Forget everything I wrote in the last post about how to stimulate the economy. I've decided we need to put every dime into the space program. We have got to get cracking on the colonization of space before it's too late. It's insane to stake the fate of humanity on this one planet when we know that it's going to be destroyed at some point.
Any day, an asteroid could slam into the planet. Or the Earth could spew up massive quantities of gas and magma in supervolcanos and drive us to extinction. We might end up like Venus. I don't want to live on Venus, do you? Not unless we fix it.
Eventually, the moon is going to fly away from Earth's orbit, and then the planet will lose its stability unless we come up with some handy dandy planet stabilizer. At some point, the sun is going to burn out, and then how comfortable will Earth be? Not very, if my calculations are correct, and I think they are.
Did you know that Andromeda and the Milky Way are on a collision course? That won't be pretty. Well, it might be pretty, but it's bound to be destructive and not conducive to life.
I don't want our descendants (your descendants anyway since I don't have kids) to say "if only our ancestors had invested in the space program in 2009, we'd be a two planet species and could survive [apocalyptic scenario here], but at least we have some nice bridges."
We can't afford to procrastinate any longer. Everything depends on the space program. Everything.