Why wouldn’t anyone favor money for cancer research and tuition assistance for service members, and take it from funding for the National Science Foundation which involves political science research? Wasn’t that research into the correlation between democracies and war enough of a bribe? No, according to Tom Coburn.
Why? Who knows. Sen. Tom Coburn has been on an anti-political science kick for years for no real discernible reason. “Theories on political behavior,” he said a few years ago, “are best left to CNN, pollsters, pundits, historians, candidates, political parties, and the voters, rather than being funded out of taxpayers’ wallets.” That makes no sense, but that’s his reason, and it’s no surprise that he’s continued his jihad. What is a surprise is that he managed to get a bunch of Democrats to tag along with him on this go-around.