Some random thoughts from the debate:
- I’ve twittered about this before, but I honestly am glad that Obama got a new projector for the Adler Planetarium. The planetarium is a monument in it’s own right, alongside the Museum of Science and Industry, the Shedd Aquarium, and the Field Museum; the longer it operates the better. Also, it appears to have increased in price by $1m since the last time McCain mentioned it, making it perhaps the safest investment in the United States.
- Obama’s performance was pretty bad, but the fact that ACORN and Ayers are even being discussed marks a return to the “flag lapel-pin” bullshit of the Pennsylvania Democratic debate.
- I missed the first 20 minutes, but in what I saw neither one of them mentioned the fact that we’re on the cusp of a second global depression or appeared to have any clue what to do about it.
- Given how precarious our economic situation is (and how bad the “real-world economy” was before the credit crisis), a spending freeze by the Federal Government would make the depression longer, deeper, and more painful. The fact McCain is still pushing that madness after today’s events—and worse, fruitcakes like that CBS News “undecided voter” are buying it—makes him very dangerous in his own right.
- Neither candidate has the right answer for education. It’s very simply this: teach the scientific method, logical reasoning, and intellectual rigor as soon as possible. That is the fundamental particle of education, and the fact that we don’t drill it into students’ minds as soon as possible is why we suck. Period. Every other education program we have—vouchers, Head Start, charter schools, NCLB—is only even worth considering in relation to how it helps or hurts the transmission of the basic ideas of the Enlightenment. Since we’re not transmitting those ideas anyways, talking about those other programs is a waste of time.
- McCain’s plan for more teachers (recruit veterans from the war and let them skip certification exams!) is 100% pure crazy.