From something I said in an e-mail exchange with my ex-USAF uncle re: the defunded F-22: "In a perfect world, any defense or NASA expenditure could be justified with the words "Because it's AWESOME! Eh? EH?" If it makes a randomly selected 14-year-old boy drool around his braces, it gets funded. Granted, we'd end up with an arsenal of dinosaur-powered space lasers run by ninjas and the Swedish bikini team, but at least it would have full funding. We ended up here because we stopped encouraging 14-year-old boys to be 14-year-old boys."