Matthew Yglesias remarks,
Maybe you need to be a baby boomer or something to feel the space vibe, but I can’t for the life of me figure out why you would think a federally financed trip to the moon was a better use of money than, say, providing health care and education to children, getting better equipment for our soldiers, better pay for our reservists, or reducing the debt burden on future generations.
I can’t disagree. I find the 1960s moon program quite interesting and a remarkable adventure. But doing it again seems silly. If we’re going to spend money in space, we should either do something useful or at least go somewhere new.