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President Bush will announce plans next week to send Americans to Mars and back to the moon and to establish a long-term human presence on the moon, senior administration officials said Thursday night.

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Bush has been expected to propose a bold new space mission in an effort to rally Americans around a unifying theme as he campaigns for re-election.

All of a sudden we need a long-term presence on the fucking moon?!? Why? Are there good jobs on the moon? Does the moon have single-payer health insurance and affordable housing? I mean, why have a "unifying theme" like, oh, I don't know...education or peace or prosperity when you can spend trillions of dollars we don't have in order to fulfill some bullshit space-boy fantasy and go dicking around with moon rocks?

I vote for sending all members of the Bush administration to colonize the Sun for us.

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No there are no good jobs on the moon, but there are good jobs to help people get to the moon. Think about it, the aerospace industry would rehire people to prepare the rockets that would boost astronauts into deep orbit. I understand the complaints, but also see it as a good thing for the country. A sense of mission and purpose. Giving more money to domestic programs isn't a bad thing, but think about it...we have spent more and more money on domestic programs throughout many presidencies, but are there still poor in the world? Are there some who take advantage of decency, and maintain themselves in a social welfare system? During the Kennedy Administration, we had a sense of vision, looking at going to the moon. Now, we let other countries go into space, and we chase our tails around, throwing blame here and there, yet offer no solutions. Is this a perfect idea? I don't know, but at least it is an idea to get the country moving, not an attack to maintain us in the same place.

Hector Maldonado @ 01/16/2004 09:13 AM CST


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