Andrew Resnick has written a letter published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science that suggests researchers are “addicted” to funding, much like drug addicts.
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And don't get me going on soft money, the money that supports many non-tenure and tenure track scientists. At many institutions they depend on grant funding for all of the their own salary, the salary of their staff, and the research materials, and they often don't care much where the smack comes from.
And just to show that there's a song for everything:
Found at WUWT. Wombat-socho has a generic "Rule 5 Monday" compendium up at The Other McCain.