Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Nobel but not Noble

A recent letter from past Nobel Prize winners advocates Americans choose Barack Obama as the next president of the United States. Their rational is that the Bush Administration via the Federal Government diminished funds for scientific research. While I do not agree with the policies of the Bush Administration, it is unconstitutional for federal funds to be used in scientific research. Where in the constitution does it say that the federal government is supposed to fund research? Matters of funding research is left up to the States, Individuals, and Organizations, NOT the Federal Government.

The assumption is that these "smart" Nobel Prize winners, the intellectual elite so to speak, are also smart enough to know who to put in power as President of United States. However, just skimming their credentials shows the bias the Nobel Prize winners have, Physics, Chemistry, and Medicine. None from Literature, Peace, or even Economics. Of course these Nobel Prize winners want someone who will pay their salary.

Ideally, all research funds would be garnered via the free market, where businesses, organizations, and individuals will contribute to further research. The Noble thing to do would be to stop all Federally Funds towards Science, and let the market decide which research is worthy of further development.

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