The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is expected to test its flying saucer on June 4. The technology is reported to be envisioned for flights to Mars as well as those which are human expeditions. The implications of space travel are profound: our federal government can potentially make it available to all Americans. By doing so, it would make our society beholden to Washington, perhaps in perpetuity.
The president of the United States can promise so much: universal health care without disruption, revisions to a law without Congressional approval, job recovery for millions of displaced workers, retribution for the greedy one percent, bringing Wall Street to heel, the route of Al-Qaeda, an objective investigation of Benghazi, an Internal Revenue Service dedicated to fair play, a sixty nation coalition to fight ISIS, and a National Security Agency committed to privacy. Alas, and as Sonny and Cher said, “The beat goes on.”