“Asteroids,” tweeted astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, “are nature’s way of asking: ‘How’s that space program coming along?’”
Not well enough, judging by what we experienced on Asteroid Friday last week. We know, of course, that an asteroid impact wiped out the dinosaurs, and there’s considerable evidence of other substantial asteroid strikes in prehistoric times. In historical times there have been several, including most recently the 1908 Tunguska strike — also in Russia, but then Russia is an awfully big place — which leveled trees for miles and would have killed millions if it had happened near a major city.
Even the most libertarian among us would likely agree that a government program to avoid a planet wide, massive extinction event is a worthwhile investment, right? Sadly, it isn’t on Obama’s Acorn, Community Organizer, Saul Alinsky, Cloward and Piven agenda.