Don’t you just hate it when someone you dislike does something you like?
President Donald Trump has recently signed a bill which gives NASA a budget of over 19 billion dollars and also adds human Mars exploration to their goals. Rumor has it that this is a scheme to get ratings for “The Apprentice” back up. This time, instead of just being off the show when they’re told “you’re fired,” contestants will be strapped to a rocket and sent to Mars.
The bill approves $19.5 billion in funding for NASA, as well as adds human exploration of Mars to the list of the space agency’s goals. Furthermore, the bill approves the use of the International Space Station until 2024 and authorizes the use of private space companies to help in transporting cargo
The Associated Press reports: “For almost six decades, NASA’s work has inspired millions and millions of Americans to imagine distant worlds and a better future right here on earth,” Trump said. “I’m delighted to sign this bill. It’s been a long time since a bill like this has been signed, reaffirming our commitment to the core mission of NASA: human space exploration, space science and technology.”
Flanked at an Oval Office bill-signing ceremony by astronauts and lawmakers, Trump observed that being an astronaut is a “pretty tough job.” He said he wasn’t sure he’d want it and, among lawmakers he put the question to, Sen. Ted Cruz said he wouldn’t want to be a space traveler, either.
But Cruz, R-Texas, offered up a tantalizing suggestion. “You could send Congress to space,” he said to laughter, including from the president.
Oh, Ted, you adorable suck up, you!
“What a great idea that could be,” Trump said, before turning back to the space exploration measure sponsored by Cruz and Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla.
You gotta wonder how nervous the congressmen’s laughter became after that comment.
Wait… A bipartisan bill actually got passed?!?!?! What kind of topsy-turvy world did I wake up to this morning?! NASA is getting more money, the government is taking space exploration seriously again, Donald Trump is actually doing something I approve of, Donald Trump is still president, Republicans and Democrats living together, mass hysteria!!!
I guess I shouldn’t complain too much, so long as the madness is going in a productive direction like this. So, Mr. President, if by some distant chance you’re actually reading this I would like to say thank you! I think this new law is a great idea.