Who, exactly, is going to be firing missiles at us?
The more I see your posts Federal, the more conservative I realize I really am. Except for the fact that I actually want to help those that are worse off than me, I think I could be a great conservative.
As a med student, I gotta say most medical research is wasteful. Most biology research includes such trite things as pumping various earthworms with chemicals to see what effect they have and hopefully randomly find something with a positive effect. Sure they sometimes help discover a new drug or two, but pharmacetcial companies already invest billions into doing this. And with far more success since they invest in the promising fields instead of how the govt just throws money everywhere.
Physics research is very different. It's often not apparent how money can be made from it. So private investors rarely fund it. It's up to the governmend. And physics research does incredible things, from increasing our communication networks, to creating particle accelerators that help us discover and create particles that are expected to soon help us sustain controlled fusion reactions as a pollution free energy source, to discovering that 76% of the universe is made up of some invisible dark matter and energy that we aren't even aware of. Sure the practical advantage we gain from this maybe far off. But what about our desire to understand the universe. Isn't that important as well?
You can't possibly expect something like star wars to work from the get go. It's beyond our capabilities. Once we try more things, we will get it to work. And in the process, we will come up with some incredible technologies.
Technologies that will improve our speed and manuervability in space, technologies that will increase our tracking capabilities, technologies that will vastly improve our satellites (which power everything from the internet to the fancy navigation system in your honda accord) technologies that will someday let us and our allies including South Korea and Japan ignore North Korea's ICBM capabilities, technologies that will soon be replicated all over the world and nullify the usefulness of nuclear weapons. Despite what hollywood says, hijacking a nuclear sub and crusing undetected and smuggling nuclear weapons by ground into a foreign country aren't as easy as they seem. The world will be safer because of star wars.
Sending a man to mars, yeah that's pretty much pointless as we have already sent a robot much bigger than a man to mars and we stand to gain little from it. And sure there are lots of things that need money. But there are better things to cut than star wars. I know I'm going to piss off a lot of liberals by saying this, but just how useful a purpose does all this art funding serve anyways?
Sigh. joe, you know better than to confront the rightard's with questions like this! Now they are going to be confused and their feelings will be hurt. It isn't a matter of it actually stopping missiles, its about providing welfare fo the poor starving CES's of the aerospace companies.