By the way, can you cite the Article and Clause of the Constitution that authorizes that “science and education are good things and that taxpayer funding of these endeavors is not a handout or welfare but an investment in our future?”[/quote]
It doesn’t have an express authorization for subsidies, but the Constitution certainly affirms that “science and education” are good things by way of the Patent Clause:
Congress shall have Power. . .To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries. - Article I, Section 8
Point being, there can be an argument over the means to advance “science and the useful arts”, but certainly the Constitution is not agnostic as to the value of them.[/quote]
I am all for helping out the science and research community, but I would like to focus on the “limited Time” part. We support a persons hypothesis for decades and then never get to a conclusion, but the person hired dozens of people and purchased many pieces of equipment, and the government paid for it. Yes this might be the exception and not the rule, but government grants should only be used for a short period of time say 5 years. After that your research has to be privately funded. IMO If you are going to have a viable research plan it will be able to raise money privately with in 5 years. If not then your research is crap.