It's rare for the mainstream media to take note of the space industry's "insider" politics, so it's interesting that CNN commentator Jack Cafferty took the time to write an article about the NASA budget.
Lawmakers from states where NASA and the corporations typically awarded its contracts operate have long pushed for the continuation of space programs, even when they aren't exactly popular. These are states such as Alabama, Maryland, Texas and Utah.
Lawmakers from those states insist their support of projects like this one stems from the overall importance of the U.S. space program, and they say the value goes far beyond job creation in their own states.
But you've got to wonder how much value a trip to the moon can really provide when the growing debt problem is sinking this country to new lows.