Any credibility Gerard DeGroot has is lost when one considers the length he goes to skew the facts to fit his personal agenda. One only has to look at a Feb 25, 2009 published "commentary" at: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/comment/personal-view/4807506/The-space-race-is-a-pointless-waste-of-money.html#postComment
In it, he concludes with the following statement: "But the final word goes to Eisenhower, who once vetoed Apollo. He reminded Americans that "every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed".
In reality, the actual quote attributed to President Eisenhower is a completely different message: ""Every gun that is fired, every warship launched, every rocket fired, signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. The world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children."
posted by Jim Spellman
February 6, 2010
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