This is all well and good. It can be argued that this is all variations on a theme. Where was the technology invented? Places that you cite like Harvard, Carnegi Mellon etc. Private institutions.
Apparently you don't understand how government research works. As an example, NSF provides the MONEY to those PRIVATE INSTITUTIONS for the base research in the form of GRANTS.
And since you think THOSE examples are simply variations on the theme, how many more, from disparate disciplines would you like? You won't like the results.
You raise a very valid point about bird flu and companies not necessarily doing the research based upon their interpretation of a good ROI. I may need to revise my position a bit to include some funding from the Government. I still stand by the assertion that a National Lab is not a good way to spend money.
A "National Lab" is a misnomer. There is no single giant building that does this research, it is spread out, through grants to Universities and research institutes [think Woods Hole] across the country.
Have you been to the CDC? The building is a dump! It is chronically underfunded because the politicians want the program but don't want to spend the money necessary to keep the facility up to snuff. So instead of a government entity why not a contracted facility?
Which building? They have facilities in many places and...lets go back to that grant thing one more time.
The government is an entity that should govern. There are always exceptions to the rules but the overall premise and principle should be to reduce the size of government and to reduce the spending of government.
As for an Interstate system there is no doubt in my mind that that is easily defendable under the interstat commerce clause. As for an FAA there needs to a regulatory body because when human life is guaranteed to be lost if there is mechanical failure during normal operation, the standards for safety must be made by an organisation that does not stand to profit from the reduction of standards. As for Airport funding I would agree that the government does not need to spend money except to support the ATC operations and necessary FAA offices. If Atlanta Airport Authority wants to raise the rates on landing and take offs then so be it. Airports should be run by the local jurisdiction. If they make it too tough to fly in or the facilities are such that Airlines don't wish to use them, then so be it.
Excellent, a Constitutional Rationalizationist.
And really, I did like how you blew off the Computer and the Internet as "that's all well and good". Beats the Hell out of having to realize and admit you don't understand the processes of scientific research.