Let's see, scrapping a perfectly good space program and it's tech jobs to pay for trillions in deficit spending for union jobs and banks. Paying the gangster Russians for payload space to complete the space station while they flex their military muscles against former soviet democracies. How's that hope and change working for ya' all?
"The dinosaurs became extinct because they didn't have a space program. And if we become extinct because we don't have a space program, it'll serve us right!"
Larry Niven, quoted by Arthur Clarke
in interview at space.com, 2001