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Asteroids Want to Destroy the Middle Class- and Women

tgwWhale Wrote: Feb 27, 2013 9:07 AM
Chip: Contrary to the rants of libertarian loonies like Ransom, you are correct. The bigger picture is that what is needed is a continuing serious space program. If you have the assets to get it there, a decent-size nuke could deflect a small asteroid enough to miss the earth. When the gov't works for the common weal (e.g., put a man on the moon, build the Hoover Dam or the Interstate highway system), it generally is inefficient and wasteful, but it works. When the gov't attempts to take care of individuals (e.g., welfare, Obamacare) it generally does a lot more harm than good. We are not bankrupt because of NASA or even military spending. We are bankrupt because of entitlement programs.
Vic156 Wrote: Feb 27, 2013 9:31 PM
This is why I said Chip is right in essence. He, however, continues to be blind to your points so far as I can see. I call him a blind squirrel, though I'm sure it is squirrels (blind or otherwise) that I've insulted.

With science today largely funded by government, you knew it wouldn‘t be long before the recent asteroid encounter in Chelyabinsk, Russia would lead to well-meaning, but mostly hysterical cries that we MUST DO SOMETHING about it;  “something” that costs a lot of money; “something” that involves thick scientific studies; and- the best part- “something” that promises no results for the fifty-to-a-hundred thousand years of program costs, run by the central and federal  government of the US-of-A.

If we don’t do “something,” NOW they’ll say, we’ll risk plague, locusts, drought and the usual assortment of frogs lets loose by the...