Lawmaker mocks Common Core opponents by putting $8 in budget for ‘tin foil hats’

A Missouri lawmaker mocked opponents of Common Core curriculum standards by including $8 in the state budget for “tin foil hats.”

Rep Mike Lair MissouriDescribed by National Review’s Jim Geraghty as a “strong nominee for the title of America’s most arrogant state lawmaker,” Republican state Rep. Mike Lair may have thought it was a joke, but no one was laughing.

The House Appropriations Committee slashed state budget increases for public schools and higher education, according to the Columbia Daily Tribune, which reported:

[Lair] found $8 to address a pressing problem. The money is to be used “for two rolls of high density aluminum to create headgear designed to deflect drone and/or black helicopter mind reading and control technology.”

On the summary sheet handed out to lawmakers, the money is slated for “tin foil hats” and was tied to an amendment removing language barring the state from accepting federal grants to implement Common Core standards for public schools.

“Basically, when you deal with conspiracy theorists, you do logic first,” Lair told the committee, saying he filed bills “to limit how student data is shared and blocking the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education from mandating curriculum or textbooks to local schools.”

When controversy erupted over his comments, Lair tried to provide some context.

“If you can’t deal with folks with logic, you use humor,” he told the Tribune. “This is to stop all the problems from the black helicopters and drones. This is high-density foil.”

The Common Core curriculum has drawn opposition from across the political spectrum, not just conspiracy theorists, Geraghty wrote in the National Review.

“Even if you’re a big fan of Common Core, you have to recognize that arrogant dismissal and mockery like Lair’s actions do nothing to reassure skeptical parents and teachers,” he said.

H/T: National Review

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Cheryl Carpenter Klimek

Cheryl Carpenter Klimek has been a political consultant handling public affairs, political campaigns and PAC management for nearly 20 years.


  • dntmkmecomoverther

    I hope they take that fat bashturd outside, wrap him in that aluminum foil and leave his fat carcass for the birds…although, the birds likely have better taste.

    • curmudgeon

      Well stated! You can see he’s never missed a free taxpayer provided meal.

  • allah_speaking

    Recall this overweight bumbling idiot…the waft of RINO stench is overwhelming.

  • susandanielspi

    Has this ignorant b*stard tried to solve any math problems little kids are dealing with? Look at this horribly frustrated little girl. It is heart breaking.

    • Melissa Katsmom Votano

      I only have 1 child left in public school and she is a Junior in high school so it’s a bit late but from what I have seen, if I had to do it all over again…..home school.

  • ChicagoThunder1

    Tin foil implies magnetic properties… that don’t work and is hard to find anymore.
    Aluminum foil has no magnetic properties so it does work in blocking radio waves.
    This is a common misconception pushed on the public to make someone else look crazy so what they say is not paid attention to.

    • johndubose

      Any electrical conductor that fully encloses a space absolutely WILL greatly reduce radio waves inside the space. If you want your cell phone to disappear, putting it in a metal box will get it done. Tinfoil will do OK. Higher frequency waves such as xrays and gamma rays may blast through.

      • ChicagoThunder1

        I know look up faraday cage ck spelling.
        Even Aluminized plastic bags will block a signal.

        • johndubose

          Mad scientists do not have to spelll

          • ChicagoThunder1

            They get ripped off by the government anyway so who cares right?

    • Marilyn Z

      OMG…are you telling me that my aluminum foil hat is not working. Now I am really scared. lol

      • ChicagoThunder1

        But it is… Don’t worry be happy.

    • Disavowed 1

      Wrap your cell phone in it, then call it. It won’t ring dingaling.

  • sreynolds

    Someone so stupid they don’t see the danger in common core, is too stupid to be a public official, people of Missouri need to vote his dumbarse out of office…

    • Winghunter

      Just like Huckabee.

      • sreynolds

        Not sure about Huckabee’s stance on this but, I have seen enough of him to know he is no conservative….

    • John Smith

      I wouldn’t allow that fat freak around my kids let alone allow the lazy cow dictate their education

  • Abunchofbullshit

    “Basically, when you deal with conspiracy theorists, you do logic first,” Lair told the committee.” This is where all in Washington go wrong, you don’t do LOGIC first, YOU DO FACT FINDING!!!! Take your $8.00 back, join a gym, and read the facts about Common Core while on the treadmill!!!
    PS: leave the Republican Party while you are at it, and join your RINO buddies

  • Winghunter


    Who is first in line to shove that foil where his sun doesn’t shine?

    • Ole Man

      The Republican Governors Association is behind Common Core.

    • Tony Marcus

      Also endorsing Common Core: those radical nuts in the US Chamber of Commerce…doubtless a commie front.

  • ChicagoThunder1

    Ha! So anyone who went through school before no child left behind and common core judged against todays standards should be looked at as being educated at a higher level??? Looks like boomers and before are todays sages. It really ticks you off if you think about it.

  • Doug

    When you have to hand out information sheets to explain your jokes you should give up the jokes.

    • ChicagoThunder1

      It’s not a joke it’s a reality it brought the cause to the forefront.

  • psychosally

    another rino that has to go

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