Concerned scientists on the dole reacted with fury when an amendment to the Continuing Appropriations Act of 2013, offered by spending scold Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla), passed the Senate. It will limit the National Science Foundation’s ability to award political science grants to only those projects directly related to national security or the economic interests of the United States. “The amendment makes all scientific research vulnerable to the whims of political pressure,” shrieked the American Political Science Association in a press release.
The horror! Imagine what would happen if entrenched technocrats and the tenured professors they support were actually held accountable by the elected representatives of the taxpayers who pay their bills?
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