I think it's a little more complicated than that, GTOlover. This level of debt is understandable coming out of a near-depression crash that was caused by a financial meltdown. Between the sequester and new growth, we'll see the deficit shrink. Meanwhile, we need to inspire our kids to take up science and math again for our long-term health. If we wait until our finances are perfect, it will never happen. And let's look at the scale. the NASA budget is currently about the same as three or four months of spending in Afghanistan.
Sadly, GTOlover makes a good point: "Stop looking at the party affliation and maybe, just maybe Washington DC can get a clue and see the importance of fiscal responsibility and true investments in things like NASA returning to human space travel."
As a child and young adult I was greatly inspired by NASA and have tried to pass that on to my own kids - however it has been much harder since the tangible developments that people could see have faded away from the public eye. In the present state of affairs - it doesn't seem like it is likely to change soon. It is good to know that development efforts have not stopped and hopefully the research being done today will be implemented in the future. We certainly need something inspirational right now and looking towards the stars has always been one of those things.
BTW - very cool pic Rob - wish I could have been there!
Rob, nice to know the engineers are ready, willing, and able to go. However, not to throw water on the fire, $17 trillion in debt and politicians cannot think of anything in this bloated beuracracy that could be cut, except NASA and drug research. Until the socialist experimenting of the current government is put under wraps and Americans rise up an take personal responsibility, those gungho engineers will soon lose their willingness, then their readiness, and finally their ability.
Vote for any incumbant is a vote for this status quo. Want something different, vote ALL the bums out, including your favored congress critter. Stop looking at the party affliation and maybe, just maybe Washington DC can get a clue and see the importance of fiscal responsibility and true investments in things like NASA returning to human space travel (and more of those robot probes on other planets besides Mars).
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