Now even NASA’s a campaign issue

I remember sitting on the floor in front of the TV when astronauts went to the moon. I’ve always liked the stars, particularly the sun, and told everyone I’d be a solar physicist before I could even really pronounce the term properly. Obviously, I’ve been a little sidetracked along the way.

Kind of like NASA.

The Washington Post did a piece on the two candidates’ plan to fund the program. It appears both intend to be generous. In fact, they’re fighting a bit about who will support the program better.

I know that Florida’s still considered up for grabs, but how the heck did who will spend the most on NASA become a campaign issue? Isn’t it about reducing the spending this year?

Yes, the space program has brought world-wide wonders right into my home. No, Tang, Teflon, and Velcro are not three of them. (Funny, but I saw the Velcro/NASA connection touted a few days ago on the History Channel’s Modern Marvels.) I still have to ask, is it worth it? Senator Barack Obama is suggesting a $2 billion addition to NASA’s $17.5 billion budget.

Now where did he find that money?


  1. Shawn Matson says:

    I say cut NASA’s spending significantly. It’s a luxury, not a necessity.