Gingrich proposed doing this without increasing NASA’s budget. Instead, he’d transform the agency’s culture, rely heavily on private industry and leverage American ingenuity. He said he’d use 10 percent of the NASA budget — which would amount to nearly $2 billion a year — to create prizes, incentives for entrepreneurs to achieve spaceflight milestones.
Newt has in the past suggested that the moon base be made the 51st state (which, uh, would require that it have a population of ~550,000 people....)
As broad as Gingrich’s third world war may be, it’s not the only conflict he envisions. Is there a Communist regime still in existence, however nominal or vestigal its relation to communism? Gingrich wants to intervene there, too. And Russia and China, he’s argued, are also at war with the United States.
Take Cuba, a dictatorship that gave up any plausible threat to the U.S. when the Soviet Empire collapsed. At the Republican debate on Monday, Gingrich said the U.S. should use “appropriate covert operations” in order “aggressively to overthrow the regime.” This is even after Fidel Castro’s health has rendered him a null factor; and 50 years after a certain climactic covert operation with the same mission created one of the U.S.’s worst Cold War donnybrooks.
Last month, Gingrich said that Russia and China’s online economic espionage represents “the equivalent of acts of war.” That didn’t merit a bombing campaign, but Gingrich thinks the U.S. should consider responding in kind: “[L]ook, there are games we’re not going to tolerate being played. And we either need an armed truce or we’re going to engage as aggressively as you are.” (He’s also warned that “the Chinese James Bond” is “trying to hack into an American defense-industrial company.”)
Then there’s North Korea, whose missile threat Gingrich has warned about for decades. In 2009, ahead of a (failed) long-range missile launch, Gingrich demanded that President Obama should take “whatever preemptive actions are necessary” to blow the missile up. It wasn’t even the first time Gingrich issued that call. Three years earlier, in an op-ed, Gingrich argued that the military “should destroy” that very same missile, the Taepodong-2, “on its site before it is launched. Our ability to preempt the launch is nearly certain.” His preferred means to destroy it: lasers.
Newt says you'd only need 13,000 to petition for statehood.
The best examples come from a famous floor statement Gingrich made on March 21, 1986. This was right in the middle of the fight over funding for the Nicaraguan contras; the money had been cut off by Congress in 1985, though Reagan got $100 million for this cause in 1986. Here is Gingrich: “Measured against the scale and momentum of the Soviet empire’s challenge, the Reagan administration has failed, is failing, and without a dramatic change in strategy will continue to fail. . . . President Reagan is clearly failing.” Why? This was due partly to “his administration’s weak policies, which are inadequate and will ultimately fail”; partly to CIA, State, and Defense, which “have no strategies to defeat the empire.” But of course “the burden of this failure frankly must be placed first on President Reagan.”
@GuyEndoreKaiser: Gingrich claims we'll have a moon base by his 2nd term. Do you know how hard it is to craft a sentence where moon base isn't the crazy part?
I see what’s going on here -- this isn’t about making new states. Newt Gingrich did that global warming ad with Nancy Pelosi, realized that the Earth is very sick... and now he wants to leave it for a younger planet!
1) A platform for space telescopes. The Hubble space telescope has gotten us tons of great images and really enhanced our knowledge both with quasars and the creation of stars. The Pillars of creation are more then just a pretty picture, they also show stars being formed from cosmic dust, something that was suspected to occur but now we have pictures of it happening. On the moon you could plant a ton of scopes and maintain them much more easily.
2) Staging ground for deeper trips into space. If you want to go to mars, it would be a good starting point. Guys like Neal DeGrasse Tyson are always going on about the need for manned space exploration. I haven't watched that particular video but he's always going on about it. here he is on Maher's show
"We need to solve our problems on earth."
I feel like this is less of a "Lets go to space" thing, and more of a "This is how the 'free market' fixes things" argument. He's just using space-travel because it's, I dunno...politically attractive?
You know, as Heinlein pointed out in The Moon is a Harsh Mistress, anyone with a moon base has the absolutely commanding position in a war. If you get annoyed with someone, lifting rocks out of the lunar gravity well is cheap, and they turn into insanely devastating weapons when dropped from 250,000 miles up. If big enough, they become the equivalent of nukes...
A now mostly-dead technology - Hydraulic logic Fluid Logic - was created because no one knew if silicon would work in space due to radiation.
What else has 2.77% of the total federal budget right now? Well, under the 2012 proposed Obama budget, that's the entire cost of federal spending on education and job training.
And about 400,000 employees. Hmm. In other words, most of the population of Atlanta.
You can find pretty much every species of poll in Florida right now.
There are traditional polls and automated polls, Internet polls and partisan polls, academic polls and commercial polls.
There are polls where voters checked a box. There are polls that were reported on Fox.
There are polls that called the voter’s house. There are polls where voters clicked a mouse.
Though the numbers were here and there, the outcome was the same everywhere.
Unless there is a major glitch, Mitt Romney will beat Newt Gingrich.
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