• Post-debate thoughts

    I normally don’t try and weigh in on politics here (follow @aaronecarroll on Twitter for that), but some brief thoughts.

    Who would have thought being anti-vaccine policy would be so popular among candidates? Pretty much the whole country has previously agreed that an opt-out policy is the way to go, so to see so many argue that’s anti-American is dispiriting. You either have a policy, or you won’t get the full effects of the vaccine. We need herd immunity. You get your vaccines not just to protect you, but to protect others. This shouldn’t be political.

    Using Galileo (who was a scientist attacked by faith-based ideologues) in defense of ignoring scientists on climate change is just one of the most ironic things I’ve ever seen.

    I’m sorry, but spending so much time on social security as the main economic entitlement issue when health care is so obviously what’s going to bankrupt us is crazy.

    And I’m disappointed that there wasn’t a great anti-IPAB ad like last time.

    That is all.

    UPDATE: I should add that these debates have been excellent so far. I think the hosts have been better than usual, and I found the breadth of questions on acutal issues quite refreshing.

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    • >>And I’m disappointed that there wasn’t a great anti-IPAB ad like last time.

      Did you miss that anti-LEGAL immigration ad on MSNBC?!?

    • Odd that we were chastised for looking to Europe for possible solutions for our health care issues only to hear this evening from Mr. Cain that we should adopt a Chilean policy for SS…

      Which by the way has been reformed to a socialized system.

      Talk about irony…

    • “Using Galileo (who was a scientist attacked by faith-based ideologues) in defense of ignoring scientists on climate change is just one of the most ironic things I’ve ever seen.”

      The 17th-century Catholic hierarchy knew Galileo was right about heliocentrism, but persecuted Galileo anyway out of political self interest. In order for Perry’s analogy to hold, today’s global warming deniers in the GOP would have to deny AGW out of political self interest. Perry may have stumbled onto the truth without knowing or even understanding what he said.

    • Thanks for mentioning the vaccination “debate.” I’ve been reading some roundups of the debate, and most people seem to be focusing on Perry’s social security comment or his Galileo reference. The vaccine thing was probably the most bizarre moment of the whole debate.

    • politicians are smart people

      have you asked yourself what purpose the focus on social security serves?

      the financial industry would love to get their hands on that money?

      conservative politicians would love to reduce the volume of monies available to the federal government

      many politicians would like to see the medicare cost problem get even bigger