Much has been made in the last couple weeks of Alaska Governor Sarah Palin's apparently newfound revulsion at Congressional earmarks, those high-dollar pork items that House and Senate members like to bring home to their districts. Alaska has sought hundreds of millions of dollars under Palin's watch, but now that she's on the ticket with John McCain -- a long-time earmark critic -- she's singing another tune. This week in Missouri she decried the "corrupt practices" of earmarks.
Many others, though, are of exactly the sort that McCain has made a career of mocking—like animal research.
"We're not going to spend $3 million of your tax dollars to study the DNA of bears in Montana," McCain has said during this year's campaign, referring to a study he's mocked for years of whether grizzlies need to keep their status as an endangered species.
Palin, meanwhile, has requested $3.2 million to be spent in part researching the "genetics of harbor seals," in one of the state’s many requests for federal funding of research into Alaska’s fauna.
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