This official said Bush’s closest aides are promoting big initiatives on the theory that they contribute to Bush’s image as a decisive leader even if people disagree with some of the specifics. “Iraq was big. AIDS is big,” the official said. “Big works. Big grabs attention.” — from a recent Washington Post article on Bush’s rumored ambitions for a new Moon mission
As if remaking the Middle East, expanding Medicare, and making sure no child is left behind is not enough to keep the Bush administration busy, it’s now looking for even more ways to perpetuate the myth that only the government can take on ambitious projects. This, to put it mildly, is disappointing, especially coming from such a conservative president.
For a breath of fresh air, take a look at this article by science fiction writer David Brin. In it he describes an innovative way to harness philanthropy to accomplish great things. His proposal for an “Eye of the Needle” foundation is one of those creatively simple ideas that makes reading SF so enjoyable and one that libertarians could truly get behind (if you want to get right to the EON idea, skip to page 2 of the article).