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  •  We've heard this tired crappy argument for years (13+ / 0-)

    ...that scientific projects should be shelved until all poverty, hunger (or other economic injustice) has been addressed and ended, because the latter has a vastly superior claim on the resources of the country and it's immoral to do otherwise until they have been resolved.  If we had done that, technology and science would never have advanced, and we'd still be living with a far less productively capable economy that's far less able to effectively address problems like poverty in the first place.

    This isn't to say at all that problems like poverty must be entirely stiffed in favor of scienctific projects and expeditions, but the proper balance does NOT require forego investing heavily in science.  In the long run, it's the best anti-poverty medicine that government and private money can buy.

    •  Good point (3+ / 0-)
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      elfling, James Kresnik, Vladislaw

      Another point is that scientists and astrophysicists, and aerospace engineers need jobs too.  If NASA goes away, add those people to the unemployment lines.   Sure, they can go to work for the Pentagon, but not everybody wants to work for the military -  designing bombs and weapon systems to kill people.

      •  Pentagon already has people for those jobs anyway (0+ / 0-)

        And Starbucks is closing stores.

        Laying off those NASA engineers would not only stop a lot of research in its tracks, and keep it from being maintained or handed off, but it would also discourage another generation of students from getting degrees in science and engineering. Who wants to get a Ph.D. to make $20k a year or to stand in an unemployment line?

        Fry, don't be a hero! It's not covered by our health plan!

        by elfling on Sun Dec 14, 2008 at 10:52:29 PM PST

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