Video courtesy of Penny4NASA
An old adage goes, “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” We, as a society, have been indoctrinated into handing out fish. Slowly, but surely, we have been turned into a nation of freeloaders, food-stamps – and failure. NASA, the one agency that lights the fires of our imagination has been allowed to stagnate and wither under decades of neglect. A new movement is underway to halt this degradation – and it will only cost a penny.
You can argue if you wish, but what you can’t deny is what Neil deGrasse Tyson states in this video – we’ve been on a downward slide in terms of space exploration since the end of the Apollo era. We’ve rewarded the amazing success that NASA gave us – with funding cuts that have caused the agency responsible to not just wither – but to be timid, afraid to be bold. Unwilling to do anything that might jeopardize its tenuous grasp on existence.
Video courtesy of Penny4NASA
There is a movement underway to get the train back onto the tracks, to reward NASA for all that it has given us – and it will only cost you a penny.
Penny4NASA is that effort and it is something that makes so much sense making it unbelievable that we have to fight for it. Why? Because, regardless of who you ask, the numbers are essentially the same as to how much out of every tax dollar goes to NASA – and those numbers are appalling. From the low-end it is four-tenth’s of a penny. The high end? Seven-tenth’s of one cent. The Penny4NASA campaign is striving to see that amount raised to one whole penny out of each dollar. Here is the way that it is described on the official Penny4NASA website:
Currently, NASA’s budget only represents about half of one penny of every dollar spent by the United States government annually. We are calling to have NASA’s budget increased to one penny on the dollar. That’s it, as crazy as that sounds, it is still only 1 penny of every dollar spent annually. As Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson says, “Right now, NASA’s annual budget is half a penny on your tax dollar. For twice that—a penny on a dollar—we can transform the country from a sullen, dispirited nation, weary of economic struggle, to one where it has reclaimed its 20th century birthright to dream of tomorrow.”
Video courtesy of The Bill Maher Show
Now, before the anti-NASA howler monkeys start screaming about how we shouldn’t spend money on space, that we should only spend money “on Earth.” That “too much” is spent on NASA as it is. NASA gets a paltry $18.7 billion a year. More money is spent annually on frozen pizza, cigarettes and porn. More money is spent on Valentine’s Day cards and candy. For the measly amount we do invest? We get the International Space Station, the Hubble Space Telescope, the astronaut corps, all of the planetary probes and rovers – and all of the equipment is built here, on Earth – which helps us become a more technologically-advanced society. If we listen to the freeloaders, those seeking hand-outs and stop exploring so we can take care of those too lazy to take care of themselves – we will stop exploring. Every society that has gone down that road? Has withered, decayed and eventually collapsed.
Are we really willing to admit that we’d rather plunk down more on pizza, smokes and porn rather than our future? We as a nation, need to “man up” and give NASA the funding it needs. How much is the future worth to you? Do you really think you can buy a shining future on the cheap? $37 billion is the amount being sought for NASA’s annual budget – this is less than what Bernie Madoff swindled (estimated between $50 and $65 billion) investors out of, less than what is spent on gambling every year ($100 billion) less than what is spent on lottery tickets ($53 billion) and less than what we spend getting drunk annually ($57 billion). If we can’t look in the mirror and say, “We as a nation should spend more on our future than we spent on hooch, poker, lotto and getting scammed.” – then we deserve where we are going.
Video courtesy of SpaceKSCBlog
This On @ The 90 is more stringent, more angry and more blunt than perhaps any I’ve produced in the past, For the simple fact that America – is becoming a nation that used to explore. It is also the first without the usual lead image, it is uneeded and would only take away from the message. Penny4NASA shines a spotlight on this simple fact and seeks to reverse it. The videos here state “We’ve stopped dreaming.” They’re essentially correct. We have, in favor of entitlements and handouts we have given up on dreaming. If we’re wise, if we start thinking in the long term instead of the short term – we will support the efforts of Penny4NASA and turn our eyes to the skies, and our dreams, once again.
For more information, please visit: http://penny4nasa.org/