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Is NASA Wasting Money?

By August 25, 2009

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Robert Longley, who is the About Guide for US Government Info, got a surprise recently, when his blog NASA Says Cannot Afford to Track Asteroids, was commented on by US Astronaut Rusty Schweickart.

Rusty made some excellent comments. Go over, read the blog, and see what the astronaut had to say. Now, the US Government wouldn't waste taxpayer money, or would they? Let us know what you think about this and the astronaut's comments.

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August 25, 2009 at 10:13 am
(1) M.D.Hier says:

We Need to track these things, It is not a waste of money.

August 25, 2009 at 1:04 pm
(2) Robert says:

Well, heck yes the government wastes money but some things are more important than others like keeping us all from harm

August 29, 2009 at 5:40 am
(3) Augustus, nip says:

I don’t know NASA’s financial efficiency rating, so I cannot comment on their wastefulness. I know we all are to a degree.

I do believe that mapping the asteroids and comets, making course projections on them and developing contingency plans in the event of a major projected collision with us, is a sound idea, since our survival as a species may depend on it, and is not a waste in and of itself.

Certainly, protecting our home base is a good first step before trying to migrate further into space.

I thoroughly accept Rusty’s analysis of the report and really appreciate his supporting evidence. I strongly disagree with his conclusion about Congress’ lack of culpability in the matter though.

Congress has steadily been turning more and more of it’s Constitutional authority over to the executive branch of the government since 1945. This has resulted in an extreme and structurally unhealthy overbalancing of our system. In result of this, the George W. Bush – Chaney Administration apparently felt it had complete Cart Blanche without any real legal restraint. That should have been a wake up call for us all. Though we have changed political poles recently, the basic problem remains and needs to be addressed before a more cleaver or ruthless Administration with a similar lack of scruples turns our nation into a defacto or even complete dictatorship.

Winston Spencer Churchill said in a speech before the House of Commons, just prior to the commencement of hostilities during the Second World War that, “The price of democracy is eternal vigilance.” We the Electorate, have also failed somewhat in our Constitutional duties, by allowing this state of affairs to exist for so long without addressing the problem to our elected officials, and demanding redress. Perhaps Congress’ timidity and possible apathy, coupled with the constant possibility of total nuclear annihilation among many other problems, has had the side-effect of creating a sense helplessness among the public, but that is still no excuse. It is certainly much more fun, comforting and seemingly safe to dream up and discuss endless conspiracy theories, whose only apparent benefit is to let us off the hook about taking our political responsibilities seriously, than it is to research, analyze and understand our system of government well enough to see when it is in need of correction and to discover what needs to be done to secure that end.

The Constitution is only a tool of governance and is not the true basis of our government. That true basis was very eloquently defined by Thomas Jefferson in the “Declaration of Independence.” I think it is a good idea to keep a copy, dust it off occasionally and re-read it, along with the Constitution. When you do, you will be reminded that, “We hold these these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. That whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles, and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness.” That is why there is provision within our Constitution to do just that and to spare us needless bloodshed. -

Augustus,nip (nobody in particular)

P.S. For any atheists who may read this, don’t get your bowels all in a turmoil of the word Creator. It’s a generic term and only capitalized in acknowledgment of a power greater than ourselves. N’Cest Paz?

October 14, 2009 at 11:17 am
(4) me says:

nasa is wasting way too much money on space travel!!!!

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