Dark-Samus wrote:Well...since Bush didn´t support these programs before...maybe Obama won´t either...not now anyway...because of the F-crisis...
Seems to me that putting money into things like the space program again is EXACTLY what he should be doing, if he was really serious about "fixing" the financial crisis. That would be an investment in rebuilding the foundations of a "real" economy, instead of pouring hundreds of billions into the fake debt based paper economy we've gotten ourselves addicted to (or enslaved by, which is probably more accurate); where the super rich will simply use it to either buy up the rest of the planet, or loan it back to us so that we can pay for the things we cant afford any more because we gave them our money in the first place.
Committing to a viable and sustained human presence in space would require us to solve a huge number of difficult technological problems, most, if not all of which could be applied to life here on Earth.
The kinds of innovations required here, aside from creating entire new industries, their supporting infrastructures and all the jobs that would come with that, could potentially solve our energy problems, be applied to medicine, agriculture, open up new space based resources.... sh*t. The list could go on and on.
It's been estimated that for every dollar the U.S. spends on R and D in the space program, it receives $7 back in the form of corporate and personal income taxes from increased jobs and economic growth. And that's just with our current, cheesy, milk run to low earth orbit and Tonka Toys to Mars program.
Plus, humans in space would just be really cool, wouldn't it?
But, we let our government spend trillions on pointless conflict. We let our government throw our money at the system that has already betrayed us, just for the privilege of borrowing it back again. My understanding is that the huge majority of the recovery package is going to financial institutions. The rest is going into things like filling pot holes and beefing up our ability to collect, store and share medical information. I don't hear much about money going back into the real economy. And space IS being cut back. That should tell us where our governments priorities (and loyalties) are.
India and China, on the other hand, appear to be going into space....