Newt Gingrich Moon Base
January 27, 2012 by staff
Newt Gingrich Moon Base, I’m never been sure about Newt Gingrich. On the one hand he doesn’t recognise that Palestinians exist – a remarkably stupid and tactless thing for a potential world leader to say, as my colleague Michael Weiss pointed out- and his record on law and order is a bit OTT.
Executing marijuana smugglers? He’s giving us Right-wing nuts a bad name. Plus he’s almost certain to lose to Obama, who I wouldn’t say is the worst US president ever, but is certainly in the bottom one.
On the other hand Chuck Norris has given his endorsement to Gingrich, and now he’s come out with a genuinely inspiring idea. As The Telegraph reported:
“We want Americans to think boldly about the future,” Mr Gingrich said during a campaign rally in Florida, where he outlined a space policy initiative that would cut Nasa’s bureaucracy and expand on private-sector space programs championed by President Barack Obama.
“By the end of my second term, we will have the first permanent base on the moon and it will be American,” Mr Gingrich said.
“We will have commercial near-Earth activities that include science, tourism and manufacturing, because it is in our interest to acquire so much experience in space that we clearly have a capacity that the Chinese and the Russians will never come anywhere close to matching,” he said.
Space travel might be the last thing on anyone’s mind right now, what with the US being on course to spend more paying off the Chinese than on their own military; and of course there is some politicking going on here. Lots of jobs in Florida, where Newt made the speech, depend on America’s faltering space programme.
But “Newt Skywalker” is a genuine space-head, and indeed has a bit of a track record with eccentric space ideas; he once apparently suggested building “a mirror system in space [that] could provide the light equivalent of many full moons so that there would be no need for night-time lighting of the highways”. That’s what I call thinking outside of the box.
Newt’s latest suggestion is to build a colony of 10,000 people on the moon and potentially admit it as the 51st American state. And he wants to reduce the number of marijuana smokers? I would imagine they must be his key audience. (How about we call the new colony Luna, and send criminals and political deviants there and get a self-aware computer to run the thing? What could possibly go wrong?)
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