Jewish World Review Jan. 13, 2004 / 19 Teves, 5764

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Can we afford a mission to mars? How about vests for our troops first? | George Bush is preparing to tell Americans that he wants to send a man to Mars. But, first, taxpayers are going to need to pick up the tab for an American-built rest stop on the moon. Now, even as somebody who grew up in a family worshipful of the Apollo space program, I must admit, I am baffled by the president's galactic strategy.

We are, after all, a nation saddled with a $500 billion deficit and the largest federal debt in history. You know, the situation's gotten so bad that the Pentagon now can't even afford to keep our troops stocked with bullets and body armor, but more on that later.

For now, the president has a lot of explaining to do before he convinces Americans that we're ready to join him on $1 trillion trip to Mars. Why don't we just send our troops the $200 vests that will save their lives, and bring them back home from their journey overseas safely and in one piece?

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