Budgeting a Better World
In fairness to NASA, it’s not like they are the sole reason for the earth’s ills. They have a relatively small piece of an outrageously huge pie and that brings me to my final point. The United States is in a nasty recession and teetering on the brink of depression. The great experiment is reaching its boiling point and to put it simply, we’re broken and we’re broke. We’re broken because of a political class that refuses to look past the party agendas and work together to solve real problems that face our nation. Can you believe the U.S. government hasn’t passed a budget since 1997? We’re not just broken, but we’re broke as well. We have an unemployment rate that is astronomical. We’ve just passed a 1000 page healthcare bill that no one can wrap their minds around and really have no idea how it’s going to affect the economy. According to http://www.brillig.com/debt_clock/, our national debt has increased $3.8 Billion per day since 2007.
As cool as finding life on other planets would be, I am simply more interested in research that would save lives here. I would love to see the U.S. solve its monetary problems and get back to reality before we shoot for the stars. Physics is a fascinating science and astrophysics is just super cool. However, there are other sciences that equally need our attention and real solutions to real problems need to be found. When I see my 50 year old cousin die from lupus, or when I see a friend trapped in his own body from ALS; I have to say that martian microbials are the least of my concern.