Gingrich promised that “By the end of my second term, we will have the first permanent base on the moon and it will be American.”
Gingrich, the former House speaker, told an overflowing crowd gathered on Florida’s space coast Wednesday that he wants to develop a robust commercial space industry in line with the airline boom of the 1930s. He also wants to expand exploration of Mars.
Gingrich is so confident in his vision in a lunar base that he said if the colony had 13,000 permanent American residents it should be considered for statehood.Space travel is cool. A permanent Moon base would also be cool. I remember some years ago seeing a U.S. flag with a spiral galaxy replacing the fifty stars, and I liked it! (The U.S. Senate chamber is going to need some serious enlarging to seat two senators from each of one hundred billion stars.) But those are luxury items--things that countries that have a balanced budget can afford. We have an existential budget deficit crisis. I know that Gingrich is trying to stir up votes on the Space Coast of Florida, but a bit of reality, please?