Excellent commentary on NASA’s manned space activities from Maciej Ceglowski: Rocket to Nowhere. This was recommended as a must-read article by Jason Kottke and he’s quite right. I hope every member of Congress reads this.
Personally, I would like to see the United States reallocate the manned space “exploration” funding to an even split between direct funding for more primary school science & math teachers & classroom materials and an increase to the budget of our highly successful unmanned activities. Maybe in 10 or 20 years it’ll be time to think about sending humans off-planet again, but the decision must be driven by scientific reasons not national propaganda goals.