Monday, August 12, 2013 1:07:20 PM
You know how in your 401k you can say "I want 10% to go in this fund and 20% in that fund and so forth"? I want that for my taxes. I want to be able to say I want x% for defense and y% for NASA etc etc. Then you crazy lefties can put all you rtax money into your crazy government programs and I can put mine towards things that will actually accomplish something (heh heh!)! SOrry, but I don't trust either party to do what`s right with my tax money anymore. I want to do that. Oh, and make it aflat %15 while you`re at it!
Saturday, August 10, 2013 12:02:02 PM
@OldIdiotOllie spewed "How much do you think the constitution says tax payers should put toward science?"
Pretty much the same as it says to put toward military spending. IT DOESN'T SPECIFY. Article I, Section 8, Clause 1 of the Constitution (the Taxing and Spending Clause) states "Congress shall have Power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defence and general Welfare of the United States". It is left to Congress to prioritize between "common Defence" and "general Welfare."
Saturday, August 10, 2013 9:17:08 AM
Yes, the NASA budget is low. And has continued to be slashed. We still do more than any other Western nation. The fact is a Democracy has a hard time justifying more space spending to voters who want more social spending. However, we now have private space companies, which is completely missed by these numbers. Their share will drastically increase in the years to come.
And also, the DoD number includes not just tons of research, but also tons of space exploration. The Air Force sends more stuff into space these days than Nasa, and Air Force space command has double the employees. However, they were hit the hardest by the Sequester. So the recent military cuts went mostly against the space stuff.
We owe the AF for GPS, advances in communications technology, state of the art weather and climate data, and future advances we don't yet know about.