I acknowledged your point early on, but I also agree with +Jake Weisz
that it is a fallacy. Things are settling down now so I'm not eager to revisit that; that is, I got the joke more then I was offended by the logical construct.
The forces that shape empires is not always reasoned. Our "atoms for peace" and the space program were thinly veiled politics. Politics in a large country comprised of states is rough, short-sighted, and dense to the outsider. I am convinced that too much money has creped into our system, especially in the last thirty years.
Getting back on a reasoned track will require education. I, and people like me, are working toward promoting space as a key driver of intelligent existence on planet Earth. But, you have to be safe to build a sandcastle. Well, anywho, enough soapbox...check out Blender 3D for science and 3D printers too.