Great summary of just how much trouble we're in in this essay from the weirdly named blog "Zombies Uncensored" - but the argument's not weird at all. Here's a tempting tidbit:
"The budget crisis will continue to grow as long as we are unwilling to forgot the guilty pleasures of government spending. NASA is just one in a long list of guilty pleasures Americans have indulged in.
"The lover of money is facing stiff competition from the love of force to do good, as the root of all evil. The love of force to do good easily seduces the purest of hearts, who are unwilling to delay gratification of good goals."
The Guilty Pleasures of Government Spending, and this from a guy who loves NASA!