179 Round-Trips To The Moon Would Not Have Cost Us This Much

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The whole time I was growing up I heard people complaining about how much we (the country) were spending on the NASA space program, and that money could be spent on programs for the poor … entitlement programs. The counter argument was that Americans spent more on pizza in a year than was spent on the space program. How far we have fallen as the democrat-led US Senate has first done nothing to pass a budget as over a trillion dollars a year is added to the debt, and now they plan on using it as a tax-raising bargaining chip with the GOP…

House GOP leaders needled Senate Democrats on Tuesday for failing to write a budget for four years, saying 179 round-trips to the moon could have been taken in the time being.

Republicans also say three Pentagons could have been built and a mountain-climbing team could have made it to the top of Everest 292 times since Senate Democrats last wrote a budget resolution, in the spring of 2009.

The criticism from the GOP comes after Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) said his conference would write a budget this spring. Schumer on Sunday said the budget would be used as a vehicle to move tax reform legislation.

Schumer pledged to do a budget after House Republican leaders said they would approve a three-month extension of the debt ceiling that would block senators from receiving their paychecks if a budget isn’t passed.

The graphic released Tuesday includes the hashtag “No Budget No Pay.”

“Before there is any long-term debt-limit increase, a budget should be passed that cuts spending,” Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) told the Republican Conference on Friday in remarks to close the party’s three-day retreat in Williamsburg, Va. “The Democratic-controlled Senate has failed to pass a budget for four years. That is a shameful run that needs to end, this year.”

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An added bonus … Photographer, writer and director S.G. Collins does an interesting debunking of the Moon landing hoax theories. Glenn Beck suspects Collins is a bit of an anti-Bush era liberal, but finds his logic and reasoning on the inability to fake the Moon landing important, and thought provoking.

My favorite take-away line from Collins:

“Why does any of this matter? Well, my concern is with the ultimate fate of knowing … of seeing the difference of what you can know, and what you wish for. Because that’s what puts the “sapiens” in ‘homo sapiens’. Without that you’re just another homo…”