The future of academia is one-year to five-year contracts with non-tenured faculty. If you can bring in research contract money, your academic salary will still be reasonably competitive, at least in engineering and the hard sciences. If your research contracts dry up, your contract won't be renewed, and you'll need to move on.
I think this provides even more incentive to fabricate research results. If not getting funding means losing your job and the ability to provide for family, I wouldn't consider you crazy for thinking of cheating a little. Tenure is good for many reasons people on this board never think of.