Years ago I was shooting the breeze with a buddy and some study that had recently been released came up and I started kicking around the idea of starting a foundation dedicated to securing grant monies to conduct studies. His momma is Mexican so he’s a protected class even though he doesn’t speak a lick of Spanish and can’t eat spicy food. We would have had him and his mom as the owners or directors or whatever so as to qualify as a women and minority owned business. Then we just start applying for federal, state, county, local – hell, even private – grant money to crank out blindingly obvious studies on the hot topics du jour.
That dream has been deferred but lately I’ve been thinking of resuscitating it. Producing studies that reinforce Washington’s ideological biases and being rewarded with more grant dollars to further validate the beliefs of whichever side is in power. Or conversely, challenging strongly held beliefs with a study and requiring additional funding for further research to at least somewhat vindicate liberal or conservative dogma.
Of course it would all be not-for-profit and tax exempt.
I got to thinking about it again when I saw a news item on the stunning results of a study.
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