the bottom line, Top Gear made me want to punch my president tonight. How DARE you scrap the missions. the one thing that will bering this world together even if its only for a few minutes at a time. everyone is inspired by the men and women in space programs around the world and even more inspired when they do something like go to the moon or mars.
Because we have to pay our ridiculous defense/massive army budget for fighting the great american-soviet war of 2025, while keeping our hideously overpriced healthcare system funded, while paying for ongoing tax cuts.
Want moon missions? Tiny army and massive taxes. Try finding a politician willing to run on THAT platform!
Cutting military spending by 3% would pay for all of NASA. No need to go down to a tiny army, and no need to raise taxes.
Alternatively, not keeping the top bracket tax cuts would also pay for NASA on its own - about five times their current budget year after year.
In essence, either a tiny bit less of a tax cut for the top few percent or a tiny cut to the military budget could easily pay for all of NASA.
Maybe it was the non-helmeted stig...?