Last weekend Washington was host to the Princeton Model Congress, where over 1,000 high school students from around the country come to DC to debate issues and pass “legislation” about them. (Think Model UN but with also a model president, Supreme Court, and press corps, but, in a shocking departure from reality, apparently no model lobbyists.) An article in the Daily Princetonian about the event includes this relevant passage:
The conferences entail more than just debates about contemporary matters, however. [Director of programs Kit] Tollerson recalled an unusual bill that advanced to full sessions this past weekend. The bill shut down NASA on the rationale that “nothing useful has ever come from outer space.”
“The boy was able to put his idea through to his audience by the sheer power of his charisma,” Tollerson said, referring to the student who introduced and backed the bill.
NASA, you’re on notice: you’ve got about 15 or 20 years before this person makes it to the real Congress to demonstrate otherwise.