“Change We Can Believe In” was Barack Obama’s campaign manifesto (https://www.amazon.com/Change-We-Can-Believe-Americas/dp/0307460452). That campaign manifesto seems to have been a catch phrase for preventing change “we” cannot believe in. It always comes back to “I” want to spend that money (even if it is your money) and you are not allowed to spend it on anything else except what “I” want (even if it is lunatic).
Don’t think so? There are now around 8 billion of us, and that number is still growing. To feed, cloth, and house ourselves, we must innovate. Other than allowing our fellow human beings to starve, we don’t have a choice. To get the resources we need, we must consider the alternatives available to us. That includes what is available beyond this little planet.
Now consider this comment and the response of the host.
I don’t get why it is okay for the USA or anyone else to explore The Moon, but not China. But I consider the whole thing to be a waste of time and money, so couldn’t care less either way. They should spend the money improving things on Earth.
Best wishes, Pete.
I agree with you….the truth is there are elements on the Moon that will be good for wealth accumulation. chuqhttps://lobotero.com/2023/01/04/who-owns-the-moon/
The context? lobotero has a post on the Communist Chinese’s effort to dominate the moon (Who Owns The Moon?). beetleypete thinks it would be a waste of money to compete with them. Fortunately, we did compete with the USSR in the first great space race.
Is getting off planet cost effective? Not yet, but it makes more sense to research the possibilities of using lunar resources than it does to FORCE people to use solar panels and windmills just because it gives us warm fuzzies. Wasting that kind of money and raising the cost of electricity out of sight is not an improvement (or a change) that we should believe in.
Off topic? If China can keep us of the moon, they can keep us from launching into space. We already depend upon space-based communications, weather systems, GPS, and so forth. In the future we may be able to collect solar energy in space and beam that energy back to earth. The basic technology already exists. The problem is bringing down the cost.
Most of the things we are now doing in space seemed almost impossible in the 1940’s. That makes “Change We Can Believe In” too narrowminded. What is important is permitting people to pursue their own dreams, not “our” dreams, really the dream of an egomaniacal politician.
Do we want dreamers to use their own money pursuing their dreams. Of course, we do, but that just means we need to stop voting for politicians who want to take all our money away from us and spend it for the children (the ones they don’t abort), the old people (the ones they don’t euthanize), the homeless (the ones they don’t kill with fentanyl), the colored people (the ones they refuse to educate), and so forth.
Consider. Kevin McCarthy is now Speaker of the House of Representatives (Kevin McCarthy delivers first remarks after winning House Speaker: ‘Our nation is worth fighting for’). Let’s congratulate the man and pray he can deliver on his promise to bring spending under control. With the help of the Freedom Caucus and our support, he just might succeed (McCarthy is finally Speaker. But he’s not weak like you think. Now he can deploy the ‘crazy boss’ strategy). That means that instead of “Change We Can Believe In” we can each work for the change we want. That is an America, the Land of the Free, we can believe in.