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US politician helpfully suggests keywords you can use when looking for research projects to attack

20 September, 2013

It seems that Australia’s Coalition politician Joe Hockey has an intellectual brother in the Republican Party!

Historian Zach Schrag (who has published a groundbreaking book on the history of ethics review, Ethical Imperialism) just told me about an American politician who is encouraging his constituents to search through National Science Foundation grants and highlight ones that they believe are a waste of tax dollars.  Republican Majority Leader Eric Cantor promises that with his YouCut Project, “Together, we will identify wasteful spending that should be cut.”

What’s more, Cantor helpfully suggests several keywords that you might use to search through the NSF database for “wasteful” research, including:

  • culture
  • media
  • games
  • social norms
  • museum
  • leisure

And, of course

  • lawyers

I’m not even kidding.

One Comment leave one →
  1. Jovan Maud permalink*
    20 September, 2013 6:15 pm

    What, no gender or sexuality? He’s really been pretty lax.

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