Sunday, March 24, 2013

This is good news!

Here a rare example of political foresight and responsibility: The US Senate has decided to reduce spending on low-priority political science research grants.  Tom Colburn (R-OK) spearheaded the effort and had this to say:
“I’m pleased the Senate accepted an amendment that restricts funding to low-priority political science grants,” Coburn said in a statement following the vote. “There is no reason to spend $251,000 studying Americans’ attitudes toward the U.S. Senate when citizens can figure that out for free.”
NSF funding for such research has long been a target of Coburn’s. The Republican offered a similar amendment in 2009, and in 2011 released an oversight report on the NSF’s “mismanagement and misplaced priorities.”
You can read the entire article here.