|Curiosity about to land|
|Curiosity and its cousins|
Money spent to acquire basic knowledge, and to answer really Big Questions like whether other worlds have known life? That's investment.
But money spent in endlessly growing entitlements, no matter that a blind man on a fast horse can see the economic and demographic unsustainability of it all? Or money gone into flawed industrial policies, picking winners and (more often) Solyndra-style losers? Far from investment, those expenditures are firm shoves down the slippery slope to Greek- and California-style debt and financial ruin.
Yesterday I read, "Obama Pledges to Protect Science, Tech Funding After NASA Mars Success." (As the same article points out, "NASA has been hit with budget cuts over the last few year." Ask me if I'm encouraged.)
After another downgrade or two to the U.S. national debt, even the pittance that is NASA's budget will be an unaffordable luxury.