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Oklahoma Senator James Lankford

Federal Wastebooks: Macro Outrage over Micro Study


The federal “wastebooks” are fun to read, but let’s hope that under President Trump, they won’t be nearly as long! The compilation of ridiculous spending projects has everyone laughing — at their own expense. But with Congress ready to debate a trimmer budget, Senator James Lankford (R-Okla.) shouldn’t have to devote nearly as much time to the outrageous earmarks that became common under Obama.

Unfortunately, it will take time to weed out some of the expensive examples of political correctness — like the controversial new grant for the University of Georgia. Last week, campus officials announced that they’d won $229,061 from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to study “microaggressions.” In case you’re not up on P.C. lingo, that’s “brief and commonplace daily verbal, behavioral, and environmental indignities, whether intentional or unintentional, that communicate hostile, derogatory, or negative racial, gender, sexual orientation, and religious slights and insults to the target person or group.”

Apparently, the lead professor on the project thinks that microaggression is the primary reason more minorities aren’t working in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math. “This grant can have an impact on the number of African-American and Latino faculty members we have in science education,” researcher Mary Atwater told reporters. As usual, the Left refuses to focus on the real barriers to academic success like failing education systems, poverty, and family breakdown. They’re so consumed by this phony crisis of sensitivity that they can’t even focus on the real threats facing our nation. At a time when our military is literally looting museums for plane parts, surely we can think of better ways to spend U.S. dollars.


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