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