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Rob October 17th, 2013 11:50pm

From SpeakerAFly's virtual congress... All NASA property is to be auctioned off to the highest bidder. All functions of NASA are hereby to be privatized.

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MrAngerer
10/17/13 6:47 pm

"...A bill presented by MrAngerer..."

Zod Above Pugetropolis
10/17/13 6:00 pm

Research and exploration is poorly suited to privatization, because the motivation to seek maximum profit is always at odds with the goal of seeking knowledge regardless of potential profit.

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MisterE Conservistan
10/17/13 6:18 pm

So people who work in those fields will suddenly stop caring about obtaining more knowledge about the universe when there is a profit motive? Profit is also based on increasing efficiency which would lead to better ways to get to space. Knowledge is

MisterE Conservistan
10/17/13 6:19 pm

knowledge. Any knowledge that will lead to the advancement of the human race can also be profitable.

eLucidate writing
10/17/13 7:15 pm

It's not that the researchers will stop caring, their funding will disappear.

Zod Above Pugetropolis
10/17/13 8:59 pm

When research indicates two paths for further investigation, one with a strong likelihood of producing profit, and one that looks like it won't, that entire branch of potential knowledge is neglected. Profit is a poor motive for anything.

eLucidate writing
10/17/13 5:16 pm

Very against, NASA has been a huge success and given us many new technologies. Also, we do t want just any old clown with money building rockets, would you feel comfortable if Donald Trump had several large rockets?

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Happy Hong Kong
10/17/13 5:11 pm

I'd love to vote for that bill, but you see I really need a dam built in my district before I could give it my full support. ;-)

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MisterE Conservistan
10/17/13 6:09 pm

And my district needs more cocaine and prostitutes to be delivered to my residence.

Cole12 ...
10/17/13 4:56 pm

Great idea. NASA could certainly be run privately and for profit, just look at the accomplishments of SpaceX in its short existence.

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zman117 Ohio
10/17/13 4:54 pm

Crazy talk

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kermie gaytopia
10/17/13 5:06 pm

This is possibly the only current government function I'd favor privatizing. We don't need to be spending money on space exploration.

zman117 Ohio
10/17/13 5:07 pm

Because I don't want people buying that stuff. Space is not just some pet project.
It is very important for a lot of reasons.
It has helped with technology, jobs, and much more. Wouldn't there also be a national security risk?

zman117 Ohio
10/17/13 5:08 pm

It is not merely just "space exploration".

HayleyS looking up.
10/17/13 5:12 pm

I think I'm with you Zman.

zman117 Ohio
10/17/13 5:19 pm

What is "I think" doing at the beginning of that sentence????

HayleyS looking up.
10/17/13 5:22 pm

Haha I feel like I'm not educated enough on the subject to say for sure what I think. I know I'm biased because my brother is very passionate about this, so I've heard things from him. I'm looking stuff about it now though.

HayleyS looking up.
10/17/13 5:22 pm

What I'm reading now is saying that the private sector isn't suited for long term projects, and NASA is full of long term projects.

kermie gaytopia
10/17/13 5:23 pm

Yes, I know it's given us other stuff. At a very very very expensive price. Not worth it.

zman117 Ohio
10/17/13 5:24 pm

And Hayley proves the Internet does in fact make us smarter!

MisterE Conservistan
10/17/13 6:04 pm

The only difference between the public and private sector is that one of them depends on efficiency to be successful.