Bernie Sanders On Space (Unofficially)

Bernie Sanders on Science and technology, Feel The Bern - unofficial Bernie Sanders Fan Site

"Does Bernie support funding for space exploration? Bernie believes space exploration is beneficial and exciting, and is generally supportive of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), but when it comes to a limited federal budget, Bernie's vote is to take care of the needs of struggling Americans on this planet first.

In a Q&A session on the online forum reddit on May 19, 2015, Bernie wrote: "I am supportive of NASA not only because of the excitement of space exploration, but because of all the additional side benefits we receive from research in that area. Sometimes, and frankly I don't remember all of those votes, one is put in a position of having to make very very difficult choices about whether you vote to provide food for hungry kids or health care for people who have none and other programs. But, in general, I do support increasing funding for NASA."

Keith's note: This is not an official Sanders campaign site, so your mileage may vary when it comes to what Sanders' official stance is on space. I doubt that there is much, if any difference, however. Of course what these Sanders fans have posted is simply a variation on the classic "why spend money in outer space when it should be spent on Earth" rationale for not supporting NASA. The millions in property damage (something that can disportionately affect "struggling Americans") that is avoided by better weather forecasting from satellite data seems to be unimportant- as are many well known benefits from space technology. Also, like it or not, 100% of the salaries paid to people by NASA are paid to people living on Earth and all of that money is spent by people on Earth who give that money to other people - on Earth. The color of the money paid to NASA employees or their contractors is precisely the same as is paid to employees (or grantees) of any other government agency or contractor and is of equal value when it comes to buying food or paying rent. Also, its sort of odd that NASA is always singled out as somehow depriving children of food when other government programs vastly greater in size (pick one) are never mentioned. The root of this common mindset is as much NASA's problem by virtue of it not explaining what it does as it is with ignorant citizenry who never bother to learn what what their government does with their tax dollars.

Reminder to commenters: Stick to the topic of space policy in 2016. If you misbehave in the comments section I will delete your comments. If this turns into an other off-topic partisan food fight I will shut comments off completely. Have a nice day.

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