Comments Yaron Brook, Executive Director, Ayn Rand Institute:

Is President Bush’s proposal to expand the space program a good idea?

A major reason why Americans value the space program is that the sight of human achievement–especially as embodied in the technological prowess of space exploration–inspires them to realize their own dreams here on earth. But by proposing a massive new government program that threatens increased taxes, greater deficits and inflation, Bush is robbing American taxpayers of their ability to realize their earthly ambitions. If Bush wants to encourage achievement, he should concentrate on eliminating the plethora of government regulations, taxes and bureaucracies that are strangling American producers.

If Americans were once again free to keep more of what is rightfully theirs and to invest more in their own ambitions, there is no telling how many would be inspired to achieve their dreams here on earth.

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