Newt Gingrich has promised the American people that if he is elected President he will make sure there is an American moon base by the end of his second term. We hear a lot of outlandish promises from politicians like "We will increase revenues by lowering taxes" and "I will fund tax cuts by finding efficiencies that do not reduce services" all the time but rarely does someone who is considered a real contender come out with something so utterly ridiculous. The US is facing a debt and deficit issue that can be safely termed catastrophic and there are monstrous cuts coming to every part of the government and yet good ole Newt wants to find a few trillion to establish a base on the moon just for show. There is nothing there that could possibly be thought to be worth the cost at this point so the only real reason is to show off. Perhaps Newt thinks that America needs to compensate for something?
I remember awhile ago in Ontario elections the issue of the Catholic school board came up and politicians were scrambling to come up with a stance that wouldn't alienate the Catholics. It is terrible that we still have this situation with the province officially supporting religious discrimination and homophobia (among other things) but the politicians are too worried about the Catholic vote to get rid of it. One of the platforms that was put forward was support for separate school boards for all religions. This way the Catholic church won't protest since it will still get to push its particular brand of insanity and we can offer the same for Jews, Lutherans, Buddhists, Taoists, Flying Spaghetti Monsterists, atheists.... Oh wait, that is just as stupid and impractical as a moon base. A real party was literally suggesting that they would have hundreds of school boards to accommodate every religious belief around. Somehow the staggering cost and the issue of supporting random cults and such never came up in their planning sessions?
I have a huge amount of tolerance for politicians who say stupid things under pressure in debates and such. They are trying to appear smooth, suave, intelligent and patriotic while answering very difficult questions in many cases. It is hard to do and sometimes even really clever and competent people make mistakes in such a situation. What I can't fathom is how idiotic policies like moon bases and separate school boards for Wiccans (not to knock their religion in particular, just their numbers, which are clearly not worth a school board) get out of the planning stages. Surely they have somebody listening at their meetings who can figure out that these sorts of crazy projects aren't going to work? It doesn't surprise me that politicians are nuts but it does surprise me that their handlers and assistants don't manage to have enough brains and moxie to convince the politicians that their ideas are going to sink their campaigns.