It's about politics. With one swift cut, you can save billions and stop your predecessor from getting credit for a new moon shot.
Obama killed off one such endeavor of Bush's.
he ideas consist of sending autonomous robots to various locations in space to create infrastructure using local resources with advanced manufacturing technology, such as 3D printing. The new aspect is that someone in the White House is publicly discussing these concepts.
Well, it's about time. I've been saying for years we should launch robots and what-not up to Mars and construct a functional base with food and the ability to grow more, and only then launch humans up there.
This "giant moonshot" standard plan is idiotic and prone to failure.