February 9, 2009 9:35PM

Medicine Eees No Cheezborger

Colleague and comrade-in-arms Sally Pipes likens federally funded research comparing medical treatments -- to which the so-called "stimulus" bill would devote $1.1 billion -- to federally funded research comparing cheeseburgers.

I too think the case for federally funded comparative-effectiveness research is misguided, but it's stronger than the comparison to cheeseburgers would suggest.  Why?  Cheeseburgers are not credence goods.