I came across something interesting while reading a thread at another forum, so I decided to bring it up here to see what you guys think.
NASA's budget for the year 2008 is $17.318 billion, making up 0.6% of the United States' federal budget of $2.9 trillion. The average budget for NASA since 1958 is $12.681 billion per year. The budget is fixed every year to coincide with inflation.
Discretionary Spending of the United States Budget ($1.114 trillion)
- $481.4 billion (+12.1%) - United States Department of Defense
- $145.2 billion (+45.8%) - Global War on Terror
- $69.3 billion (+0.3%) - Health and Human Services
- $56.0 billion (+0.0%) - United States Department of Education
- $39.4 billion (+18.7%) - United States Department of Veterans Affairs
- $35.2 billion (+1.4%) - US Department of Housing and Urban Development
- $35.0 billion (+22.0%) - State and Other International Programs
- $34.3 billion (+7.2%) - Department of Homeland Security
- $24.3 billion (+6.6%) - Energy
- $20.2 billion (+4.1%) - Department of Justice
- $20.2 billion (+3.1%) - Department of Agriculture
- $17.3 billion (+6.8%) - National Aeronautics and Space Administration
- $12.1 billion (+13.1%) - Department of Transportation
- $12.1 billion (+6.1%) - Department of Treasury
- $10.6 billion (+2.9%) - United States Department of the Interior
- $10.6 billion (-9.4%) - United States Department of Labor
- $51.8 billion (+9.7%) - Other On-budget Discretionary Spending
- $39.0 billion - Other Off-budget Discretionary Spending
My question is, do you think we are not using enough of the federal budget for NASA or do you think we are using too much? How important do you feel NASA is? How effective do you think they have been in recent years? Compared to the other discretionary spending budgets, do you think NASA should be made a top priority over anything else or should it not be a priority at all?