My favorite part of the first Presidential debate (and I've only seen the first 20 minutes so far) was Senator McCain lamenting the 3 million dollar earmarked expense of studying the genetics of bears in Montana. He wondered jokingly whether or not it was a criminal investigation or a paternity issue. Very funny. It is sad to me that science can be forgotten or trivialized to make a political point. It's the kind of tactic that is easy to use because the comment appeals to an average voter who probably did not receive a solid science education (a whole separate issue) and who cares about wasteful spending and because the Senator doesn't have to be held accountable for his scientific ignorance. He can safely make the point about the economy without in any way needing to be responsible for how wrong his was about the science. Gross. It reminds me of George Bush Sr. warning Americans that they'd be up to their necks in owls and out of work under proposed conservation strategies. He totally missed the point, exaggerated the consequences, and preyed upon the ignorance of most Americans to make a political jab.