Monday, March 02, 2009

During disastrous national speech, Jindal takes a cheap shot at science

Pound360 already feels bad for Bobby Jindal, the Louisiana senator that delivered a disastrous Republican response to President Obama's Congressional address last week.  But he took a shot at science. He criticized Obama for wasting millions on volcano research.  Wasting?  Yes, he actually used "volcano monitoring" as an example of "wasteful spending." (Scientific American) And Pound360 won't let that slide.

How much of a disaster was Jindal's response?  Liberal, conservative and mainstream press were equally critical as a Washington Post roundup demonstrates. At best, the response was "childish" (Fox News) and "very off-putting" (conservative radio host Laura Ingraham).  Others were more critical. Conservative NY Times columnist David Brooks referred to Jindal's response as "the worst response to a speech ever… an unmitigated disaster."

In the middle of this train wreck, Jindal scoffed at "$140 million for something called 'volcano monitoring.'" Um, something called volcano monitoring?  Does he not understand what that is?  Does he not understand what volcanoes are, that they can be dangerous, and it's important for the US Geological survey to monitor these things so they can tell people to get out of the way before they blow? Seriously? 

Pound360 gets pretty irritated when politicians twist science spending to throw cheap shots at their opponents…

Palin's fruit fly research attack 'the most ignorant comment so far
McCain wrong to bash Obama's $3 mil. 'overhead projector 

Knock it off.

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