Newt promises the moon

Give the people what they want, or at least make false promises:

In a speech pandering to Florida’s aerospace community ahead of the state’s primary, GOP contender Newt Gingrich made a bold pledge to establish a permanent U.S. base on the moon “by the end of my second term.” He further promised that if he becomes president, America will get a man to Mars “in a remarkably short time.” A budget-conscious President Obama ended the program for a lunar colony and moon trip after NASA reported it didn’t have the money for any part of the plan, “and even if it were to get a budget infusion, the schedule was unworkable.” Gingrich rebutted the charge that he is “grandiose” by comparing himself to Abraham Lincoln, the Wright Brothers and John F. Kennedy. ThinkProgress has previously reported on Gingrich’s curious space fetish, which has included an idea for a “mirror system in space could provide the light equivalent of many full moons” for nighttime driving.

3 thoughts on “Newt promises the moon

  1. I, for one, am all for this.

    As long as the colony on the moon is populated by every Republican in Congress, every Blue Dog Democrat in Congress, every member of the Chamber of Commerce, every member of a Gingrich Administration, most members of the Obama Administration, about 5 members of the Supreme Court I can think of, plus a generous sprinkling of the Boards of Directors of Goldman Sachs, Citibank, JP Morgan, Chase, Bank of America, the Federal Reserve, etc, etc.


    Sigh. Newt the panderer attempts to whip up the laid-off space workers.

  3. Newtie should move the national capital to Cupertino CA, where he could set up shop in Steve Jobs’ huge flying-saucer-shaped building, should apple be loony enough to actually build it.

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