This Thread originates from this thread in the Gear Section and I didn't want to say these things there.New Research Cat on the Snake
Originally Posted by Chip
Not sure what your point is.
I build the boats and gear as a private contractor, then put on my cheapo hat and row the trips as a University employee, for chicken scratch. Worse than boatman wages, plus no tips. Guess I must love the work.
The money comes from the University of Wyoming, some small grants, and the Office of Naval Research. The purpose is to collect ground-level data on the characteristics of the river channel, water column, and the light spectra (absorption, scattering, reflectance, etc.) to enable the use of satellite images for mapping rivers, harbors, estuaries, and coastlines. Which, in the long run, will save a lot of taxpayer money.
My original point is in response to a different reply as to how "you get paid for that?" But I'll go ahead and reply to your comments as I see them. It's just me.
First, my comments aren't about you, they are about the system in general. "The system" is funding so many thousands of little projects that will "save the taxpayer money" that we are now 20 trillion dollars in debt. Everyone knows these aren't saving the taxpayers any money, but that is how they are all Pretended. I'm sure you've all seen this one by now; Treadmills for shrimp: $3 million - In Photos: Fifteen Silliest Uses Of Taxpayer Money - Forbes
That one was three million dollars, and that is just one of fifteen waste projects in that article. AND, is there anyone that really doubts that this was mostly just a scam and that someone pocketed a lot of money?
There is not ONE thing that they can tell me that truly justifies these projects in a day when we are in this kind of debt. Between Bush and now our current administration (I'm so sorry I voted that way) they are spending us into oblivion. Our debt has made us weak, insignificant and it will be one half of the end our country.
I'm sure all of the sources you listed are taxpayer funded. Even the Universities get grants from the government for these project and yes it fits into my category of projects that should be put on hold until we get our financial situation in control.
Chicken scratch? I love the river and rowing so much that I don't get a copper penny for it! I have to take vacation from my work to row, AND I pay a fortune for my boats, gear, and supplies to row. And, that is AFTER the gov takes what they want from me in order to fund all of these little projects that are going to "save me money".
Again, this isn't about you or any one project. It's about the system. I don't blame you for taking advantage of a system that comes to you with this project. In fact I'm not sure I would turn it down either. I doubt anyone would. That is the other half!
"And Men's hearts fail them".