We traveled to Reinhardt College in Waleska, Georgia, over the weekend to watch our daughter Sarah’s team win the State Finals for JV homeschooling basketball girls. After the game, I stopped in the college library where I read part of a book about various U.S. presidential decisions. I was particularly struck with President Kennedy’s “Sputnik moment” (which President Obama recently referred to in his State of the Union address). After the Russians were able to put a satellite in orbit, Kennedy’s campaign promise was he would ramp up the Space Program. President Eisenhower disagreed, believing the money would be put to much better use in the form of humanitarian aid. During his administration, he nixed giving more money to the Space Program. Some average Joe common sense: We’re going to places (Mars, the moon…) where we can’t breathe the air, there’s no water to speak of, no food… Wouldn’t the billions of dollars be better spent on getting food to the 24,000 people who starve to death every day on this planet? Note: President Obama has said we need to go into space in a “smarter” way. Given the dire needs we have, again on this planet, wouldn’t not going into space be ‘smarter’?