Mars in 20 years? Sounds good to me. Let's do this.
I think Elon Musk may have said it better than anyone else:
And his calling out of Senator Shelby was pretty epic:
"A lesser President might have waited until after the upcoming election cycle, not caring that billions more dollars would be wasted. It was disappointing to see how many in Congress did not possess this courage. One senator in particular was determined to achieve a new altitude record in hypocrisy, claiming that the public option was bad in healthcare, but good in space!"
Once you're in orbit you're two-thirds of the way to anywhere, energetically.
Why waste time in a stop-over at the Lunar surface? Because it's close?
A big thank you to America (and yes, Russia too) for getting us started on this whole space thingamajig. I think Europe and Asia can take over now. So long, and thanks for all the fish!
Europe - Let's talk when you're able to launch people into space.
Asia - This isn't a country, or even a loose confederacy. If you mean Japan, see above. If you mean China, then I'll be more impressed when you do something post 1965 that isn't bought from the Russians.
Except that our high-tech manufacturing sector is booming and our manufacturing output has been rising since the '50s, dropping only during recessions.
Constellation was underfunded, overbudget, and both a technical and a practical failure. Axing it is one of the best things Obama has done so far.
The US neither, by the way.
Space X? Scaled Composites? Bigelow Aerospace? None of these are innovative?
es, those treaties which we can bow out of by giving notice. The ones that George Washington warned us about.
Hold your horses, buddy, I'm on your side here. Self-identified libertarian and all, and I agree with "no entangling alliances." The issue is that, now that we're in some entangling alliances, getting out is complicated if we don't want to trigger some very unpleasant wars.
I don't think its fair to tell nations that we've promised we'd defend that they're on their own all of a sudden. I favor a military stand-down over ten or fifteen years in which our excess military equipment is sold off to allied nations so they can get strong enough to hold off their totalitarian adversaries.
he country's broke. How much further do you want to go into debt for this dick-waving habit of yours?
We're sorta broke. It's complicated. Basically, Japan and our allies are funding us through buying our debt while China is doing it because they needed somewhere to store their surplus, which led to hilarious consequences. It's been clear for a while that if China tries to call in our debt, we'll tell them to go fuck themselves. And then all hell will break loose. Thus, they're in as much of a bind as us.
Though yeah, the less of a debt the better. Though you should recognize that most United States debt comes from our giant entitlement programs. Our military is arguably one of the more cost-effective branches of government, not that that's saying much.
Taiwan is dependent on American military protection, and are some of the most fanatical allies we have.
Also, our manufacturing output is going up. I don't know why Slashdot is obsessed with our growing worker productivity.
Who says we're "expected" to do any such thing?
Our defense treaties with Britain, Poland, Japan, Kosovo, South Korea, Norway, Taiwan, etc.
These countries are depending on us to protect them from external aggression, mainly Chinese and Russian. We're moving towards reconciliation with the Russians, but so long as they attempt to bully Eastern Europe with military power and energy supplies they'll keep driving countries into our arms. The major threat we're contending with right now is the PRC.
Even if we were morally or legally obligated to do such a thing, maybe it could be accomplished without spending 55% of all the military appropriations in the whole world, don't you think?
Not when the enemy has home-field advantage. The Chinese are a lot closer to Taiwan then we are, and all of our air support has to operate off of carriers we have in the region. That means the Chinese can deploy many more planes and troops than us, meaning we've got be better than them plane-to-plane and man-to-man.
Oh, and you might want to cite the military spending as percentage of GDP. We're at 4.06%, below Greece, Morocco, and Singapore.
Do you enjoy swatting mosquitos with SAM missiles?
First time I've heard upgraded SU30s referred to as "mosquitoes."
It's reasonable when you're expected to defend a whole range of nations stretching from East Asia to Australia to Western Europe to Eastern Europe to Latin America, while fighting a two-front conventional war (China/Russia) on the enemy's home territory (Taiwan/Eastern Europe) and engaging in counter-terrorism and occupation missions elsewhere (wherever we've invaded recently).
I'd prefer crushing military superiority to losing, personally. I guess you can always move to one of the countries we protect.
Also, recognize that as a percentage of GDP, what we spend is not as insane. Still insane, mind you, but reasonable in perspective.
If you believe in freedom of speech, you should oppose muzzling entertainment as much as muzzling political speech. If your political views are less convincing than mine, working on your policies is better than banning my speech. Likewise, if your country is unable to compete with the culture of the United States, perhaps understanding what makes American culture so powerful and pervasive and trying to emulate it is the better move rather than muzzling it because you're unable to compete.
It's actually more like we own each other.
"The eleventh commandment was `Thou Shalt Compute' or `Thou Shalt Not Compute' -- I forget which." -- Epigrams in Programming, ACM SIGPLAN Sept. 1982