posted on Jan, 11 2012 @ 11:01 AM
reply to post by jibajaba
Although this "opinion" is horribly, terribly wrong and ill-informed:
Nasa - is another tax drain - designed to fleece the public.
It succinctly encapsulates the problems back in the 1960s and 1970s, and why the American public's appetite for continued money to be spent on
further Moon missions led to the withdrawing of funding.
You said "fleece" up there, and although you probably don't realize it, you hit the one of the many nails in the coffin of the Apollo Program on
Ever hear of Senator William Proxmire? He was a VERY vocal critic of the space program in his day.....as were many others.....they did NOT care about
putting people on the Moon, these people all thought it was a waste of money. THEY knew it was real, and actually happening (and not "faked"), but
they wanted the money spent elsewhere.
Oh, and "fleece"?? Sen. Proxmire had his own creation, the "Golden Fleece Award
" that he used as a political stunt to draw
attention in areas he personally disliked, in terms of what he called "Government waste". He coined the idea in 1975, well after the hey day of
Apollo, but it indicates his level of mindset.
Golden Fleece Award
Proxmire earned the unending enmity of space advocates and science fiction fandom for his opposition to space colonization, ultimately eliminating
spending on said research from NASA's budget. In response to a segment about space colonies run by the CBS program 60 Minutes, Proxmire stated
that; "it's the best argument yet for chopping NASA's funding to the bone .... I say not a penny for this nutty fantasy"........
In a number of circles his name has become a verb, meaning to unfairly obstruct scientific research for political gain.
In essence, there were many in the U.S. Congress like him, and they listened to many of their constituents who echoed the "waste" (they thought) of
the space program......I used to hear it all the time, debates where a person would keep saying "We should be spending all that money on the
homeless or the poor, and keep it here at home."
See, there were mindless automatons and clueless uninspired people back then, too.......