The New York Times reported yesterday on Senator Tom Coburn’s opposition to continued National Science Foundation Funding for research in political Science. The article points out that NSF was a significant funder of the 2009 Nobel prize winner Elinor Ostrom and that political scientists are called upon by policy makers in the U.S. and abroad for their expertise.
Update: On October 14, the Chronicle of Higher Education reported that Coburn invoked the practice of waterboarding in describing the federal debt that would be accumulated because of NSF funding policies. “I have five grandchildren… You know what—we are going to waterboard them. That is what we are going to do… We are going to flood them with debt.”