I just realized a good analogy, because to me it has the same feeling.
The feeling is the "honor" of being an Astronaut, you don't have honor if you are working for a company, but if you are working for your country,
you get that honor.
It's like being a soldier.
We have two types of soldiers in Iraq, government soldiers "G.I.s" and "mercenaries" (which is a HORRIBLE term to call them as most are more
patriotic and ideological than the soldiers in the Army or Marines and such. Most are ex-military) Those are Black Water USA contractors.
Both perform the same function...one gets all the credit why? Two reasons...one is Black Water doesn't like publicity for good reasons.
But the second is...what honor is there in being "privatized"?
This goes further...now imagine the Army as NASA.
We can privatize the Army you know? The Army will be paid substantial sums for services and what not, and paid "over-time" for a state of
On the side, the Army can take jobs from other peoples who are willing to pay enough...pay a million dollars and the Army will send a company
anywhere, no questions asked for a week or such.
Everything involving the Army is already Privatized...Military Industrial Complex.
The only thing not privatized is the Army itself.
It is a government "cap" on all those private industries that produces weapons and materials for it.
In many ways (transportation) the Army has been privatized, using private plane companies and such to ship materials around.
But as you can see, in the end, it is unreasonable to actually privatize something that controls so much technology.
NASA controls a lot of technology as well.
So long as NASA is governed by the US Government, it won't do something stupid like say, put Chinese ICBMs up on satellites.
I think this comparison is a strong one.
Privatization of the Astronaut loses the "honor" of exploration that they deserve.
And it also is just complicating matters. Where first you had a well regulated "cap" on a bunch of private industries, working them all in one
direction, now you have a market driven "cap" that is interested in profits, and usually profits drive policy. That is not always a good thing.
Imagine having our Army wherever the highest bidder wants it to go.
Imagine NASA doing things for other nations because they pay the best...and those things are not exactly pro-American if you know what I mean.
Regulation has to come from somewhere with such sensitive issues.