The Sciences

Apparently Astronomy is Un-American

Cosmic VarianceBy Sean CarrollFeb 27, 2009 9:26 PM

Newsletter

Sign up for our email newsletter for the latest science news
 

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.

1 free article left
Want More? Get unlimited access for as low as $1.99/month

Already a subscriber?

Register or Log In

1 free articleSubscribe
Magazine Examples
Want more?

Keep reading for as low as $1.99!

Subscribe

Already a subscriber?

Register or Log In

More From Discover
Recommendations From Our Store
Shop Now
Stay Curious
Join
Our List

Sign up for our weekly science updates.

 
Subscribe
To The Magazine

Save up to 70% off the cover price when you subscribe to Discover magazine.

Copyright © 2021 Kalmbach Media Co.