Friday, October 24, 2008

Sarah Palin Is Dumber Than I First Thought

Today, after eight weeks as the Vice Presidential nominee for the Republican Party, Sarah Palin gave her first "major policy address." The focus of her address was funding for programs dealing with special needs children. She argued in her address that the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) has never been fully funded, which is true. It hasn't. But then her speech took a turn into typical Palin-land: bogus statistics, half-truths, and blame of Democrats for all of life's problems.

Palin claimed that the discrepancy in funding is due to wasteful Congressional earmarks. The amount of those wasteful earmarks “is more than the shortfall to fully fund IDEA,” according to Palin. To be charitable, her comment is, at best, debatable.

The problem is that she then went on to cite examples of especially wasteful spending, and sarcastically criticized a specific type of scientific research. "You’ve heard about some of these pet projects they really don’t make a whole lot of sense and sometimes these dollars go to projects that have little or nothing to do with the public good. Things like fruit fly research in Paris, France. I kid you not."

Guess what, governor, that fruit fly research is directly related to the subject you claim expertise on! According to the University of North Carolina (in the pro-America part of America), research conducted on fruit flies has led to a major discovery with regards to understanding autism and has "revolutionized" the study of birth defects. "The discovery, made in Drosophila fruit flies may lead to advances in understanding autism spectrum disorders, as recently, human neurexins have been identified as a genetic risk factor for autism."

So, Sarah Palin is mocking spending for the issue she claims needs increased spending. I suppose this is similar to how as governor, Mrs. Palin slashed funding for the Special Olympics, while claiming she increased funding for childred with "special needs."


Luis said...

The earmark Governor Palin was referring to has nothing to do with medical research. If you'd spent a couple of minutes on Google checking your facts you would have come across this:

"Some lawmakers defended their earmarks, such as Rep. Mike Thompson, D-California, who channeled $742,764 to olive fruit fly research.

"The olive fruit fly has infested thousands of California olive groves and is the single largest threat to the U.S. olive and olive oil industries," he said

Dave Splash said...

Nice try, Luis. But, sorry, no cigar. The problem with your candidate is that they have repeatedly called for an across the board spending cuts - without even looking into any details about the nature of the projects. It's the anti-science, anti-intellectual dogma that has poisoned the GOP and set back the US in terms of international scientific research.

If Palin-types were in charge of the US in the 30s and 40s we never would have discovered penicillin or cured polio.

Palin tried to score a cheap, political point with her inappropriate, sarcastic tone, and the truth is that she was mocking something she knew NOTHING about.