The debate "Private sector just now launching satellites. without taxes/gov our tech world wouldn't exist today" was started by
April 27, 2018, 9:22 am.
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potentially yeah, but the gov has other expenses like military and social programs. the entire budget of the apollo program was alittle over half of Apple's war chest so it would be a huge cost but they could do it if they wanted to. but they wont because the private sector isnt about mystery risks with unknown returns.
nobody knew the space program would give us GPS, cell phones, lasik, and revolutionize our lives on every level in every industry. but it did. the main difference is not in the size of the budget, but the priority of returns vs results. how much did the Gov make off the space program? in a way $0, in a way $ uncountable.
and they can have a potentially bigger pool for such research.
the private sector has done many amazing things, I am not trying to take that away from it. but many believe the propaganda that government is completely inefficient and worthless when in reality the government has pursued amazing projects that the private sector wouldn't touch, like building a comprehensive highway network, or heading into space.
the amazing innovations made by these government projects were then provided *for free* to the public and private sector for use and further innovation, with no copyright restrictions or demands for compensation, leading to numerous further innovations from the private sector that would never have happened otherwise.
rather then inefficient, the government simply has other priorities, namely not profit, but results.