One of Obama’s constant refrains (besides blamestorming) is that we should be nation building here at home. So why are we wasting money elsewhere?
(Washington Post) The mapping technology is part of a collaboration by the space agency and the U.S. Agency for International Development that helps cash-strapped nations deal with the challenges of a changing climate. Over the past three years, the United States has ratcheted up support for foreign countries to cope with global warming, spending nearly $1.4 billion. A small slice of the total, $18 million, has transformed the satellite-based mapping program, called SERVIR, from a modest effort targeting seven countries in Central America to one serving 32 countries worldwide.
Sure, it’s not a lot of money in terms of government outlays, but imagine how many Americans could be fed. How many roads and bridges could be fixed. Instead, we waste it on tracking the weather which has always changed and always will.