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The 21st century world is one of great complexity. We are inundated with information nearly constantly through social networks, blogs, radios, advertisements, televisions--the list goes on. Perhaps this flood of information obscures us from the real problems we are facing as a society--or at least makes us numb to them. For example: On April 15, 2013, three people were killed and hundreds injured from bombings that took place during the Boston Marathon--this news made front-page-breaking-news around the world (Levs.) It was indeed a tragedy. That same day, April 15, 2013, more than 42 people were killed and over 250 people were injured in Iraq ahead of political elections (Tawfeeq.) Did the world report this? Yes. Were people talking about this tragedy at work on April 16? Unlikely. The point in this is that there is so much happening in the world that we lose sight of so much because we simply do not have the time to sift through and analyze all of the information provided to us daily. We get caught up in complexities of politics, he-said-she-said arguments, and terribly unimportant information that we neglect what is right in front of us: Hunger, poverty, and disease. The United States government is indeed a complex organization with a complex budget. Anyone can make an argument in regard to where or where not allocations of money should be going within the government--many of these arguments can be quite valid and even sound. However- when 47 million Americans are in poverty, 49 million Americans are hungry, and Americans continue to suffer from disease, why should $17 Billion be spent yearly on a program that does nothing to eradicate the simple suffering that happens daily on America’s soil while it proves to be more concerned with the soil of other planets? Yes, NASA is what I speak of; And while I do commend the achievements of NASA since its…...

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