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On To Europa!

While watching the Curiosity landing Sunday night, it occurred to me that here at last was a true example of American Exceptionalism, a true reason to stand up and chant “USA! USA!”.  In spite of drastic cuts to NASA’s budget over the last 30+ years, we still are Number One when it comes to space exploration.  As a nation we’ve gone to hell in pretty much every other category, from education to health care to income inequality.  But this is the one area where we still are the undisputed world leaders.  So why not capitalize on this and start expanding NASA’s budget?  What NASA does leads to all kinds of other scientific advances, plus there’s a huge economic multiplier to dollars spent on space exploration.  Why isn’t Obama or Romney jumping on this bandwagon?  It’s good for the economy, it’s good for future generations of Americans, it’s great for American Exceptionalism.  It’s a win-win for everybody.