What is "dumbed down" about Python?
I think it is just that it *feels* less rigorous in learning it. None of this pointers and types and stuff that makes C++ feel so close to the metal.
Python housekeeping/garbage collection is good and all, but I wonder at what expense. Is it workable because it runs on systems with so much memory that it can afford to be sloppy?
If a problem occurs, you'd have to dig through and learn how those features work.