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Should NASA have a larger budget and be a much more important part of our government?

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Started: 5/8/2013 Category: Politics
Updated: 5 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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I believe NASA is a vital part of our future, and we need to invest more into space exploration, because we spend so much on sending and spending money that is useless and a bad waste of money. Every dollar NASA gets is used well and benefits us. The space program has advanced us a huge amount, and sending billions to the Middle East has not. Space is our future, and we need to stop pushing NASA farther and farther down in our bad "priorities" that our government is wasting money on today


NASA is a great organization for the government when they can afford it. We are 16 trillion dollars in debt and we do not have any money to give to NASA. I can see your frustration with all the money being poured into the middle east but that is because the terrorists organizations in the middle east are a threat to national security. I would rather deal with terrorism than putting a man on mars. We need to cut down spending as a nation not increase spending. We are at a dire time in our history as a nation and we need to save money. Please present evidence that show that EVERY SINGLE DOLLAR is spent will, and that it benefits us. Until you present evidence that is pure speculation.
Debate Round No. 1


Thank you for accepting. Now, what I said about "every dollar is used well" was figurative, and bad on my part. Not "every dollar" is used perfectly, but most of their money is spent well on development, research, testing, and flying. Boosting the budget of NASA would greatly help our economy. In the 60s, NASA's heyday in accomplishments and in budget, in 1966, NASA accounted for 4.41% of the federal budget, and NASA and their affiliates for Project Apollo employed 411,000+ people in 1965. What you said about preventing terrorism is important, but take a look at the budget pie chart, almost 3/4s of our budget in 2012 was spent on pensions, healthcare, and defence . While these are all important, these should not take up 73% of our budget. We need to be wise with how we spend our money, and NASA is a good investment. It is an honest organisation, they benefit us as a people, with life-saving research in many sectors, jobs, technological developments and advancements. Though we are in serious debt, we are still blowing money, and if we are going to blow money, we might as well spend it on something that will benefit us all.


Firstly you must pro0ve that what the government spends money on now is wasteful, which you haven't. secondly you must prove why we need to give NASA money, which you haven't. Thirdly, we would have to borrow more money to pay for a NASA increase. we can not afford this. I do not believe NASA needs money, we need to cut government expenses not raise them. We need to save the economy not NASA
Debate Round No. 2


1) I want to give all credit to this... demoralizing... website ( for what I am about to paste about bad government spending. Now, this also has an example discrediting by foolish claim in my first argument of how "every dollar NASA gets is used well" :

"#1 The National Science Foundation has given $384,949 to Yale University to do a study on "Sexual Conflict, Social Behavior and the Evolution of Waterfowl Genitalia". Try not to laugh, but much of this research involves examining and measuring the reproductive organs of male ducks.

#2 The IRS spent $60,000 on a film parody of "Star Trek" and a film parody of "Gilligan"s Island". Internal Revenue Service employees were the actors in the two parodies, so as you can imagine the acting was really bad.

#3 The National Institutes of Health has given $1.5 million to Brigham and Women"s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts to study why "three-quarters" of lesbians in the United States are overweight and why most gay males are not.

#4 The National Institutes of Health has also spent $2.7 million to study why lesbians have more "vulnerability to hazardous drinking".

#5 The U.S. government is giving sixteen F-16s and 200 Abrams tanks to the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt even though the new president of Egypt, Mohammed Morsi (a member of the Muslim Brotherhood), constantly makes statements such as the following"

"Dear brothers, we must not forget to nurse our children and grandchildren on hatred towards those Zionists and Jews, and all those who support them"

#6 During 2012, the salaries of Barack Obama"s three climate change advisers combined came to a grand total of more than $370,000.

#7 Overall, 139 different White House staffers were making at least $100,000 during 2012, and there were 20 staffers that made the maximum of $172,200.

#8 Amazingly, U.S. taxpayers spend more than 1.4 billion dollars a year on the Obamas. Meanwhile, British taxpayers only spend about 58 million dollars on the entire royal family.

#9 During 2012, $25,000 of federal money was spent on a promotional tour for the Alabama Watermelon Queen.

#10 The U.S. government spent $505,000 "to promote specialty hair and beauty products for cats and dogs" in 2012.

#11 NASA spends close to a million dollars a year developing a menu of food for a manned mission to Mars even though it is being projected that a manned mission to Mars is still decades away.

#12 During 2012, the federal government spent 15 million dollars to help Russian weapons institutes recruit nuclear scientists.

#13 Over the past 15 years, a total of approximately $5.25 million has been spent on hair care services for the U.S. Senate.

#14 The U.S. government spent 27 million dollars to teach Moroccans how to design and make pottery in 2012.

#15 At a time when we have an epidemic of unemployment in the United States, the U.S. Department of Education is spending $1.3 million to "reduce linguistic, academic, and employment barriers for skilled and low-skilled immigrants and refugees, and to integrate them into the U.S. workforce and professions."

#16 The federal government still sends about 20 million dollars a year to the surviving family members of veterans of World War I, even though World War I ended 94 years ago.

#17 The U.S. government is spending approximately 3.6 million dollars a year to support the lavish lifestyles of former presidents such as George W. Bush and Bill Clinton.

#18 During fiscal 2012, the National Science Foundation gave researchers at Purdue University $350,000. They used part of that money to help fund a study that discovered that if golfers imagine that a hole is bigger it will help them with their putting.

