Wednesday, October 08, 2008

let them play hoops or hockey

Notice how McCain showers praise on Palin's reform record which includes securing federal funding for a 14 million dollar hockey rink in Wasilla when she was mayor (which ended up with 1.3 million dollars in cost overruns), and the Infrastructure to Nowhere when she was governor.

In last night's debate however McCain derides on at least three occasions what he calls a "3 million dollar overhead projector".

So what's up with this? Is this like the fabled 15 thousand dollar pentagon hammer? not hardly.
It's the projection system for the Adler Planetarium in Chicago, a site whose mission is to provide science education opportunities to children, many of whom are inner city youth. At the planetarium kids study the stars and other astronomical phenomena. The 40 year old projection system had begun to fail, leaving children in darkness during presentations.

In fairness to McCain, perhaps he doesn't know the difference between an overhead projector like the one in my classroom, and a projection system. On the other hand, maybe it's a cultural thing, and he prefers hockey to science.

Shameful isn't it? Spending taxpayer dollars on science education for city kids...let'em play hoops instead.


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