Another viewpoint on the NIH situation from ASBMB head Jeremy Berg.
To return to the Titanic analogy, we are certainly in waters full of icebergs in this current climate, and we need to do everything we can to help the captain and crew steer clear of them. That does not mean, however, that we should neglect to urge careful examination of the policies that determine how access to the limited number of seats in the lifeboats is determined. The long-term health of the biomedical research enterprise depends on it.
Go read, it is meaty.