Op/Ed: The Bush Space Initiative: Fiscal Nightmare or… Fiscal Nightmare? SpaceDaily

The new space initiative announced by President Bush has the odd distinction of being criticized both for costing too much and costing too little. Many commentators have denounced Plan Bush an insanely grandiose program that will waste $1 trillion dollars of tax money. At the same time, another group of critics says that it is a trivially small program whose funding level is utterly inadequate to achieve its announced goals of manned flights to the Moon and Mars. John Pike goes so far as to call the Bush Plan “a roadmap for the quiet and orderly phase-out of manned space flight.”