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Saturday, January 17, 2004


Bush's Bankrupt Vision

posted by Christopher at Saturday, January 17, 2004 permalink View blog reactions
What I want to know...

Is why in the world the Democrats (Dean included) are not savaging Bush on his 'space' plans. Perhaps everyone is simply waiting until the dust settles from the caucus and the primaries, but I have to say that this so-called 'plan' to go to the moon and to mars is the most wrong-headed, poorly-timed initiative I've ever heard of. Now don't get me wrong - the idea of a serious effort to reach out to the stars is certainly exciting - but it's exciting when we have the resources to put into it, not when so many are struggling - it's exciting when we're at peace. Given that we're in the middle of a war, that millions of Americans are out of work, that another 3 million Americans now lack health care (total: 43 million), and that we're saddled with a huge Bush deficit is this the time for a complete overhaul of our space program? Where's the outrage?

From CNN: "No firm cost estimates have been developed, but informal discussions have put the cost of a Mars expedition at nearly $1 trillion, depending on how ambitious the project was. The cost of a moon colony, again, would depend on what NASA wants to do on the lunar surface."

What could this country do with $1 trillion? Build new schools... health care for all Americans (most of the Dems plans cost around $87 billion, at least Dean's does - a bargain!). How about fighting a more worthwhile war - the war on poverty? This silliness should offend the budget conscious in our nation. What is going on with conservatives in America? Weren't they the ones who were supposed to be fiscal watchdogs? Apparently the dogs are asleep.

When you have no money left in your checking account, do you cut back and save up? Or, do you just say... 'great! I'm going to go buy a luxury liner and head for Bermuda.' That is the equivalent of what Bush is doing with this so-called space plan. If this is his vision, then maybe Paul O'Neill was right - there's a blind man talking to the deaf. Fortunately, there's a doctor in the race - Bush needs a serious check-up. Anybody else out there feel this way about this initiative?


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