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There’s also the problematic issue of how such a sum would be determined.
The United States government does not have a good track record when it comes to rewarding inventors.
For example, the federal government paid Robert Goddard — “the father of American rocketry” — $1 million as compensation for his basic liquid rocket patents. That was hardly a fair price given that during the remaining life of those patents, U.S. expenditures on liquid-propelled rockets amounted to around $10 billion.
Even though the “prize” system is widely acknowledged to be a crackpot idea, it has a frightening number of supporters in high places — including the U.S. Senate.
In fact, Sen. Bernie Sanders is introducing federal legislation to create a prize system for medical innovations. Leave it to the senator from Vermont to come up with a Ben & Jerry’s-style solution.
If only inventing the cure for cancer were as easy as dreaming up a new flavor of ice cream.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?