Monday, March 10, 2008

John McCain is anti-science.

I wrote last week how John McCain has no plan for science. This week, we discover via the Washington Post that he points to basic science studies as a waste of money:

The federal government, he declares with horror and astonishment, has spent $3 million to study grizzly bear DNA. "I don't know if it was a paternity issue or criminal," he jokes, "but it was a waste of money."
Head over to the Washington Post for the whole story.



Chuck said...

McCain's stance isn't anti-science, he is anti-pork and it wasn't a science project, it was a census count.

Rob said...

Chuck said: "it wasn't a science project, it was a census count"

And in what way is counting the population of an endagered species not science?

Chuck said...

Census counts are a statistical analysis, not a scientific study and that is why the census for our representative government in the US isn't done by NIH.

The Factician said...

Thank you, Chuck, arbiter of all things science and non-science.

I'm sure the population geneticists, epidemiologists and wildlife biologists of the world are relieved to know that they aren't scientists, and can now look to the U.S. Census Bureau for their funding.


me said...

i was a little more alarmed by his comments re: autism and vaccinations. granted, his remarks probably reflect the opinion of his flacks but it still smacks of pandering to a small noisy constituency with little regard to basic science.