On Earmarks

Never thought my specialty -- science outreach -- would come up in a presidential debate.

But apparently, John McCain thinks spending money to educate children about science is bad. Maybe that's why a huge fraction of his running mate's generation, including her, thinks dinosaurs walked with people.

So there you have it people -- don't vote for Obama, because he had the audacity to reach across the aisle and vote with his Republican colleagues to earmark funds for a renovation of the historic Adler Planetarium.

Is it November yet?


Blogger Mike said...

Boy, so much inaccuracy in one post...

9:12 AM  
Blogger Chris said...

Care to provide an example?

Maybe you want to read Adler's statement about McCain's comments:

Adler Press Release

Hmmm... seems to me that everything I said is corroborated in their pdf, although they were much more civil than I was.

So, do you believe that Obama voted for $3M for an overhead projector? McCain / Palin have demonstrated that they are happy to outright lie about the most trivial things, including calling a state of the art video system for one of the world's oldest planetaria an "overhead projector".

What do you care to dispute? That McCain denigrated Adler? That Palin believes in young Earth creationism? That the earmark was requested from congresscritters of both parties?

How many of the Republican presidential candidates raised their hands to indicate that they don't believe in evolution?

You may be happy to live in a country where politicians are pushing anti-evolution, anti-climate change, and all around anti-science positions, but personally I'd like to live someplace where we select our leaders because of their intelligence and wisdom rather than for their ability to lie and convince people that their opponents are terrorists, heathens, and traitors.

But you know, if you want to defend a guy who thinks that the most pressing problem in our country is Senators voting in favor of funding upgrades of our science education infrastructure and who picked a VP candidate who believes that dinosaurs and people coexisted, you go for it.

11:38 PM  
Blogger Mike said...

The problem isn't the funding, the problem is the process. Do you really think education should be funded based on how many strings someone can pull in Washington?

4:50 PM  

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