Shrinking the role of government is hurting science

Yesterday, U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., released his 2014 Wastebook, an annual report on government spending that Coburn deems wasteful, largely because, on the surface, the projects sound like silly ways to spend federal dollars. This year’s version—the last due to Coburn’s retirement at the adjournment of this Congress—follows a rather typical path