I find it to be equivalent to trolling whenever someone (usually a red-state politician) totally mischaracterizes someone's funded research grant as "$x hundred thousand to study toad eyeballs" as they try to sum up 15-30 pages of scientific text into three or four words that are as dismissive of science as possible. Contrary to the Fox News narrative, it's generally pretty hard to get an NSF grant, and they don't typically hand them out for ideas that should have gone to the shredder. Also, at my small-potato U, that overhead that the U charges does *not* all go to a slush fund. It is split between the PI (obviously not for his/her personal enrichment, but to be spent on things that would ordinarily be legit for the school to buy him/her), the PI's dept, the PI's college, and the Provost's office. And of course, anything left gets converted into grubby $5 bills and smuggled to Bill & Hillary in brown paper bags.