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