A Missouri Republican from Chillicothe has raised the bar forever on using “tin-foil hat” as a metaphor for “right-wing nut-job.”
State Rep. Mike Lair is the chairman of a committee in the House that helps decide how much money K-12 schools get in the budget process. The Columbia Daily Tribune’s Rudi Keller reported this week that Mr. Lair is frustrated with members of his party who have decided to follow the Glenn Becks and Ted Cruzes of the world, who believe (or at least pretend to believe) that the “Common Core” curriculum change being implemented in schools nationwide is some sort of socialist brainwashing plot.
So Mr. Lair decided to fight paranoia with humor. He inserted a line item for $8 into an early version of the schools budget. The money would pay for “Two rolls of high density aluminum to create headgear designed to deflect drone and/or black helicopter mind-reading and control technology.”
Yes, he budgeted for tin-foil hats.
Common Core grew out of discussions among governors, many of them Republicans. The idea, to raise the standards of American schools, is supported by many conservatives not named Glenn Beck and Ted Cruz.
Sadly, we’re not sure $8 is enough to outfit Missouri’s tin-foil brigade.