WASHINGTON, Jan. 15 (UPI) -- Children's Defense Fund President Marian Wright Edelman expressed concern President Bush's space program will divert resources from domestic issues.
Edelman said instead of spending money to colonize the moon and travel to Mars and asteroids, a much smaller amount could be invested in some critical areas that would make a difference right now in the lives of children.
"Eighty-one billion dollars phased in over five years would provide health insurance to all uninsured children in America, and $81 billion phased in over five years would give Head Start to every eligible pre-schooler who needs it," she said.
Edelman said Bush's father proposed similar space goals in 1989 with a price tag of $400 billion. But still, she said, the space initiative is the wrong priority for America even if the cost was pared down.