Skip to comments.Mark Steyn: Sorry, Newt. Only the debt ceiling will reach the moon
Posted on 01/29/2012 9:05:14 AM PST by Rummyfan
Had I been asked to deliver the State of the Union address, it would not have delayed your dinner plans:
"The State of our Union is broke, heading for bankrupt, and total collapse shortly thereafter. Thank you and goodnight! You've been a terrific crowd!"
I gather that Americans prefer something a little more upbeat, so one would not begrudge a speechwriter fluffing it up by holding out at least the possibility of some change of fortune, however remote. Instead, President Obama assured us at great length that nothing is going to change, not now, not never. Indeed the Union's state its unprecedented world-record brokeness was not even mentioned.
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I like the idea of a moon base, I think Newt went too grandiose by saying a 13,000 citizen colony, and the 51st state.
In the long run Newt will be correct.
I keep thinking about this like a family around the table. Imagine if dad is laid off, the credit cards are maxed out, the family is almost out of savings and is having a hard time paying the mortgage. The rich uncle is tired of loaning them money. And then dad comes home one day and tells the family he has booked a vacation for Disneyland. That is what a moon base is.
Steyn must have been under pressure to fill space before a deadline because he’s smart enough to realize that Newt is talking about reducing, not increasing, the role of government in the space program, and in using incentives, prizes, etc (which have little if any impact on the debt) to encourage private investment.
All you have to do is look at the 1960s and all the spin-offs ranging from teflon to solar cells to personal computers to realize the leverage this had on the national economy.
Private. Not Public.
Mark Styne is a wet blanket, doom saying, douche bag. I don’t listen to Rush when he fills in anymore.
I like Mark Steyn and think he does an excellent job filling in for Rush. But that doesn’t mean he’s always right.
Styne = Steyn
at least Newt is still talking about Space, Obama killed the STS program for the Chevy Volt..
over his only real challenger who although imperfect and a few missteps has a history of conservatism and a lifetime ACU score just 2 points behind Jesse Helms...and several AHEAD of Rick Santorum
Just two years ago sir you were in an uproar over govt healthcare and now you and the rest of the Chablis and Brie GOP have handpicked a man who was the first ever to do that exact thing in Massachusetts as our man to replace Obama.
Are you effing crazy you jackass?
like they say down here...you talk all fancy and say nothing...nothing anyone can believe
Clever viciousness seems to be running rampant lately.
he is, after all, an “undocumented anchorman” ;-)
I can only take about 20 minutes of him. Clever only gets you so far...
As usual, the only time leftist freaks care about the debt is when Republicans are in the equation.
NASA, illegal immigration, ethanol—there’s no state-by-state or corporate-by-corporate interest that Newt won’t pander to:
And I don’t think our other three candidates are any better.
You mean you can disagree with him and not hate him? What a novel idea. Why, I bet we could apply that principle to other witty, interesting pundits who occasionally depart from the hymnal like, oh, I don't know, Krauthammer and Will.
Nah, what could I be thinking?
I got some choice words for Steyn...
You dear friend who talk so well,
You can go to Hartford, Hereford and Hampshire.
Here it is in a form he will appreciate.
Newt`s moon base.. hopefully that`ll be his obligatory Gaffe of the Week.
What say we tackle issues in America, Newt?? They`re a bit more pressing than moon bases.
Grandiose talk by Gingrich, but the US manned space program is gone and it will never come back. Future manned space exploration is for China and Russia, not the US. And if Romney is elected, he will bury our unmanned program, also.
Amen to that.
A moon base is symbolic of US or A’s can do spirit.
30 years ago if you said personal computers will be a intrical part of life in a large part of world most would have said, “yeah sure” and then likely rolled their eyes.
In contrast Obama’s visions of government controlled socialist america yeilded us the Chevy Volt and about a dozen or so Solyndras, not to mention trillions of dollars of additional debt, with nothing to show for it.
What is Obama’s vision for America nearly four years later. He wants every one, regardless of whether they make an effort, to have a “fair share” of OPM.
Actually, it is, especially now that Obama has killed it off (seemingly). What we took for granted really has given us much in the way of collateral knowledge/technology. Newt's reiterating the dream of it (so why not dream big?) and the practicality of it (useful tech).
There's just something wrong about turning away from innovation. We may be "broke" but American brio has never paused for a balanced book. No big dreamer or achiever can afford to think in such limited terms. Risk is required.
That said, hunkering down to get our house in order is a worthy adventure in its own right. No need for all the sad-sack baloney we see everywhere. I appreciate Newt's story about George Washington and his troops' secret password: Victory or Death! We need to embrace that courageous attitude, it does not befit heirs of the Founders to whine and moan and wring hands (especially since we've had it so good for so long).