- From: "Jim Kress"
- Subject: CCL:G: Summary
- Date: Fri, 28 Oct 2005 20:52:28 -0400
Sent to CCL by: "Jim Kress" [ccl_nospam^^^kressworks.com]
The point that was being made is that Gaussian (or other private entities)
should not be allowed to profit (i.e. make money) by using property (i.e.
taxes) taken by force from other parties (i.e. taxpayers). Remember,
taxpayers are being made to do without in order to provide the money for
these grants being used in Academia or Industry.
I understand that this is a threatening concept to many in Academia or
Industry that choose to depend on government money. However, it's a moral
issue with which the scientific community needs to deal. In addition, just
because this behavior has been accepted for many years does not vindicate
its continuing imposition on people who have better uses for their own
money. The money belongs to the taxpayer, not members of Academia or
Industry. Academia or Industry have no right to compel their neighbors,
friends, families, and citizens who live far away to fund their salaries or
In addition, with regard to Mr. Frisch's remarks, the itemized listing I
provided was presented in response to his claim that Gaussian 'fully funded'
all development activity for the Gaussian programs. The list of examples
(including the Italian ones) clearly demonstrate that Mr. Frisch's assertion
was false and, if he would read further down the list he would see that the
US Government (i.e., taxpayers) did provide funding for at least the listed
additions to Gaussian 03 and probably many more.
Anyway, I've made my point and said all I believe I need to say on this
topic. However, it is a problem that needs to be dealt with within the
overall scientific community since, as has been recently noted in the press,
the dependence of our community on funding from political organizations
(i.e. the government) is making us susceptible to preferential funding of
work based on specific political agendas. This is a situation we cannot
tolerate if we hope to retain an image of impartiality (which is already
eroding - e.g. the refusal of C&E News, Science, Nature, and other journals
to publish peer reviewed articles (or summaries thereof) that refute claims
of catastrophic anthropogenic climate change, etc.)
"The reformation was preceded by the discovery of America, as if the
Almighty graciously meant to open a sanctuary to the persecuted in future
years, when home should afford neither friendship nor safety." -- Thomas
Paine (Common Sense, 1776)