voted unanimously to support an amendment offered by Tom Coburn to limit NSF funding for Political Science grants to projects that develop "national security or the economic interests of the United States." Coburn's hostility to Political Science research can be found here. The text of the amendment itself is provided here.
Although everyone recognizes that topics go in and out of favor for funding by granting agencies, Coburn's amendment and its voice vote approval is a terrible development. It is another example of politicians effectively limiting the freedom of inquiry under the guise of fiscal restraint. In this case, it is particularly striking because if you read Coburn's statement above you will see that he objects in quite fundamental fashion to research that helps clarify how American politics actually operates. I wonder why.
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