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  •  Go ahead and be a fuddy-duddy (8+ / 0-)

    when it comes to space exploration. Be concerned with your mundane affairs and casually dismiss the idea of "inspiring" a future generation of engineers and PhDs. Just know that I strenuously disagree with you.

    But regardless of that, please leave this "severe deficit problem" out of it. You do your argument a disservice talking about that strawman. So little money is spent on space exploration, and NASA in general, it's not even worth mentioning. It's a drop in the bucket, especially compared to the War on Terror (invidious? really? you think the author unfairly targeted the War on Terror? You don't think it's a boondoggle for the Military-Industrial Complex? A waste of blood and treasure?).

    •  Guess where we're getting our scientists (4+ / 0-)

      and engineers from these days, it ain't east of eden.

      We're turning out a lot of financial analysts though.

      •  China, India, Russia, Mexico. (1+ / 0-)
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        At least according to the names I've programmed into voicemail systems over the years, and the accents of the people when they recorded their greetings in the systems.  

        So on one hand it's good for those individuals being able to come over here and do their thing.  But on the other hand we have utterly neglected scientific and engineering education and the employment of Americans in these fields.  

        "Minus two votes for the Democrat" equals "plus one vote for the Republican." Arithmetic doesn't care about your feelings.

        by G2geek on Tue Feb 14, 2012 at 12:02:36 AM PST

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      •  My sons attend a local enginnering expo (0+ / 0-)

        here in the Hudson Valley. The schools exipbiting are CRYING for students. Over half the engineers in attendance, both from engineering schools and firms are from outside the USA.

        But all the best students are being hauled into Finance, where their talent and skills only enrich those companies, and produce little. Engineer's work benefits the entire world through their efforts.

        What th' heck do I know, I work for a living...

        by SamuraiArtGuy on Tue Feb 14, 2012 at 07:13:46 AM PST

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    •  Iraq could have paid for Mars. (2+ / 0-)
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      Or could have converted the US to fully climate-clean energy supplies.  

      By the time the full accounting is in hand, it could probably have done both.

      "Minus two votes for the Democrat" equals "plus one vote for the Republican." Arithmetic doesn't care about your feelings.

      by G2geek on Tue Feb 14, 2012 at 12:00:26 AM PST

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