One thing Mike D and I can see eye-to-eye on is the uselessness of the space program.
Recently, in the news it was reported that NASA plans on junking the shuttle program, and going back to rockets. Not only that, but due to the wisdom of President Bush’s reccomendations, they’re going to start landing on the moon again. The plan will cost around $104 billion. This is in preparation for an eventual manned mission to mars.
Of course it is! Because the real problem with Mars is the landing, not, say, GETTING THERE. But hey, it’s only $104 billion.
Of course, there’s about 150 million people in the USA that pay taxes every year. That means that each of us is paying almost $700 in our lifetime in order for some cowboy to go hit golfballs on the moon so we’re prepared to “land on Mars,” even though current technology trends indicate that it’d be a good 30 years before we ever even try to go there, and we still have only theories about how to do it.
But what really alarms me is this paragraph:
“However, some observers worried that huge federal spending to rebuild New Orleans, which could cost more than $200 billion, could undermine funding for any major space initiatives.”
Not only does this indicate that Bush’s hopes for even getting our country back to the way it was (let alone improving anything around here) take a back seat to his dreams of going to space (I have his theory that his brain was swapped with that of a 7 year old), but that running the country IMPEDES such goals. Yes, that stupid hurricane is getting in the way of things again, this time the untold suffering of thousands is stopping us from launching more fighter pilot dropouts into space for no reason!
I mean, sure you could pull a little funding out of Iraq’s ~$180 million DAILY cost of occupation (we’re coming up quick on a total cost of $700 billion), but then how would we go to OUTER SPACE (weeeeeeeeeeee!!!)?
In protest of this I’ve drawn this, which is totally not to scale, of somebody in LA crying while a rocket flies overhead, as the president demonstrates his feelings on the situation.
Your views on this matter are welcomed, unless they are wrong.