Commentary: In 40 years, no giant leap past the "If we can..." cliche

Kansas City StarJuly 20, 2009 

If we can land a man on the moon …

“… then we can find a job for every able-bodied person in the community.”

“… then we can build … a safer nuclear power plant.”

“… then certainly we can figure out a way to vote online.”

And on it goes, as it has been going since we first did land men on the moon 40 years ago today.

Ever since Neil Armstrong took that giant leap for mankind, we’ve been posing this question: If we can land people on the moon, then how hard can it be to achieve just about anything?

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