Sarah Palin said the following in response to Obama's "Sputnik" remark:
"He needs to remember that, uh, what happened back then with the communist U.S.S.R. and their victory in that race to space... Yeah, they won but they also incurred so much debt at the time that it resulted in the inevitable collapse of the Soviet Union."
It wasn't Sputnik. That occurred more than two decades earlier. The Soviet space program did not bankrupt the system.
What caused the downfall of the Soviet Union was political corruption, a cynical public that had lost faith with the leadership, an inability to dislodge itself from an unworkable ideology, unsustainable defense spending, and, most of all, getting bogged down in a hopeless war in Afghanistan.
Hey...wait a minute...