In Palin's infamous recent speech on special needs, she stood there and said two completely contradictory things -- first she'd cut wasteful spending to find a cure for Autism and second she mocked the Fruit Fly Genome projects and basically implied she would cut that as wasteful spending. Say it with me now -- research and understand BEFORE you speak. HOWEVER, a recent study of Drosophila fruit flies showed that a protein called neurexin is essential for proper neurological function -- a discovery with clear implications for autism research.Answer Question
Answer by Anonymous at 3:09 PM on Nov. 6, 2008
From Palin's speech -- This is a matter of how we prioritize the money that we spend. We've got a three trillion dollar budget, and Congress spends some 18 billion dollars a year on earmarks for political pet projects. That's more than the shortfall to fully fund the IDEA. And where does a lot of that earmark money end up? It goes to projects having little or nothing to do with the public good -- things like fruit fly research in Paris, France, or a public policy center named for the guy who got the earmark. In our administration, we're going to reform and refocus. We're going to get our federal priorities straight, and fulfill our country's commitment to give every child opportunity and hope in life.
Link to more information about why fruit fliy Research is vital to EVERYONE who breathes -- http://www.stthom.edu/Public/index.asp?page_ID=4656
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