Hubby locked the ice pick away, so I sat myself in front of the debate tonight. I was armed with my handy Debate Bingo Card and a 72 oz bag of chocolate chips. That'll get me through just about anything. :)
I didn't get to listen to everything in it's entirety, due to, you know, being a mother and all, but a few things toward the end got me a little riled up, and I figured to vent them here.
In the "Education" section, a few things caught my ear. The candidates were presented with the fact that America has among the highest spending for education, and yet the system lacks results in a big way. Obama's plan? Reform and more spending. He also referred to "an army of teachers" and a plan to offer credit (paid tuition? loan forgiveness?) for "community service, like military, peace corps.." These things might not be red flags, but I've been reading Liberal Fascism by Jonah Goldberg, and Obama's words ring a bell to the chapters about Woodrow Wilson and FDR, both of whom had scary policies to curl the hair of any patriot. "Armies" of teachers? And civilian 'armies' of various things... Community organizing, perhaps? *shudder*
Another glaring hypocrisy is his plan for making college affordable. I read somewhere that in the past few years, university education tuition has risen some 400 or 500%! Now, when gasoline and oil start going up in price (albeit not that much), oil executives are called in to Congress and given the third degree. I don't recall Obama or other democrats railing at the 'obscene compensation packages' of university presidents or professors, have you? I mean, those evil big wigs in higher education are just taking absolute advantage of students - and we know students are the lifeblood of this country - we need stronger regulatory oversight! I'm outraged!
Another annoyance is McCain's thoughts on Head Start. He talked about how the program seems to have problems, that by third grade the Head Start kids aren't any better off than the non-head start kids. He started out on the right track with that, but instead of realizing this is true for all early childhood education, he decided the problem is that Head Start needs reforming. *sigh* In *my* Perfect World, the Left's re-defining of 'healthy families' gets reformed and children get to be raised by two parents (two married parents, of opposite gender), and their mama gets to be with them longer than a couple hours a day. But then again, I'm an evil, conservative hatemonger.
What I would like to see in debates is less lying. I know, call me crazy. But wouldn't it be great to have a panel of well-researched people who have dug into both candidate's pasts, and when one says, "that's absolutely not true" and the other says, "facts are facts" we can pause and have the appropriate person stand up and read from whatever relevant history applies? I'm sure the candidate would just spin it with "out of context" and "wasn't aware at the time," but it's a nice fantasy to add to My Perfect World, anyway.