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YOUR TAX DOLLARS AT PLAY: One reason why government space programs are not the way to go: pork, and lots of it. Over half a billion dollars in FY2002.

In fairness, a good chunk of what is labeled as pork technically falls under the education mandate in NASA’s charter. However, it’s easy to see — given whose district gets how much and for what in these education-related earmarks — that a good portion of even that spending is questionable.

And come on, what do fisheries and insect exhibits have to do with space?

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