#19 The U.S. government is giving hundreds of millions of dollars to the Palestinian Authority every year.

#20 Federal agencies have purchased a total of approximately 2 billion rounds of ammunition over the past 10 months. It is claimed that all of this ammunition is needed for "training purposes".

#21 During 2012, the National Science Foundation spent $516,000 on the creation of a video game called "Prom Week" which apparently simulates "all the social interactions of the event."

#22 If you can believe it, $10,000 of U.S. taxpayer money was actually used to purchase talking urinal cakes up in Michigan.

#23 When Joe Biden and his staff took a trip to London back in February, the hotel bill cost U.S. taxpayers $459,388.65.

#24 Joe Biden and his staff also stopped in Paris for one night back in February. The hotel bill for that one night came to $585,000.50.

#25 If you can believe it, close to 15,000 retired federal employees are currently collecting federal pensions for life worth at least $100,000 annually. That list includes such names as Newt Gingrich, Bob Dole, Trent Lott, Dick Gephardt and Dick Cheney.

#26 The U.S. Department of Agriculture has spent $300,000 to encourage Americans to eat caviar.

#27 The National Institutes of Health recently gave $666,905 to a group of researchers that is conducting a study on the benefits of watching reruns on television.

#28 The National Science Foundation has given 1.2 million dollars to a team of "scientists" that is spending part of that money on a study that is seeking to determine whether elderly Americans would benefit from playing World of Warcraft or not.

#29 The National Institutes of Health recently gave $548,731 to a team of researchers that concluded that those that drink heavily in their thirties also tend to feel more immature.

#30 The National Science Foundation recently spent $30,000 on a study to determine if "gaydar" actually exists. This is the conclusion that the researchers reached at the end of the study ."

2) Space is our future. Mining a single smallish asteroid could yield up to 10 trillion dollars in all sorts of metals and water. Mars is an exciting possibility for future discoveries, of life, water etc and in the future, to maybe terraform. We as humans are curious, and other than deep in our oceans, there is nothing left to explore on this planet. Space is endless and full of thing we won't even ever know, and we naturally want to explore. NASA leads that. Lastly, NASA has a great impact on our everyday lives. At least 1,600 objects come directly from NASA research and development, things you use almost every day. has a quite good list. NASA also has and is finding valuable research, both in space and on the ground. Heath, technology, production, it goes on and on.

3) If the government didn't invest the money they did on all the stupid things above (and there are A LOT more, just google it) NASA could have a much larger budget. I'm not saying we need to borrow more, we need to redistribute our budget, take 1% off pensions, 1% off defence, 1% off healthcare, and you have ~84.23 billion dollars to invest elsewhere. I agree that most of this saved money should go towards paying off some debt, but NASA would be capable of SO much more if its budget was made 1% of the total budget, from 17.7 billion to ~35.4 billion.

Boosting NASA's budget will help our economy. One way is if NASA has more money, there will be more jobs. Both with NASA and with NASA's many contractors. As many of us know, a job these days is a very valuable thing.

Now, to ask you some questions:
1) What has NASA done to hurt us and our economy?
2) Why should they not be funded?
3) What should we do about our debt and economy? Spend more money like FDR?
4) How is NASA wasting our money? <-- Didn't really use this one but should mention it anyway


you are arguing on the grounds that wasted money could be spent better. I agree completely! but why to we spend that money on space. the 35.4 billion dollars you believe should go to NASA could solve so many issues on earth. why do we explore billions of miles into space, but cant help starving children in Africa that are only one ocean away. we begin to solve world hunger with this money. Why go into space before we fix our problems here. Just because you showed that there was wasted money does not mean it needs to go to NASA. Solve our issues on earth before we go into space
space is endless and full of things we will never know. But the earth we know well and we are aware of the issues and yet they remain. Fix them first. Create a peaceful world before we go into space to find more things or explore or whatever.

Now to answer your questions:
1.Nothing, but what has the post office done to hurt our economy, or all the furloughed workers? The fact is multiple sectors of the government have done nothing to hurt the economy and still are having their budget cut. It is all because of the government running out of money. You might say that NASA is more important than the mail company but i would argue saying that the mail company is very important to todays communication, businesses sending bills, and shipping purchased items. The fact is NASA does not make money but other sectors do and still have their budgets cut. shouldnt we invest in companies making money rather than ones that don't?
2.I believe i have answered this multiple times. The money is not there, and we do not need to borrow more. If we do cut back and create more money in the budget then we need to solve earthly issues.
3. Absolutely not. The new deal did not save America it was World War II that saved America. There is much evidence that FDR's new deal actually hurt the economy more. So no i do not think that is a good plan
4. They are not, see question 1 for more detail
Debate Round No. 3


Spacejoe35 forfeited this round.


I had presented an argument on this debate that my opponent has no comeback to. Vote con
Debate Round No. 4
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Posted by Spacejoe35 5 years ago
I am very sorry that I failed to respond, I did not mean to. Good job. You did a much much better job than I did, and you deserve to win. I am fairly new to DDO and this has been a great learning experience. Thank you! I will vote con because you did much better and you certainly deserve it. Thanks, good job, and congrats on your sure win, Logan!
Posted by Spacejoe35 5 years ago
Dang it! I never got an alert for round four! Sigh...
Posted by TheGamer1998 5 years ago
I agree they should, they need the funds for more space travel and exploration
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