Once upon a time

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    America once sent men to the moon.

    In the future, we’ll be paying the Russians $50 million to hitch a ride to the space station.

    On Friday, America launched its last space shuttle mission, and with it, U.S. space program’s dominance seems to have come to an end.

    For many of us who lived through the birth of the Apollo program, there is a feeling that something important has been lost.

    Putting a man on the moon in the 1960s was the stuff of science fiction. But if man could dream it, we could do it. That was the American way.

    Those days are over now. It sometimes seems we can’t do anything: Can’t end poverty. Improve public education. Or even figure out a way to put people to work. All of that stuff seemed important once.

    Perhaps there are more important things this nation should be doing. In these difficult economic times, the cots of a space program does seem extravagant.

    But I can’t help remembering the days when this nation dreamed big.

    It might not have been Camelot, but even as our eyes were on the stars, people fought for civil rights, equal housing, affordable college tuitions, and dreamed of a day when even a black child could be president of the United States.

    Unbelievable, some would have said.

    Yes, like a man walking on the moon.

    A nation that tries to find a vision on a balance sheet is going blind . . .

    Once upon a time, America reached for the stars - Chicago Sun-Times
     
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    We should be leading the way in space exploration. We should have already sent a team to Mars or beyond. We have the technology to do this. We sent a ship to the moon in five years in the sixties. That ship had less technology than the cars that we drive around today.
     
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    The golden age of America has passed.
    An unfortunate truth.
     
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    The moon missions were a component of the Cold War, part of the strategy to defeat communism.

    Now, if we truly believed we could defeat Al-Qaeda by eliminating poverty, educating our children, and bringing down unemployment, we might stand a chance accomplishing those things.
     
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    Naah I don't think so.

    We are too much centered on the blame game than buckeling down and doing what needs to be done.
    Not my fault!
     
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    It's even more amazing that our federal government has created wars on drugs, poverty, started new depts ie doe, hs, and unlimited stimulus' to eliminate your aforementioned afflictions and all it has brought us is more misery and debt.
     
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    Our country is just like each of us are. When that big old credit card reaches the credit line we have to cut back on something. I probably won't charge a trip to Tahiti this year and mars is out for our country.
     
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    The space program has not ended. There's a huge amount of space exploration going on as we speak and there will continue to be going forward.
     
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    I would teleport people and materials up to the space station but the poor broke USA could not afford my rates.
    And they would just want to use my teleportation device to deliver bombs.
     
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    Ahhhhh, but it doesn't have to be that way. Too many people expecting handouts with no desire to work for a living will drive a country down. Just look at Roman history, we're following it.
     

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