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Should space exploration remain a priority for federal funding?
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Leslie Key, 7/26/2019 5:09 PM
If our country was not already over 20 trillion dollars in debt, I’d agree with space exploration funding. But how are we ever going to get our federal budget under control? Our families have to budget and make tough choices. Why doesn’t our federal government? At some point, ALL our country is going to be able to do is pay the interest on our huge national debt. Trump’s new 2020 budget includes $718 Billion dollars for our Defense Department, and a chunk of that $718 Billion will be going towards a new Space Force. Do we really need a Space Force when we are $20 Trillion dollars in debt? I don’t think so.
Patsy Excell, 7/26/2019 5:10 PM
Would rather the funds were spent on continuing the President's programs for border security and our country's economic growth.
Sherryl Huseonica, 7/27/2019 1:07 PM
Since more private companies are coming forward to continue space exploration by designing and launching new forms of space travel, I think the government funding could be cut back some. NASA is no longer handling everything like they once did. However, someone commented on the new Space Force, which is part of the defense budget...yes, that should definitely continue because other countries are also looking at space as a place to combat weaponry designed to attack from a space platform. We should definitely be prepared.
Jan Burch, 7/28/2019 1:13 PM
Under normal circumstances, I would believe that space exploration is a luxury that we cannot afford, especially considering the size of our debt. However, it is apparent that if any country develops superiority in space, they will also gain significant advantages from a military/ surveillance/ national security perspective as well. The country that "owns" outerspace may gain such a significant advantage as to realign world order, placing a foe in a position of superiority over the US. The US does not use its military superiority to take over other countries, claim it as our own, or steal their resources. Yet we can not expect other countries to be as altruistic if their capabilities exceed ours in the future.
Judith Lichliter, 7/29/2019 4:54 PM
This was a hard question to answer. I worked in the space industry in the 1960's and was proud of the job I did. There are so many needs in our country today. But to start the change of spending where we shouldn't in America, we must start with the spending in Washington. Our parties must get on the same page. The misuse of funds has to stop. Finish the Border. Stop the funding for people pouring across our borders.
We must stay ahead of other countries in the race for claiming outer space. Or the next bombing here at home will be from outer space.
Jane Woellhof, 8/8/2019 9:35 PM
Agree we need to continue to lower our spending and lower our debt; however, we
need to put money and commitment in the space project--some in both pots. We must lead in space to benefit from what we find and learn--to lead. We can lower our debt by lowering how much we give to citizens, face we cannot continue to spend spend and provide what is a citizens job to provide. We weaken citizens by providing too much. Self sufficiency was taught in early country schools and those students became our leaders. We can still do this today. I believe in America and freedom.
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