Feel free to ignore Tanky. Basically the only thing he's good at is running away, usually after somebody called out on his BS. His antics are well on display not only on this thread but on others as well. Somehow I believe that it is a national trait of certain nations, along with sheer stupidity and ignorance, all dumped in a melting pot. I think I've clearly demonstrated that point in this thread when I owned his ass.
On another note, while the positive externalities of a space program is very much difficult to measure, it's effect on the supply chain is not. For example, the Shenzhou program cost about US $1.38 billion (which of course, is nothing for a large country) over 13 years yet actually yielded profits. The Chang E program can expected to yield the same. And let's be frank, if the shuttle program isn't a deadweight in terms of fiscal policy and a risk to astronaunts, nobody would be complaining. The difference I believe is that, the Chinese space program is less political (believe it or not) compared to when the US first came up with the shuttle.
But then again, why would you tell Tanky that? It would actually involve knowing a little something about economics and operations management. A tall order if you consider that he can't even tell nominal value from real value
Unless you are like me and take sick pleasure in torturing the borderline mentally challenged, there is no point wasting time with him.
As for Eyec0n, I think he sufficiently showed his level of intelligence when he said Tanky made me look like an idiot. I'm still cracking up over that today.
PS. I'm going on vacation as of tomorrow, so I suppose that Tanky will be running around amok for a while.