Realistically there's no money for a major space project.
Realistically, there are a lot of labor resources available for a major space project. Of course, expecting any modern western neo-liberal government to be able to leverage said resources is laughable at best.
Money is just a tool. It has zero value in itself, and is only useful for distributing actual productive resources. As long as there exists underlying resources, the distribution of money can always be fixed with a combination of taxing and printing.
Claiming that an economically sovereign government like the US can't pay their obligations is laughable. It isn't like the US debt is denominated in gold or foreign currency. The people running the US government may not be willing to pay the obligations since it would expose the lies they use to scare voters with, but if they really wanted to they could.
Government of the people for the people and by the people. Are you protesting representative democracy now? Thought that was chosen by "same group of men that Franklin stood with."
That you have government officials calling it treason that some policy documents were released goes to show that the US is no longer a democracy.
In a real democracy, those having hidden those documents should be the ones getting put before court.
You simply can't have real democracies without those voting having adequate information.
No used game sales means less new game purchases
It is fairly trivial to show that the "recouped costs" as you put it will never allow more new game sales in a market that allows used sales.
If the used game market was 100% effective, then the new games sales would be the same between the two. However, the used market is far from efficient. It drains a huge percentage of the money that goes through it into the pocket of the dealers.
What is true is that a market without used sales will allow consumers to experience a lesser amount (not necessarily quality) of content. But if you want to make that argument, then I recommend that you first put your attention towards getting rid of copyright and intellectual property laws as they have the same effect.
Lo! Men have become the tool of their tools. -- Henry David Thoreau