A 2010 Rasmussen poll showed that more Americans think private enterprise should pay for space exploration than think government should fund it.
This is a not very bright editorial without any sense of history. If Christopher Columbus couldn't get Isabella of Spain to fund his exploration for another route to China, America, as we know it, would not exist.
This, to put it frankly, is the kind of stupidity that could lead to America's demise. I use the word "stupidity" with a deliberateness that I hope conveys my extreme contempt.
There's nothing wrong with private enterprise funding a good portion of space exploration, but there is at least some place of government funding, provided that it is done intelligently. That's a big "if", however. The real problem lies in how money gets spent, not whether it gets spent at all. They can spend 10 times as much on the space program, and still be a bunch of screw ups. On the other hand, if there was some real intelligence in Washington, which I doubt, they could do amazing things with half of what they get.
Space is not a bridge to nowhere. It is a bridge to everywhere! What a moron.