…for conservative budgetary policy. From Matt Yglesias:
Their other big [conservative] idea is feigned stupidity. Michael Steele pretended not to know what a fish passage barrier removal program is. Turns out that these are programs designed to remove barriers to the passage of fish. So that fish species don’t vanish from certain habits and wreck entire ecosystems. Bobby Jindal was inspired to denounce “something called volcano monitoring”. Volcano monitoring is when you monitor volcanos to try to understand when they might erupt. And now we get this Tweet from John McCain [image converted into text]:
$650,000 for beaver management in North Carolina and Mississippi – how does one manage a beaver?
…If anyone out there wants to know why beavers could be a problem for a given area, or about different ways that you can manage the beaver population and minimize beaver-related problems I would direct them to the Beaver Control and Management Information page on the Internet Center for Wildlife Damage Management. I found that right away using Google.
If one were very crude, one could argue that socially conservative Republicans are all about beaver management (think about it). Fortunately, we are not crude, so onto the substantive argument. What we’re seeing is the common creationist tactic of willful ignorance entering the political mainstream. Creationists will argue that something is really complicated, so it must be
The Great Vorlon the handiwork of an Intelligent Designer–even though high school students and college graduates are routinely capable of understanding evolution.
Now, we’re seeing an analogous
logic cognitive process regarding budgetary policy. Rather than actually confronting the evidence (for all I know, beaver management isn’t cost-effective), conservatives just engage in willful ignorance.
Stupid is as stupid does, I suppose….