Skip to comments.Taxpayers are paying for scientific scaremongering
Posted on 07/16/2016 10:51:19 AM PDT by K Street Eyes
Congress might want to take a hard look at how taxpayers money is being squandered on junk science by some federal agencies.
One of the problems with government funded research is that organizations like the National Institutes of Health (NIH) provide grants to international organizations that have had a history of producing studies to target politically unpopular products and services. Right now, one international organization is waging a public relations war on coffee using American tax dollars to attack this popular, maybe Americas most popular, beverage.
All scientific funding should come from the private sector, not from the taxpayers who always pay through the barrel of the gubmint gun. If it is important, it will be funded by businesses. If it has no value, it will remain a theory or a hypothesis.
Today, the solitary inventor, tinkering in his shop, has been overshadowed by task forces of scientists in laboratories and testing fields. In the same fashion, the free university, historically the fountainhead of free ideas and scientific discovery, has experienced a revolution in the conduct of research. Partly because of the huge costs involved, a government contract becomes virtually a substitute for intellectual curiosity. For every old blackboard there are now hundreds of new electronic computers. The prospect of domination of the nation's scholars by Federal employment, project allocations, and the power of money is ever present -- and is gravely to be regarded.Eisenhower hit dead center with that warning.
Yet, in holding scientific research and discovery in respect, as we should, we must also be alert to the equal and opposite danger that public policy could itself become the captive of a scientific-technological elite.
If you want to put an end to government funding of studies and research, simply pass a rule stating that all research and results from anything funded by the taxpayers (either directly or indirectly through funding of the institution) is in the public domain and must be published in its entirety.
All devices and systems developed from publicly funded projects are likewise forbidden from being privately patented or protected - any United States company may produce any number of reproductions of that software, device, finding, recording or work of art. Licensing of any derivative work for creations overseas shall be handled by the Treasury department.
Great idea. All existing patents that used any gubmint funding should retroactively require the patent owner to pay the taxpayers proportional amount until the patent expires. Otherwise, the patent automatically expires.
Can’t we all agree that taxpayers’ money is being squandered on junk federal agencies?
Congress is not empowered to tax for those purposes which are within the exclusive province of the States. Justice John Marshall, Gibbons v. Ogden, 1824.
Remember in November !
Patriots need to support Trump / Pence by also electing a new, state sovereignty-respecting Congress that will work within its constitutional Article I, Section 8-limited powers to not only support Trumps vision for making America great again for everybody, but will also put a stop to unconstitutonal federal taxes and unconstituionl federal interference in state affairs.
Note that such a Congress will also probably be willing to fire state sovereignty-igoring activist justices.
“Right now, one international organization is waging a public relations war on coffee using American tax dollars to attack this popular, maybe Americas most popular, beverage.”
The organization they are referring to is a mess. They classified coffee as a carcinogen 25 years ago and then had a hasty press conference in June to say geez maybe coffee actually reduces cancer but they didn’t actually release their findings or take coffee off their list of carcinogens, but said they might do it after their report came out. A mess.
But this article is even more of a mess. The IARC did “wage war” on coffee but now they are confusedly laying down their arms and abandoning the fight in a hasty and messy retreat. And even that happened a month ago. So what the heck is the opening point of this story, and the meaning of “Right now ...”?? That’s 25 year old news.
Also the Hill website is a mess of pop-ups that constantly cover over the article you’re trying to read and crash my browser.
organizations like the National Institutes of Health (NIH) provide grants to international organizations”
NO, CONGRESS IS!!
Sadly, the Constitution allows allocation of taxes to pay Debt. Even if the Debt was accrued from illegitimate spending of borrowed money.
It’s the perfect crime, and until that loophole is closed or the whole scam collapses, the US will continue to hemorrhage money.
Constitution-savvy patriots need to get Trump, voters and federal and state government lawmakers up to speed on Congresss limited power to appropriate taxes, and then discuss constitutional options as to what to do about debt created by unconstitutional federal taxes.
Heres an interesting thread concerning Trump and creditors.
Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.