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President Lyndon B. Johnson
President Johnson was famous for his war on poverty program. This program cost taxpayers $1 Trillion, by the end of the program, several decades later. The effort to put a Man on the Moon cost the taxpayers $20 Billion up to the first Moon Landing. President Johnson saw no conflict between space progress and social progress.
In the Congressional Record entitled "For the Benefit of All Mankind-Report of the Committee on Science and Astronautics", December 7, 1970, President Johnson is quoted from a speech given at the Manned Spacecraft Center, in Houston, Texas, in May of 1968.
"WE ARE REACHING FOR THE STARS. WE WILL NOT ABANDON OUR DREAM. FUTURE GENERATIONS LOOKING BACK AT OUR INCREDIBLE DECADE WILL BE UNANIMOUS IN THEIR BELIEF THAT THE TREASURE WE HAVE DEDICATED TO SENDING MAN TO EXPLORE THE STARS WAS THE MOST SIGNIFICANT INVESTMENT EVER MADE BY ANY PEOPLE."