Nuggets of Wisdom

Thursday, March 26, 2015

This Is Why We Can't Have Nice Things!

Vox lists 7 things the government spends more money on than space exploration:

Now I’m disappointed knowing that I could’ve been hanging out at a burger joint on the moon right now had our government not squandered our taxpayer money on fancy planes for wars we’ll never fight, giant playgrounds for roided-out Neanderthals, and an antiquated communication service that’s already been replaced by the internet.

Seriously, how is this not a selling point for politicians, especially for so-called “fiscal conservatives”? They could easily win an election if they campaigned on factoids such as these. Imagine them running a television ad where they tell people, “Hey, we could be halfway to Mars on our first manned mission if we didn’t waste all our money keeping the post office on life support,” or “We could be selling real estate on the moon by now if we weren’t building stadiums for the NFL—which, by the way, is tax-exempt.” Those candidates would be guaranteed a seat in the White House.

Instead, we have the usual run-of-the-mill corporate puppets proposing that we balance our budget by either raising taxes (despite Americans paying more in taxes than other basic necessities) or cutting spending (by which, they mean making cosmetic budget cuts to anemic services such as Planned Parenthood or PBS). Sigh. I could really use a Big Mac…on the moon!