from curing it to preventing it altogether. The same argument applies to other major maladies in the U.S.: heart disease, diabetes, and obesity.