Both the Register and national TV news reported that a new government study shows that consumption of alcoholic beverages can make people fat. Duh! Why in the world did we pay for such a study? The study may have provided all kind of interesting and potentially useful information, but we should not be spending taxpayer money on this kind of study, especially considering our current spending deficit. Surely it is more important to balance our budget than pay for such a study. I presume there are other examples of wasteful spending on research by our government. Our research wants are unlimited. Our ability to pay is not. Research should not be exempt from budget cuts.