OK

This is only a Preview!

You must Publish this diary to make this visible to the public,
or click 'Edit Diary' to make further changes first.

Posting a Diary Entry

Daily Kos welcomes blog articles from readers, known as diaries. The Intro section to a diary should be about three paragraphs long, and is required. The body section is optional, as is the poll, which can have 1 to 15 choices. Descriptive tags are also required to help others find your diary by subject; please don't use "cute" tags.

When you're ready, scroll down below the tags and click Save & Preview. You can edit your diary after it's published by clicking Edit Diary. Polls cannot be edited once they are published.

If this is your first time creating a Diary since the Ajax upgrade, before you enter any text below, please press Ctrl-F5 and then hold down the Shift Key and press your browser's Reload button to refresh its cache with the new script files.

ATTENTION: READ THE RULES.

  1. One diary daily maximum.
  2. Substantive diaries only. If you don't have at least three solid, original paragraphs, you should probably post a comment in an Open Thread.
  3. No repetitive diaries. Take a moment to ensure your topic hasn't been blogged (you can search for Stories and Diaries that already cover this topic), though fresh original analysis is always welcome.
  4. Use the "Body" textbox if your diary entry is longer than three paragraphs.
  5. Any images in your posts must be hosted by an approved image hosting service (one of: imageshack.us, photobucket.com, flickr.com, smugmug.com, allyoucanupload.com, picturetrail.com, mac.com, webshots.com, editgrid.com).
  6. Copying and pasting entire copyrighted works is prohibited. If you do quote something, keep it brief, always provide a link to the original source, and use the <blockquote> tags to clearly identify the quoted material. Violating this rule is grounds for immediate banning.
  7. Be civil. Do not "call out" other users by name in diary titles. Do not use profanity in diary titles. Don't write diaries whose main purpose is to deliberately inflame.
For the complete list of DailyKos diary guidelines, please click here.

Please begin with an informative title:


I had a conversation with a co-worker today, where this topic came up, as an example of "wasteful government spending." This co-worker is a limited government, pro-corporation, let the market decide, old-school conservative. On occasion we discuss politics and current events.

When I brought up the Apollo Program as put forward by JFK, as an example of a Government Program (NASA) that was definitely "worth the investment" -- my co-worker's predictable reply went something like this:

Well the Apollo program did have some "cold war" spin off benefits, so in that way it was worthwhile. Otherwise if the free-market doesn't want it, then our Government has no business, making us go there.
To which I replied well look at all the larger spin-off benefits that NASA program ultimately brought to the economy, spinning off businesses and products from their research (Tang, Velcro, Space Blanket, Satellite Communications, Weather Satellites, Advanced Electronics, etc, etc.)

Mr Free-Market was unphased by my economic argument. He simply asserted:

Show me in the Constitution where it says the Government has a right to invest in stuff like this? With our Tax Dollars?
To which I was momentarily stumped.  (Then he quickly switched the topic to 2nd Amendment rights, and it was down another seemingly endless rabbit trail.)


Which leads me to the title question of today's post.  What say you:

"Our Government has no 'Business' in Space."
True, False, It Depends;  Discuss not-so-quietly among yourselves.


(And thanks for helping me out of this "free-market" government-investment maze.)

Intro

You must enter an Intro for your Diary Entry between 300 and 1150 characters long (that's approximately 50-175 words without any html or formatting markup).



The main problem with Outer Space,

is that there is so much of it ...

-- Anonymous



Extended (Optional)

Poll

Our Government has no 'Business' in Space.

5%4 votes
85%68 votes
8%7 votes
1%1 votes

| 80 votes | Vote | Results

EMAIL TO A FRIEND X
Your Email has been sent.