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Wednesday, October 13, 2004

Final Presidential Debate: Instant Analysis


Kerry wins narrowly. Bush's worst moments were the three times he tried to dodge the question and change the subject to education.
* Jobs being outsourced? Education.
* Higher minimum wage? Education.
* Affirmative action still needed? Education.
It's worth mentioning that the federal government plays a relatively minor role in funding education, covering only about 10% of the costs. The rest is paid for by state, local and private sources. So Bush's 49% increase in federal funding for education, even if true, only amounts to about a 5% increase in the country's spending on education. That's hardly enough to be the solution to all the problems Bush claims will be solved.

Oh, and I noticed during the hugs at the end that Bush is wearing his [back brace/posture support/battery pack/evil alien overlord] or whatever it is, again. Salon has a picture of Bush wearing it while driving on his dude ranch, which leads me to believe that it's a back brace or something similar (it leads Salon to conclude that it's a radio transmitter).

 
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