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

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Cheryl Carpenter Klimek has been a political consultant handling public affairs, political campaigns and PAC management for nearly 20 years.
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85 thoughts on “Lawmaker mocks Common Core opponents by putting $8 in budget for ‘tin foil hats’

  1. linreis says:

    @mr. lair: your joke is not what the American people need. you, sir are the joke, and we don’t need you either. How do you sleep at night, taking advantage of parents who remain ignorant to your onslaught of the American children by cramming this ‘common core crap’ down their throats? and how dare you insult the parents who are aware of this and are calling you on it…

  2. StanSki says:

    I hope there is a tree strong enough to swing this fat bald sob from. I’ll be happy to put the noose around his fat neck.

  3. carolskey says:

    Well, Rep. Lair, when you got nothin’, clearly you resort to ignorant verbiage!

  4. Bill Atwood says:

    Why are so many people showing their ignorance about common core? Common core is teaching depth of knowledge versus teaching to a test. It seems that the people who are most vocal on the issue are the least educated.

    1. Brian Muskus says:

      ….The “teaching to the test” routine will STILL happen …… That’s how the absurd Common Core will MEASURE it’s impact !! …… I have twin teenage daughters in public school, and the “teaching to the test” routine is completely DRIVING their classroom routines !! ……By the way., contrary to your ridiculous assertion, I have progressed BEYOND the Masters Degree level in my own education !!!!

  5. Ralph Sampson says:

    Lair, Liar. Hmm.

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