Wrong. Every government dollar spent on a trip to Mars is one less government dollar that can be spent on something that actually helps society here on earth. Which is really holding back progress - staying home or wasting upwards of a trillion dollars on a trip to Mars?Originally Posted by Harshaw
A few distinctions:Originally Posted by Harshaw
There WERE reasons for all of those things, unlike going to Mars. Even at the time, people could recognize the utility of airplanes and automobiles.
None of those things cost taxpayers a trillion dollars.
None of those things were done decades before they were economically practical. If the ancient Romans had decided that instead of building aqueducts, they were going to build a flying machine that could cross the ocean, they would've been wasting their money. Societies typically don't want to bite off more than they can chew, and for good reason.
Sorry, but not being boring isn't a good enough reason to spend an unimaginable amount of taxpayer money when there ARE things the money could be spent on that WILL help people.Originally Posted by Harshaw
I think that most of the people criticizing the "wait, wait, wait" mentality are just trying to hide their own selfish desire: THEY have always thought about going to Mars, and want to see it happen in their lifetime regardless of the costs to the public.