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  •  Would he have opposed the Space Race? (3+ / 0-)
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    One of the reasons that we went into space was the spectacle of having Sputnik spinning overhead, with the implication that the Soviet Union or any other nation might own space before we could even get up there.

    Eisenhower sure saw the value of putting national resources and skillsets to work on meeting the competition.  Kennedy saw that as well, as a member of the younger generation of the time that saw a new frontier opening up.  He even called his Administration that.

    No one would have been taken seriously back then opposing the investment and the commitment of manpower that went into the effort to get to the moon.  

    Competition with the Soviets may not be the point anymore, but what about other nations and their interest in space?  Are we supposed to think a second rate status with respect to leading edge science and technology is acceptable?  

    These Tea Party types sure are wimps.

    hope that the idiots who have no constructive and creative solutions but only look to tear down will not win the day.

    by Stuart Heady on Mon May 06, 2013 at 07:37:09 PM PDT

    •  Among the Tea Party types here, (1+ / 0-)
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      I'm certain science is not their forte.  And yes, there are people under 50 who believe the moon landing was a government sponsored farce.  

      The truth always matters.

      by texasmom on Mon May 06, 2013 at 07:53:44 PM PDT

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      •  A lot of people were there for the take offs (1+ / 0-)
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        The Saturn V rockets went up.  the earth throbbed for tens of miles around and this was not some Hollywood special effect.  

        The dividends from space exploration are real.  Just check out what you can do with graphic software like PhotoShop.  It was derived from digital methods for rendering images that came out of interplanetary exploration.  

        Of course there are people who are not literate enough to spell correctly.  Those tend to think the use of language to address different demographic groups, as in most marketing, is magic.

        hope that the idiots who have no constructive and creative solutions but only look to tear down will not win the day.

        by Stuart Heady on Tue May 07, 2013 at 02:33:49 PM PDT

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