Last week I noted an Iowa newspaper column that attempted to pit NASA against funding for drug enforcement measures. Sunday’s Pittsburgh Tribune-Review featured a letter to the editor in a similar vein:
I don’t understand their decision not to transfer funds from a space program to a program that provides grants to state and local law enforcement agencies (HR 2862)!
Let’s see. Explore Mars and the moon, again, … or be sure our citizens are safe and those who protect them from terrorists and criminals have all the equipment and personnel required to serve that need.
Hmmm. Tough one.
Again, another false choice: one can fund both NASA and law enforcement, if so desired. Will these arguments gain traction over time and threaten NASA funding, or will the agency will become immune to them?