Years ago, the late U.S. senator from Wisconsin, William Proxmire — well, he wasn’t the late senator back then — got good political mileage out of presenting his annual “Golden Fleece” awards to public officials who, in his view, wasted taxpayer money.
Winners included the United States Army for funding a study about how to buy Worcestershire sauce; the National Institute on Drug Abuse for an examination of marijuana’s effect on sexual arousal; and the U.S. Postal Service for an ad campaign encouraging us Americans to write more letters to each another.
Wonder what Bill Proxmire would have thought of some recent research at the public University of Illinois? Read the rest of this entry »