Eric Cantor, Republican whip and soon-to-be Majority Leader has a horrible idea. He wants to cut government spending (which is not necessarily the best choice right now), and he thinks the place to start is the NSF.
To top it off, he’s too lazy to do his own research. So he put up a website where teabaggers can search NSF grants and report the ones that make them feel stupid. Here’s the guidance he gave on finding wasteful grants:
In the “Search Award For” field, try some keywords, such as: success, culture, media, games, social norm, lawyers, museum, leisure, stimulus, etc. to bring up grants. If you find a grant that you believe is a waste of your taxdollars, be sure to record the award number.
Yes, Cantor is coining the word “taxdollar.” Worse yet, he thinks that “museum” is a word that marks wasteful projects.
I’ve asked it before, and not gotten any compelling counter argument: Is conservative Republicanism epistemically incompatible with science?
But hey, there’s no Republican war on science.