We never took our focus away from space because our focus was never on space to begin with. NASA's budget in real (inflation-adjusted) dollars has remained more or less steady since the mid-'70s. Its budget was not slashed to make way for welfare spending--that is quite simply a lie. While I do think our space exploration budget should be higher, I don't think the focus should be on manned travel. NASA gets far more scientific bang for the buck with unmanned probes. It's very expensive to protect our fragile sacks of meat when we go rocketing around.