For it’s part Wired Magazine, after admitting that asteroid collisions are rare- “Chelyabinsk-like events tend to occur between once every 10 years to once every century”- concludes with a bitter tear: “Unfortunately, U.S. legislators are preoccupied with other issues for the time being. Budgetary squabbles may lead the country to gut a significant portion of national spending as part of the sequester, including NASA funding.”
Not NASA funding!
Even with the whole asteroid problem threatening the fabric of our society, the very meaning of being an American at risk, we have not yet found a member of the US House of Representatives or a United States Senator who will stand up to say: “Fine. My state- or district- will selflessly host a government facility for the next the fifty-to-a-hundred thousand years, designed to track these objects that hit the earth once every 100 years, with all of the consequent public service union jobs, the construction contracts and defense budget authorizations and overruns that I can brag about to the folks back home.”
What has this country come to? Talk about dysfunctional government.
We allow people to protect themselves with guns but won’t do a thing about regulating and controlling the crazed, crack-addled asteroids?
It says so much about our priorities.
Because if the threat of asteroid collision isn’t real, it would mean we just have a government of people who think up things to worry about, spend money on, act goofy over – all to no effect.
And THAT would just be stupid, right?