Thursday, December 04, 2003

Fly Me to the Moon

Oh boy, Lyndon Baines Bush's current massive increases in federal spending just haven't been enough. Costly foreign adventures, tax increases, gi-normous new welfare benefits -- he and those fiscally conservative Republicrats in Congress can't spend our paychecks fast enough. Now Franklin Delano Bush wants to throw gobs more money at his latest noble desire: to put men back on the moon.

Yep, that's right, Boy George is feeling all spacey. What's this all about? Does he fondly remember playing with toy rockets as a lad? Possibly. But then there's this clue in the Fox News story:

Bush's call for a return to space would give Americans something new to hope for - amid a period of permanent anxiety about terrorism.

Ah, so that's it. "Hey, look up in the sky, everybody! Something bright and shiny! Pay no heed to all the wasted blood and treasure in the Middle East and the creation of a garrison state at home! Isn't the moon pretty?"

How much will it cost to invade the moon? Who knows? But it's more proof that government spending under the Bush administration has truly become, er, astronomical.