John McCain, Mister straight talk:
While we were working to eliminate these pork barrel earmarks he [Senator Obama] voted for nearly $1 billion in pork barrel earmark projects. Including $3 million for an overhead projector at a planetarium in Chicago, Illinois. My friends, do we need to spend that kind of money?
Overhead Projector? Overhead Projector?
This is an overhead projector, John.
And here’s what the planetarium needs:
I don’t for a minute think John McCain believes the Adler wanted to get $3M for the upper thing, so they could get one at Office Depot and spend the rest on hookers and blow. Surely he knows what a planetarium is, and what planetarium projectors are. The only reason to refer to that amazing apparatus as an overhead projector is to imply (by which I mean “lie”) that Obama will spend money just for the sake of spending.
Man, I used to think Arizona had some decent senators. I always had a soft spot for Barry Goldwater, and McCain used to at least appear honest. Maybe he was, and running for Prez has rotted his brain. Or maybe it was all an illusion to start with. But this is ridiculous.
You can make the argument that planetaria ought to be funded by, say, peer review at NSF, rather than earmarks, and I’d be right there with you. But pretending that the earmark was for an overhead projector just makes me wish Al Franken were still on the radio.
Oh, I forgot to link to Phil’s post on this, which is what got me going in the first place.