Monday, April 11th, 2011
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Why Do Our Elected Officials Love Cancer?

Do you want to care about something boring and dull but important? Sure you do! While the budget is being hammered out for our fine country's 2011 fiscal year, so far the House has suggested they'd be happy cutting $1.6 billion from the National Institutes of Health. What's that you say? We pay money from our taxes to go to health research? How disgusting! But it turns out that when legislators actually know what the NIH does, they want to give it more money, not less. Also? Unlike much of the government, the NIH makes money [PDF] for America. Through science! While they are, you know, curing diseases and stuff. But whatever. Cut that budget down!

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fedredhead (#3,965)

Thanks for the shout out Choire! I work at NIH. There are a lot of diseases that used to be fatal and are now considered curable or chronic — HIV-AIDS is one of the best examples — and that would never have happened without NIH funded research. So, yeah, your tax dollars are hard at work here helping people not die.

superdave (#8,972)

Hey, I work at N.I.H. too!

For anyone seriously interested in supporting medical research, I suggest sending me a suitcase full of small, unmarked bills.

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