Happy Tax Day, fellow Americans! I agree with DrugMonkey that we should all be proud to keep our side of the social bargain. I'm getting a refund this year, which means that the normal witholdings from my paycheck overpaid what I owed this year. But it's cool, I hope the government appreciates using my money for these last few months.
As a federally-funded biomedical scientist, I would like to thank the American taxpayer for supporting my work and research in general. I try to take time to go out and speak about my science to the taxpayers. It is both fun and challenging to talk about my research to the non-scientists that pay for it. But us basic researchers need to get out and talk to folks if we want them to appreciate why what we do is important. So today, be proud of all the things that your tax dollars support. Fellow scientists, try to start a conversation with someone about why research is one of the important things that we as a society pay for.
Coincidentally, today is also Equal Pay Day. This is the day each year when the average woman FINALLY makes the same amount as the average man did in 2011. That is correct, women have to work over 16 months to make the same amount as men make in 12 months. Awesome, right? (no).