Tuesday, November 20, 2012

The game never ends

Goodness sakes, are we still playing these stupid nonsensical "gotcha" games where the attempt is to frame a question in an effort make a politician look foolish? I guess it doesn't have to be campaign season for such bilge to take place.

The latest exploit is over Florida Senator Marco Rubio (a rising young star in the GOP) not knowing how old the earth is.

GQ: How old do you think the Earth is?

Marco Rubio: I'm not a scientist, man. I can tell you what recorded history says, I can tell you what the Bible says, but I think that's a dispute amongst theologians and I think it has nothing to do with the gross domestic product or economic growth of the United States. I think the age of the universe has zero to do with how our economy is going to grow. I'm not a scientist. I don't think I'm qualified to answer a question like that. At the end of the day, I think there are multiple theories out there on how the universe was created and I think this is a country where people should have the opportunity to teach them all. I think parents should be able to teach their kids what their faith says, what science says. Whether the Earth was created in 7 days, or 7 actual eras, I'm not sure we'll ever be able to answer that. It's one of the great mysteries.
I think snark master Dave "Iowahawk" Burge said it best when he stated he's "less worried about people who believe in the Biblical creation story than people who believe in the Keynesian creation story."

By the way, did a certain Democrat candidate for President receive as much scrutiny when the following exchange took place in April 2008? (Hint: NO!!!!!!!!)

Q: Senator, if one of your daughters asked you—and maybe they already have—“Daddy, did god really create the world in 6 days?,” what would you say?

A: What I've said to them is that I believe that God created the universe and that the six days in the Bible may not be six days as we understand it … it may not be 24-hour days, and that's what I believe. I know there's always a debate between those who read the Bible literally and those who don't, and I think it's a legitimate debate within the Christian community of which I'm a part. My belief is that the story that the Bible tells about God creating this magnificent Earth on which we live—that is essentially true, that is fundamentally true. Now, whether it happened exactly as we might understand it reading the text of the Bible: That, I don't presume to know.

Here's the burning question I have. Does either man's belief in the age of the Earth improve (or deter) his ability to put together a substantive plan to stem the growth of our out-of-control National Debt? No? Then I soooooo don't care a flip.


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