This is not a legal or legitimate function of the federal government. Research and charitable endeavors are worthy of our support. But according to the Constitution, the law of the land, it is not listed among the enumerated powers of our government. Also, it is unethical to take money by force (taxes) in order to fund what one believes as a worth cause. This because the person who earned the money has their own causes they would use the money for that are no less worthy. Government cannot be compassionate, since it is only compassionate to give of yourself. The government only has to give what it has forcibly taken, which appears compassionate to the recipient, but cruel to the rest.