In last night’s presidential debate, John McCain reprised his criticism of a grizzly bear research project in Montana.
You know, we spent $3 million to study the DNA of bears in Montana. I don’t know if that was a criminal issue or a paternal issue, but the fact is that it was $3 million of our taxpayers’ money. And it has got to be brought under control.
McCain has been hitting on this expenditure for years (apparently, he can hold only one earmark in his mind at a time), but has yet to get the cost right. The study, which spanned five years, actually cost about $4.8 million, equal to two hours of war in Afghanistan and Iraq. Did we get our money’s worth? Scientists, Montana ranchers and Republican politicians think so.