FactCheck.org has released their report on last night's debate. Check out a summary of their findings along with their entire analysis here: http://www.factcheck.org/…_no_2.html



As usual, according to the report, it seems like both McCain and Obama showed their stripes as politicians, each making several factual errors and oversimplifying themselves into corners.



Sadly, We The People are the ones who lose when the candidates concentrate more on winning than informing the public.



Here are a few things in the FC.o report that I found interesting:



Blaming each others parties for the economic crisis. From the summary: "Both candidates oversimplified the causes of the financial crisis. McCain blamed it on Democrats who resisted tighter regulation of federal mortgage agencies. Obama blamed it on financial deregulation backed by Republicans. We find both are right, with plenty of blame left over for others, from home buyers to the chairman of the Federal Reserve."



Nice to see someone admitting the current economic crisis might be a little more complicated than either party is admitting.



Now, we've all heard of candidates getting their opponent's policies wrong, but check out this excerpt: "McCain misstated his own health care plan, saying he’d give a $5,000 tax credit to 'every American' His plan actually would provide only $2,500 per individual, or $5,000 for couples and families. He also misstated Obama’s health care plan, claiming it would levy fines on 'small businesses' that fail to provide health insurance. Actually, Obama’s plan exempts 'small businesses.'"



Yep, McCain screwed up HIS OWN health care plan AND Obama's. Well done, Senator! Yes, everyone makes mistakes, but if you're going to get your own plan wrong during a debate, you might not be the right person to take on much bigger challenges than remembering your own crap. I mean, talk about Reaganomics! ;)



It wasn't all McCain's McMistakes, either--Obama made a few and here's one I liked as I'm a big fan of avoiding nuclear for any and all reasons: "Obama said, 'I favor nuclear power.' That’s a stronger statement than we've heard him make before. As recently as last December, he said, 'I am not a nuclear energy proponent.'"



Hey, Barry, you might want to make up your mind there, since we're kind of in the middle of an energy crisis (whether we want to admit it or not). As much as I hate Nuclear it is among the handful of things we will likely be forced to adopt in order to solve this crisis. I hope we can just go with wind and solar--but I'm off-topic.



The FactCheck.org report goes into a LOT more detail. Hit the link at the top of this post to read the whole thing.



Ah, politics. It's a shame that this whole thing will be over in less than a month!



HA! Who am I kidding? Unless Obama gets a (literally) certifiable landslide our wonderfully flawed voting system will keep us busy for a while.
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