Abolish NSF Grants or the NSF?

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The National Science Foundation (NSF), an independent federal agency created by Congress in 1950 that funds “approximately 20 percent of all federally supported basic research conducted by America’s colleges and universities,” and, “in many fields such as mathematics, computer science and the social sciences,” is “the major source of federal backing.” Conservatives are upset with the NSF, again, just like they periodically get upset with the NEA, NEH, CPB, or the EPA. This time it is because the NSF is funding the development of card games, videos and other educational programs “to engage adult learners and inform public understanding and response to climate change.” The “$5.7 million Polar Learning and Responding (PoLAR) project is just the latest in a series of federally-funded climate change efforts since Congress established the Climate Change Educational Partnership (CCEP) in 2009.”

I am just as outraged as conservatives, of course, but my outrage extends much further. It is the NSF itself that should be abolished, not just grants it makes to promote liberal causes. Why didn’t the conservatives that controlled the Congress for over four years under a conservative president abolish the NSF? Because they are enemies of the Constitution, federalism, the taxpayers, and limited government.

Yet, a $10,000 prize was just awarded by Richard Viguerie, chairman of ConservativeHQ.com, for the best plan for conservatives to take over the Republican Party and govern America in 2017.

God save us from being governed by conservatives. The fact that they are all drug warriors is reason enough to abhor them.

7:39 pm on September 1, 2013
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