On the Moon
Charles Krauthammer is not a big fan of spending billions to expand health-care coverage to all Americans. But he is, as readers learned Friday, a big fan of spending billions to fund space travel. Some might consider those two opinions in tension. "Oh, please," answers Krauthammer. "Poverty and disease and social ills will always be with us."
That's true. But the degree to which they're with us is directly dependent on where we spend those billions. And the moon isn't going anywhere either. Gil Scott-Heron had a nice little riff on this way back in 1970.
Anyway, a good health-care reform bill should save us some money over time and free up some money for space travel. So it's not all zero sum.
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