The Argument for Federal Research: the Oleo Sponge


The late Senator William Proxmire (D, Wisconsin) used to belittle pure research, handing out “Golden Fleece Awards” to federal-subsidized researchers whose work he thought had no scientific value. Eventually,¬†his name became a verb, meaning to unfairly obstruct scientific research for political gain, as in “the project has been proxmired”. Senator¬†Proxmire was accused of recklessly attacking…