Stimulus Money and Academia
Our local paper published a long piece today about use of our tax dollars. The article is entitled “VU puts stimulus funds to work.” The writer and Vanderbilt University are boasting about Vanderbilt having snagged $87 million in stimulus dollars to fund 194 difference academic research grants. Because they were spending my money, I read the entire article to learn how the money was being used. I was thrilled to discover, as one example, that someone over there is being stimulated to investigate the formation of nerve cells in the bladder.
What I didn’t find anywhere in the article was a report of a single new job being created from the expenditure of our $87 million. I thought jobs were the point. Could they have least reported the hiring of a new lab tech or two?
I am all for scientific research. But this looks more like tax dollars being distributed just to give university academics something to justify their own existence. That’s not addressing the root cause of our present recession.