The Sciences

Apparently Astronomy is Un-American

Cosmic VarianceBy Sean CarrollFeb 27, 2009 9:26 PM


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John McCain has a twitter account. Yes, that's horrifying enough, but then there's the actual content of what he writes. At least he is using in creative and productive ways! No, he isn't. Yesterday he announced:

Tmr I am gonna tweet the TOP TEN PORKIEST PROJECTS in theOmnibus Spending bill the Congress is about to pass

Love it when Senators play cool. Love it. So today is the big list, and guess what comes in at number two?

#2. $2 million “for the promotion of astronomy” in Hawaii - because nothing says new jobs for average Americans like investing in astronomy

Sure, earmarks are dumb, and it would be nice to have a rational way to decide how best to prioritize federal spending. But don't deny the obvious: when Republicans hear "science," they think "something to be mocked in the service of burnishing our just-folks credentials." Ask Bobby Jindal. Or, for that matter, John McCain.

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