From a fellow scatterbrain:
I think this might be worth posting on scatterplot, although you may have already seen it on the CBSM mailing list. It is specifically aimed at political science, but its bad for all academics, regardless of discipline or area of study:
Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) has offered an amendment to the National Science Foundation appropriations bill (now on the Senate floor) to eliminate NSF’s funding of political science research. If this get passed, then other social sciences might be next. In fact Coburn’s position paper explaining the rationale behind his amendment eliminating funding for political science at NSF, includes some references to other social sciences already (see his webpage).
There is a link to a petition protesting Coburn’s amendment at.
Here is a link to Coburn’s website. This is a 7-page position paper explaining the “rationale” behind his amendment eliminating funding for political science at NSF.
Also here is a link to the actual amendment
Update: I should note that I cut and paste this quickly as I ran out the door this afternoon. The email was from David Schleifer, who borrowed heavily from a note sent out on the Collective Behavior/Social Movements listserv, penned by Nella Van Dyke.