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U.S. House Committee on Science, Space and Technology

Uninformed politicians are dangerous [Commentary]

Uninformed politicians are dangerous [Commentary]

Former U.S. Senator Ted Stevens once famously stated that the Internet is a "series of tubes," an observation that would have been more comical if his committee hadn't been responsible for regulating the Internet. Rep. Michele Bachmann suggested that the HPV vaccine causes mental retardation based on the unassailable evidence that a woman at a presidential debate told her so. And their legislative colleague Rep. Todd Akin — while serving on the House Science, Space and Technology Committee — defended a ban on abortion based partially on the belief that women who are raped can shut down their pregnancies.

Far from isolated incidents, these statements are...