Thanks a lot, Barack.
Our economy was already in the toilet, unemployment was through the roof, and you just had to go and crush American morale by ending the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and all the pride and glory with which it came. No, really -- thank you for doing that!
Sorry folks, but if history is here to instruct us, then we ought to be able to look into the past and realize that bureaucracy (government departments, administrations, and agencies) are rarely -- if ever -- more innovative and creative than their private sector counterparts. Consider the following image:
It's true. You can't deny it. If the government tried to create and regulate video game consoles, do you think we would have such remarkably fantastic gaming systems on which to spend our free time? Of course not.
Why, you might ask, is that the case?
The answer is fairly simple. Incentives are the enzymes of innovation. And money is the human race's most basic form of incentive. In other words, money is what motivates and lays the foundation for cutting-edge new technological creations.
Then it follows that bureaucrats are not the most fit group of individuals to develop new, breakthrough products. They get paid by the hour or the year at the same salary whether or not they create something marvelous. This is why the private sector has the obvious advantage. A private corporation's motives for innovation lie, as stated, in profit. Cold, hard, limitless cash. Private companies aren't paid set wages -- they reap what they sow. If their newly invented product revolutionizes the market, then they will certainly earn the incentive that motivated them from the start; the incentive that they so rightly deserve.
This, we can only hope, will boost American ingenuity and resolve to explore and travel into space. If competition within private industry can create a new space age for mankind, then perhaps the death of NASA is merely an intergalactic rebirth…
What do YOU think? Can the government innovate as effectively as private industry? How do you see the future of space travel in the US of A?