When it comes to space travel, exploration, even just bringing supplies to the International Space Station, Robert A. Heinlein was right. Correct thinking futurists (even Robert Zubrin is coming around) are right. Romney (in an oblique way) is right. Let private enterprise fund and push the envelopes of and (*gasp* - yes) profit from leading the way into moving mankind beyond the cushy confines of Earth.
Sadly, the United States can no longer duplicate its amazing manned missions to the moon, 43-years-after it could. And now, it can’t even bring a pint of ice cream to the I.S.S. But, private entrepreneurs can:
It was the second launch of a Dragon capsule to the orbiting lab by the California-based SpaceX company. The first was last spring.
This time was no test flight, however, and the spacecraft carried 1,000 pounds of key science experiments and other precious gear on this truly operational mission. There was also a personal touch: chocolate-vanilla swirl ice cream tucked in a freezer for the three station residents.
Granted, SpaceX gets some money from the government but it is because — using private funds - the company “launched itself” if you’ll pardon the pun. Government didn’t build it. Entrepreneurs did, and they sold their services to NASA as a cheaper (and available) alternative to government spacecraft.
Many think that taxpayer dollars should not be spent on space exploration, or even maintaining the low-level of research that NASA is currently able to be involved in. They think that trying to push the limits of knowledge of our universe, and the benefits of the technology that tags-along with that and makes their Obama Cellphones possible, isn’t worth it.
Sure, our great country (which they despise) was founded by folks ‘taking a chance’ that the world was round and needed to be explored (yeah, to find a new source for spices and tea) but . . . Really, shouldn’t we just spend every dime of your tax money supporting do-nothing, non-working deadbeats who need your EBT money, food stamps, and subsidized housing support to support their lifestyle of smoking cigarettes, drinking booze, popping-out babies, and watching cable TV?
I have no problem at all with retired folks getting back the money they paid into Social Security and Medicare. They had their earnings confiscated from their paychecks and they deserve the promise (with interest) of some support back in their Golden Years. But what about the 20-year-olds to 50-year-olds who just refuse to take responsibility for their own lives and existence?
If some speculative advanced race of beings stopped by our humble planet to examine us, I would not blame them at all for rushing away without trying to meet us. Who would want to?
The leftist, liberal folks that now dominate in our populace and media think thus:
How could evolving into a space-faring race pursuing its curiosity for knowledge and expanded horizons possibly be more important than having tax-payer dollars pay for condoms or other birth control measures for some horny bitch who thinks that hard working Americans should be paying for her ‘good times’ every night or give her a cellphone?
Scotty, beam me up!