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On Space Travel

Space travel must become the new goal of the 21st century. Not the kind of travel that happened in the last century, where Americans simply sent missions to the moon and then forgot about space entirely, but a new kind of space travel, one that ordinary people partake in and that private companies help fund. Our generation needs true commercial space flight.

Why? It's because commercial space flight paves the way for sciences and technologies that will lead to interstellar space flight. Humanity right now is limited by distance: while we can travel around the world in a matter of hours, the farthest that people can feasibly reach off of this planet would be to the moon. Commercial space flight opens up the possibilities of tourism, faster travel, and cheaper technologies that would allow people to finally leave the relative confinement of our orbit and travel throughout the solar system. Funding for new technologies will make such space travel cheaper.

It would also help further NAS…

On Hamas

There's no other way to put this: despite the difficulties of the situation in Gaza, there is nothing effective that either the United States or Israel can do that wouldn't alienate even more Palestinians and prolong this conflict.

Yes, Israel can (and will continue) to back President Abbas' Fatah government, but it faces a serious trap. Although Fatah is more receptive and "moderate" by Western standards, it is neither benevolent or efficient. Fatah is viewed by many Palestinians as weak and corrupt, unable to provide necessary services. Hamas, on the other hand, has opened schools, and provided other social necessities in Gaza. Backing Fatah would send the wrong message to the Palestinians and simply provoke the situation currently in the Palestinian territories.

A much better solution would be to find a way to replace the Hamas social services with ones provided by Israel. Yes, this would be difficult to do, as many Palestinians view Israel with suspicion. But w…

Why the Senate’s Immigration Bill is Bad for America

Congress has passed some ridiculous bills in the past. It has put a
$150 million “bridge to nowhere” in Alaska as a higher priority than
relief for New Orleans. It has funded completely unnecessary projects
in the federal bureaucracy and has created laws that cannot be
enforced. The Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2007, a bill
with two lies in its name, is just the most recent in a long line of
bills that highlight how Congress has failed when it has come to
immigration policy. The bill not only manages to solve absolutely none
of the problems caused by the current influx of illegal immigration,
but it also creates new ones and shatters American ideals as well.While the American public has been clamoring for change in the
current immigration system, the Senate bill isn’t what they have been
waiting for. With an estimated 20 million illegal immigrants in this
country, any solution to the problem of illegal immigration must
target the root cause of why people decide to risk their lives to ge…