The Obama Administration is very clear on its view of millionaires, billionaires, and business – they have too much and the Government needs it. Some would argue that this compliments the view of some Liberals and Democrats that social justice can only be attained by Government intervention. None can dispute that President Obama believes that redistribution of wealth is essential and that the Government is needed to do so – his comments to Joe the Plumber during the 2008 presidential campaign made that very clear.
What does that have to do with space? A lot.
The Obama re-election campaign, and Administration, have made huge efforts to target business and the “rich”. The Buffett Rule is perhaps the most recent and well know advance to redistribute wealth, garner votes, and empower the Government to spend more. The reasoning is that Government is best at deciding where the money held by the “rich” should be dedicated. An example of this is the Obama Stimulus, which proponents claim prevented a depression and has created or “saved” upwards of 3 millon jobs.
But Government, under President Obama, is also visionless and Earth-bound. Eugene Cernan, of Apollo 17, stated about the Obama Administration policies in regard to NASA
“For The United States, the leading space faring nation for nearly half a century, to be without carriage to low Earth orbit and with no human exploration capability to go beyond Earth orbit for an indeterminate time into the future, destines our nation to become one of second or even third rate stature.”
In trying to manage helathcare (the Health Care Reform law), green technology (Solyndra), the auto industry (GM), and other activities the Government cannot also reach beyond itself. The effort to micromanage defeats the desire to search the stars. Which resulted in the cancellation of NASA’s Constellation program, rejection of plans to return to the Moon, and a dependance on use of privately funded and created intersetellar crafts.
Thus companies like Space Exploration Technologies Corporation (SpaceX) with their Falcon 9 are the true future for outer space. In fact, while the cut-back NASA is seeking to mine 2 ounces of material from an asteroid under the Origins Spectral Interpretation Resource Identification Security Regolith Explorer [OSIRIS-REx] program(at a cost of roughly $1 billion), Planetary Resources is laying down the plans to commercially mine whole asteroids (at an uncalculated cost estimated to be in the billions of dollars). The vision of gathering extra-planetary resources is being pioneered by the very same billionaires being demonized for not paying their fair share (in this case Google co-founder Larry Page and chairman Eric Schmidt, former Microsoft chief architect and space tourist Charles Simonyi, and former Microsoft CTO David Vaskevitch).
The comparison is stark. As Government abandons space, the “rich” are looking to explore it. As the Government looks to take from the “rich”, those same people are using their vast wealth to do what the Government can not – creating jobs and spurring new industry growth.
So imagine if the proponents of social justice and redistribution could have their way. Imagine that the Buffett Rule and other new taxes were put in place. Would Larry Page still have the funds to build rockets and robots to mine asteroids? Would the growth in people being taken care of by Government entitlement programs equate to the loss of the stars and the much needed resources they contain? Would a Government ever more concerned about micromanaging individual lives, be a worthy reward to stagnate or retard the exploration of our solar system and all the innovations and inventions and jobs it could create?
Recent polling shows that 42% of Americans believe that free market investments have made America great. Those investments came from people like Rockefeller, J.P. Morgan, Bill Gates, Steve Jobs and others. People that the Obama Administration, Liberals, and Democrats would like you to believe are doing nothing with their wealth except hoarding it like modern day dragons.
Thus the question that lays before the American people is simply this: Do you want to look up at the stars and wonder, or sit in your home waiting for a Government check?
The actions of the Obama Administration seem to demonstrate their answer. Do you agree with it?
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