Taxpayers fund a lot of research. They shouldn’t have to pay again to see the results.
A researcher at Virginia Tech pours over the results of his experiments today. He analyzes and organizes his data. Soon, he will submit a paper for peer review and publication. Science marches on.
If he is like many researchers, the federal government funded a good part of his work. Taxpayers invest billions on research hoping not just to expand humanity’s understanding of the universe but also to find new technologies, new industries and new jobs.