40th anniversary of plenty

Monday, 20 July 2009

Forty years ago today Michael Collins got to spend a day in perhaps the strongest, most purely divided mixture of elation and jealousy ever felt by a human.

The entire Apollo project cost almost $150 billion inflation-adjusted dollars…

Return to the Moon

I’m actually with Ronald Bailey there. We shouldn’t really be on the Moon if we can’t make it profitable. That said–

The cost of the recent financial bailouts is estimated at the kindest, most naïve minimum to be $1,000,000,000,000.00 (one trillion dollars) and at the more sober end, $8,000,000,000,000.00+ (over eight trillion dollars).

That’s enough money for 50 moon programs; 650 more persons walking on the moon. Burned. And for what? To totally fuck the economy for the next 15-25 years; or more. The bailouts were the worst possible thing that could be done and you can’t seem to get enough of them.

The Great Depression and its various sub-recessions which would all be called “depressions” by today’s pusillanimous standards lasted 25-years and it all did precisely because the government forced its help on everyone.

You want to flush Fort Knox? At least we got a box of moon rocks, some nice pictures, and bragging rights the last time we spent 2% as much money for no reason an honest bank loan officer would approve. Guess we’ve been out of good reasons to waste money and honest loans officers for pretty much exactly 40 years. Happy anniversary, America. There’s only so long you can stay awake making beds before you’re going to have to lie down.

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