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originally posted by: HighWizard
a reply to: TheScale
Well, if the governments purpose is to advance knowledge and ability scientifically and technologically, why are we bothering to go back and reprove technology from decades ago? Nasa's next goal should be Mars. That's where we have not gone before.
If companies want to go to the Moon and secure resources, let them go for it. Fine. If the U.S. wants to build an exploration operating facility there, fine. If private individuals want to homestead the moon, fantastic. But I don't believe for a second that our government should be focusing on harnessing the moons resources. There's no need for it. If Trump and his buddies want private companies all over the moon, that's cool, but don't tell me that my government needs to foot the bill for setting up ways to get there.
We are a capitalist nation all day long, we are not a corporate well-fare fund. That's NOT why I pay taxes.
Don't get me twisted for some whining hypocritical liberal. I love capitalism because I want to be filthy rich, and powerful, and I want to be able to create whatever I please whenever. To that capitalist end, I believe that our government should stay out of capital affairs. I think the government is responsible for funding our exploration and furthering our understanding. I don't believe in American Imperialism. I don't believe that we have any claim over the moon, nor does any other nation.
1. We'll have to await US policy that outlines how things wll happen,
rather than relying on a single source that is speculating.
3. Mining the moon will not be commercially viable. Not yet anyway.
originally posted by: TerryMcGuire
a reply to: HighWizard
Well hello again Wizard. I agree with crow that any space or moon initiatives that Trump endorses are really only so he can try for a bigger piece of the pie. You also point out that you believe that he will do and say anything in pursuit of money and power for himself and his cohorts which is to me is a true understanding of his presidency.
Trump is a single minded man. All of it directed to those goals, money power and the support system to keep it rolling.
My concern is that maybe Trump just wants to position himself and his buddies to do the looting, raping and pillaging - not just on Earth, but also on the Moon, and in space too.