Ivory tower, under attack

The federal government should stop funding political science and leave the field to pundits and bloggers, says Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.)

The Oklahoma Republican introduced an amendment yesterday to an annual appropriations bill that would eliminate funding for the National Science Foundation’s political science research.

Coburn said cable news networks could fill the void

From The Hill.

This idea, when you think about it, has merit. While we’re at it, we should turn economic policy over to the American Enterprise Institute and investment bankers. What could go wrong?

In the event you don’t think this sounds like such a great idea, the POLMETH listserv alerts me to the following:

APSA has posted a link to send e-mails to your respective members of Congress as well as an on-line petition which you may wish to sign. Just go to http://www.apsanet.org/index.cfm if you want to add your name.