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Hick GOP Senator Questions ‘Humanities’ Grants

From Fox News:

GOP senator questions federal grants to study ‘meaning of life,’ other vague topics

By Barnini Chakraborty | October 24, 2013

WASHINGTON –  Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions [from Alabama] wants to know why thousands of taxpayer dollars are being spent by the National Endowment for the Humanities on research projects and grants probing seemingly impossible-to-answer questions like, “What is the meaning of life?” and “What is the good life and how do I live it?"

Sessions, the ranking member of the Senate Budget Committee, sent an Oct. 23-dated letter to acting NEH Chairwoman Carol Watson questioning the spending policies at the federal agency given the current fiscal climate.

What with the sequester and all.

In his letter, he calls out seven specific grants totaling $172,445.

(See the list below.)

Sessions also wants the agency to explain its peer review process for all grants awarded in the education programs division after April 30, 2013 as well as provide him with a list of peer reviewers…

What a troglodyte. Sessions probably would do away with Harry Reid’s funding of ‘Cowboy Poetry.’

From Fox News:

List of NEH grants

October 24, 2013

Sessions has flagged the following grants:

"What is the meaning of life?" ($24,953)
"Why are we interested in the past?" ($24,803)
"What is the good life and how do I live it?" ($25,000)
"Why are bad people bad?" ($23,390)
"What is belief?" ($24,526)
"What is a monster?" ($24,999)
"Why do humans write?" ($24,774)

Well, at least we now know why people write grant proposals to the NEH.

Still, we might even spring for a grant on "What is the meaning of government waste?" Or "Why do we fund the NEH?"

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, October 25th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “Hick GOP Senator Questions ‘Humanities’ Grants”

  1. GetBackJack says:

    What is a Humanity, anyway?

    The classics, in the Western academic tradition, refer to cultures of classical antiquity, namely the Ancient Greek and Roman cultures. The study of the classics is considered one of the cornerstones of the humanities; however, its popularity declined during the 20th century. Nevertheless, the influence of classical ideas in many humanities disciplines, such as philosophy and literature, remains strong; for example, the Gilgamesh Epic from Mesopotamia, the Egyptian Book of the Dead, the Vedas and Upanishads in India and various writings attributed to Confucius, Lao-tse and Chuang-tzu in China.

    So, how can it be reasonably explained that the federal government demands tribute – taxes – being taken from you and me, then divvied up as spoils amongst others who did not earn the spoil except by the Order of one who can enforce taking from me?

    That’s Academically indefensible.

  2. preparing4theworst says:

    Why are bad people bad? Romans 3:18,There is no fear of God before their eyes ..they are lovers of pleasure more than lovers of God, Mark 7:20-23 What comes out of a man is what defiles a man. For from within, out of the heart of man come evil thoughts, fornication, theft, murder, adultery, coveting, wickedness, deceit, licentiousness, envy, slander, pride, foolishness. All these evil things come from within, and they defile a man
    What is the meaning of life? Micah 6:8 To act justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God
    What is Belief? Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen
    What is the good life and how do I live it? Jesus said “Follow me”…..Ok I have answered at least 4 of the questions, now send me my $97,872……

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