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I'm fully aware of Elon Musk's government funding, but it's a lot cheaper than NASA used to cost with the space shuttle, Apollo, Mercury and Saturn rockets. And Musk's rockets are reusable because they come back and land on earth. Bezos is also working on a similar design where rockets sent into orbit return on their own power and land back on earth. Musk took it even a step further and was able to land on a floating landing pad in the middle of the ocean which is yet another notch higher in the belt for any other competitor to even compete with.
But this is all sub-contracted work. Just like with all the military aircraft. It's not the government bureaucracy running things. It's outsource sub-contracting.
But regardless of what ever our government does (and regardless of who is POTUS), there will always be those who attempt to siphon as much off the government as possible. And that's what oversight committees are supposed to be checking for, but when the overseers themselves are on the payroll of those hefty dish-outs of our taxpayer dollars, there is no real way to tell what is going on. Therefore the oversight committees also need to be outsourced to the public sector, but then the public sector too can also be bought off for a price and thus... no end to the government conundrums of wasteful spending!
That was a long time ago. The process is different now. I read some articles on it.
Spending is always a huge controversy. What to spend it on and how much. Politicians see money as endless.
Showtalk said...That was a long time ago. The process is different now. I read some articles on it.
Actually, it's still occurring... under new rules to weed out some of the old tactics used, but new tactics have come up that allow them to continue doing the same but not yet be caught.
And this problem is not only in the US, it's all over the world... including Japan. Any time the government is involved, it will become more expensive than if the government isn't involved. And that holds true for all countries!
Showtalk said...Spending is always a huge controversy.
Absolutely!!! No doubt about that in any way!
Showtalk said...What to spend it on and how much. Politicians see money as endless.
And that's the problem because they're not spending their money... they're spending ours! And unless we can hold them accountable, the problem will just continue to exacerbate.
They spend what they don't have... we keep voting them into office so that they can spend more of what they don't have while we end up footing the bills! Makes absolutely no sense if you ask me!
But they keep getting voted in time and again to spend more and more and more!
We need to stand up and say enough is enough is enough. But it will take a concerted effort of everybody. Except the biggest problem here is that they continue to add more and more people who depend on government handouts and they're not going to want to vote on anything to reduce what they currently get!
And thus the paradox we're currently in! Unless some kind of miracle occurs, we will spend our way into bankruptcy similar to Venezuela!
The endless supply. They print more. Even those who want a budget want government money spend on projects that affect them positively. We could stop that by having very strong term limits on the House and Senate. Two terms and they are out. No campaigning while they are in office. Then they would only win a second term if they accomplished something.
Showtalk said...The endless supply. They print more.
Ah, but the more you print, the less value it carries, just look at the Venezuelan Bolivar: https://www.xe.com/currencyconverter/convert/?Amount=1&From=VEF&To=USD
1.00 Venezuelan Bolívar = US$ 0.0000000000032129136
And yes, you read that correct, US$ 1.00 = 311,208,903,643.77 Venezuelan Bolívares
They won’t believe it until it happens. Then they will blame Trump
Showtalk said...They won’t believe it until it happens. Then they will blame Trump
That's a sad fact of reality... but it won't be Trump's fault!
But regardless of who they blame it on... you would end up paying at least $37,000 or more for a gallon of gas?