NASA is a waste of funds. I wrote a whole 6 page report on why NASA today is a completely worthless program.
Back before 1991, during the cold war (1989 if you wanna get technical), NASA played an important role of flexing nuts to the USSR. Today they run idiotic missions collecting moon dust and landing walkers on mars. While this is perfectly fine and dandy, we need to ask ourself if this is helping us, the average Joe everyday. It isn't. This is our tax money at work and I'd like to see our tax money go towards something that will help fix this recession, not continue to dig ourself deeper by funding useless projects that will do absolutely nothing for mankind.
Sure these missions may be important someday when we begin to travel to Mars and set up more bases in our solar system (if ever) but we, as mankind are simply no where near the capabilities of such feats. I say we put NASA on hold until we have the technology to do these kinds of missions. the U.S. Army and Navy are actually the ones thinking of new rocket and jet design, not NASA so before somebody says "Without NASA, we'll never get the technology" there are already many companies that are (and would like to) experimenting on space travel ideas.
NASA is a monopoly and are keeping private business from attempting space travel. They are, in effect, keeping us from "Moving West" just like our ancestors did when they settled territories like Utah, California and Washington. Without NASA private business would be able to make a profit off of such ideas thus we would actually expand towards space much faster and cheaper.
just a nit-pick but my essay. I got a 97% on it :)