but…but….science is different!
December 2, 2008 § 1 Comment
The US economy is in shambles. In a situation like this we ask ourselves what shifts we will make to improve the situation for our fellow citizens. Like it or not, some of those sentiments are a bit nativist and antiglobal but so what.
Buy American. Create jobs.
Simple. Isn’t it?
Guess what my fellow PIs? This means you too. Doesn’t it? We have power of the purse and the power to create jobs. So I’ve been thinking. What are we doing. Are you shifting your reagent buying to American sources? Thinking about maybe making an equipment purchase from an American company…even if you maybe didn’t absolutely need it? Or is it better to create a job right now? Hire a tech or domestic postdoc…even if you were really planning to spend the money on something more disposable?
Wait…are you fucking kidding me? I do science! My responsibility is the same as it always has been. To get the best science done for the cheapest price! My choices are dictated by the SCIENCE d00d! Don’t trouble me with this nonsense.
Guess what? That’s the position of EVERY business in this country. The job is to make profit, not to make sacrifices of the company under one’s direct control for the greater good boyo! Every household too- times are tight so why should I pay more for the American built toys for the rugrats when I can get cheaper stuff built elsewhere? Why should I give that domestic employee a few more bones a week-we’re suffering here!
Well, we elected a President who is telling us this is crap. That we’re in this together. How about it? What changes are you going to make in your PI role to help the situation? Me, I’m planning to create jobs.