Published on Oct 14, 2014 by Dave Acton Reporting
Of course, between the fiscal years 2000 and 2004, NIH’s budget jumped a whopping 58 percent. HHS’s 70,000 workers will spend a total of $958 billion this year, or about $7,789 for every U.S. household. A 2012 report on federal spending including the following nuggets about how NIH spends its supposedly tight funds: a $702,558 grant for the study of the impact of televisions and gas generators on villages in Vietnam. $175,587 to the University of Kentucky to study the impact of cocaine on the sex drive of Japanese quail. $55,382 to study hookah smoking in Jordan. $592,527 to study why chimpanzees throw objects.
Last year there were news reports about a $509,840 grant from NIH to pay for a study that will send text messages in “gay lingo” to meth-heads. There are many other shake-your-head examples of misguided spending that are easy to find.
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