Your tax dollars: $24,953 to research ‘meaning of life’

Your tax dollars: $24,953 to research ‘meaning of life’

What is the meaning of life? The answer is worth $24,953, at least according to the National Endowment for the Humanities, a taxpayer-funded federal agency that is providing an educational grant to study the question.

“What is the good life and how do I live it?” Well, for $25,000 in tax dollars, NEH has tasked someone with finding out.

The NEH and its grant program are the subject of a letter released Thursday by the Senate Finance Committee’s top Republican, Sen. Jeff Sessions, of Alabama, who wants further scrutiny of the program.

Sessions has personally taken a closer look at the NEH grant program and now has “questions” about some of the awards that have been granted, including one for $24,999 to determine, “What is a monster?”

Sessions, in an Oct. 22 letter to NEH acting Chairwoman Carol M. Watson, notes that NEH has a broad mission that includes “protecting cultural, artistic and historical identity of America,” but insists that the agency should be giving money only to “top-rated proposals” that would earn the public trust and support in the use of tax dollars.

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