The Accountability Layer

Rep. Lamar Smith says his proposed changes for NSF would add "a layer of accountability."

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Accountable innovation? I'll

Accountable innovation?

I'll be creative between the hours of 8 AM to 5 PM, Monday through Friday?

(except for July 4, my birthday, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years and two weeks in August)

There's only one response to such an enlightened proposal:

Jumbo Shrimp!

Well it's my tax money. You

Well it's my tax money. You think I don't have the right to require that you account for its use and the right to cut you off if you are unsatisfactory?

I understand the fear of changing the existing peer review system wherein the biggest name gets the biggest bucks regardless of the quality or originality of the proposal; the courtiers and devoted minions come next; and YOU, not I, get to decide whether or not your efforts were successful(and of course they are almost always triumphal).