Quote of the day - Al Franken
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From: Peter Langston <psl>
Date: Fri, 14 Jun 96 13:31:07 -0700
Subject: Quote of the day - Al Franken
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Now here are two seemingly unrelated facts.
Fact One: 30% of Medicare expenditures are incurred by people in the last
years of their lives.
Fact Two: NASA spends billions per year on astronaut safety.
Maybe you see where I am going....
Why not shoot the elderly into space? Stay with me. Because I'm not just
thinking about the budget here. I'm talking about science. Just think
how many more manned space operations NASA could undertake if they didn't
have to worry about getting the astronauts back.
Now, I'm not saying we don't try to get them back. We just don't make
such a big deal about it. That way we don't have to use the shuttle every
time, which is very expensive. Put an old Mercury capsule on top of a
Saturn rocket, fire it up, and see what happens. And if the "Houston,
we've got a problem" call comes, Mission Control can simply reply, "Best
of luck. We're rooting for you."
-- Al Franken, in "Rush Limbaugh is a Big Fat Idiot"
© 1996 Peter Langston