CCL:G: Summary

 Sent to CCL by: "Jim Kress" [ccl_nospam^^^]
 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
 other activities.
 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.)
 Jim Kress
 "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)