This post, that is. It’s about one particular politician.
Oh I hear you mumbling, “But, Drift, this whole prohibition thing is a political issue.” I’m not meaning that kind of politics. That kind of politics that fuels the carryings-on I read in the local paper’s editorial section. You know, where one political party is blaming another for all of the issues currently plaguing the world? Liberals, conservatives, lefts, rights… Truthfully, I’m not interested in those types of goings-on. This isn’t related to any such diatribe.
This is about a Washington State Congressional Want’a Be sticking his foot in his mouth.
It appears that when one enters into a Senatorial race one of the tactics to unseat the incumbant is attacking said incumbent’s record. I suppose that’s fair enough. “They suck, see? Vote for me.” Wasteful federal spending, and the incumbant’s role in bringing some of those dollars to the state of Washington, was this individual’s rant when he got a taste of his own shoe leather.
I believe I’ve mentioned several research studies that have been performed relating to the synergistic relationship between opiate pain relievers and phytocannabinoids. One such study is being done by Washington State University. The study received $150,000 in stimulus money. Now, mind you, I’m all for trimming the fat. The country’s broke and still spending like a drunken sailor… (as a former drunken sailor I can say that). I’ve no argument with the gentleman on that account. It’s what he said and the fact that he said it without doing his own research that chaps my ass.
This news release from last Thursday was headlined, “It’s 5:00 Somewhere, But It’s 4:20 At Washington State University.”
“This is one of those boondoggle projects that forces you to set aside the serious economic consequences of this so-called stimulus for a moment and just laugh at how out of touch Washington, D.C. really is. Washington state taxpayers are tired of their money going up in smoke. This bill isn’t going to stimulate anything other than sales of Cheetos.”
I do agree that possibly the research money shouldn’t have come from stimulus dollars, though the work is providing employment for three individuals. But come on, taking a cheap shot at a valid university study by way of bogus stereotyping is a bit unprofessional in my opinion – 4:20, up in smoke, Cheetos!?
This study doesn’t have students sitting around smoking fatties. Rats are being injected with a synthetic cannabinoid and opiates. I can’t say for a fact but, I would think it safe to say the researchers aren’t feeding them Cheetos. On a side note, the psychology professor running the study claims that chronic pain is an $80 billion drag on the economy. I wonder, if the research assisted in decreasing that load would that be thought of as stimulus money well spent? Maybe? I dunno.
Now let me reiterate, I’m not into politics. I’m not bashing one party nor another. I’m not endorsing one candidate over another. I’m not politicking here at all. All I’m saying is when a candidate for Congress makes statements like the one above it chaps my ass. That’s all.
Damn it. Now I’ve got a craving for Cheetos.