Let's speak about this one more time because, now that the new Federal budget is coming up, we need to. The government should, must, dedicate a lot more money to NASA. And there's no way around it.
It must support NASA because—unlike the shortsighted imbeciles who think NASA is all about flying rockets and cocky astronauts—the science and engineering being developed at Goddard, JPL, Dryden, Ames, JSC, Langley, Glenn, KSC, Marshall, Stennis, Wallops and the hundreds of associated research centers and universities that operate under its umbrella pushes humanity forward in a dramatic way. And at every possible level, on a daily basis.
Even if you don't notice it or think about it day to day, it's all there, permeating your life, helping you, making things better.
Some of NASA's work is fundamental to our survival as species. Yes, NASA is saving your ass. Or trying to, since it has to juggle an absurdly small budget. Saving your ass with the early detection and tracking of asteroids that can destroy our civilization in a few minutes, and thinking about what to do in case anything threatens us with extinction. What private company is doing that, again?