Re: at peak NASA spending, the american public spent more on pizza
OK, now compare peak NASA spending to peak private enterprise spending on spacey stuff. Or man-rated spacey stuff if you prefer. Make sure there's no double counting.
Actually, I don't know what the answer is (although I could hazard a guess). And by all means slag off Govts for being crap, but let's at least keep our comparisons fair. NASA vs pizza or NASA vs Military isn't (as far as I can tell) at the core of the argument here - it's public "space" vs private enterprise "space"