Jon Stewart has some fun at the expense of Newt Gingrich. And why not? His moon base project is over the rainbow.
The idea of a moon base has been floated before. There is an organization, the L-5 Society, that this, beginning in 1975. It got nowhere, however. Its members do not call for a government-funded moon base. They thougt this can be a commercial venture. The moon has metals of value, they thought. These are not rare earth metals — more like rare moon metals.
If some capitalists want to fund this, more power to them. But after a generation with no moon landings, the government would have to start from scratch.
This project would drain high-value engineering talent out of the private sector. Why not use this talent to serve customers? Why should Americans be on the moon?
This is . . . I cannot resist . . . sheer lunacy.