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John McCain Ridicules Earmarks for DNA Research. Sarah Palin Championed It. Whoopsie Doodle. Um, Hey, Great Steak! Pass the Salt, John.

“My friends, we spent $3 million of your money to study the DNA of bears in Montana! Now, I don’t know if that was a paternity issue or a criminal issue, but the point is it was 3 million of your money. It was your money. And you know, we laugh about it, but we cry — and we should cry” — John McCain, August 16, 2008

Alaska Governor Sarah Palin’s earmark request this year for money to study the DNA of sea lions: $3.2 million. Requested from the Federal government: $3.16 million. From the Alaska state government: $40 thousand.

Oooh. That’ll leave a mark.

And hey — did you know that John McCain actually voted for the DNA research on bears? Do you think he forgot?

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[Tip o’ the pen to TPM Muckraker]

7 thoughts on “John McCain Ridicules Earmarks for DNA Research. Sarah Palin Championed It. Whoopsie Doodle. Um, Hey, Great Steak! Pass the Salt, John.”

  1. Dick says:

    It’s OK to spend trillions in Iraq, but any money for science should be questioned, according to McCain, who doesn’t understand wildlife biology. DNA studies on populations of animals that are under stress (bears in Montana) are important. You must know the genetic relatedness between the different populations of a species, for management decisions. As populations of a species decline, inbreeding becomes one of the biggest threats to the survival of that species. This is money for basic science. The lack of understanding of basic science by the politicians, of both parties, is shameful.

  2. Jim says:

    I agree. McCain’s willingness to misleadingly demagogue the issue is all too telling.

  3. Jon says:

    I believe we should all know more about wildlife, but I’m afraid Dick that your numbers are wrong about the war.

  4. Jon says:

    Accourding to the National Priorities Project which I believe is a liberal organization, they currently have it at 553 billion.

  5. Jim says:

    The two groups are using different operationalizations for their measurements.

  6. Jon says:

    No I’m talking about actual money spent, look up the national cogressional budget. They have the same numbers.

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