Out of curiosity, can you give examples of tech. spin-offs that have come about from space exploration specifically? I''m aware that there have been civilian spin-offs from the military-industrial complex (like the internet), but I'm not aware of any from space exploration.The benefits society has incurred from the technological spin-off alone has been worth the investment in our destiny to reach the stars.
Your first sentence is debatable. As to your second, I don't know about the finances of the American social programs, so I can't speak to that.Entitlement programs, on the other hand, have served little other purpose than as a public feeding trough for voters and bureaucrats. Nearly all of them are financially unsustainable, but Obama has nothing to say about that.