If our country continues along its projected trajectory into a debt-laden, despotic backwater, a Burkina Faso with cable (
Matt Taibbi, Rolling Stone Magazine), I think the ISS will be seen as the last great construction project of our country by future historians.
In my home state of California, the eastern span of the Bay Bridge, damaged by the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake, is being replaced. This replacement span was built in China, shipped on a freighter ship, and, like a Lego set, assembled here. If we can't even build a portion of a bridge, how are we going to build a space fleet, let alone a space station? And if we continue to alienate our friends with our idiocy, and our currency does become crap, who will want to enter into a partnership with us?