We can afford to blow up the world we live on, but can't afford to explore new ones. Here is one painful example.
I don't begrudge comforts for men and women in uniform; they don't get enough support as it is, even from politicians who pretend to support them (while they dodged the draft). But, surely, surely, if there's any sanity left in this country, we can do better than this.
Or can we?
The irony, of course, is that the initial impetus for our space program was in fact military in nature. Maybe we need to cobble together evidence of terrorists on the Moon. Let's put the neocons to work on it.