"A big question is: Should Los Alamos National Laboratory remain open at all and with what mission?"
am not sure if this is a serious question, considering that the scope
of screw ups in the government agencies and facilities LANL is pretty
down there. Overall it is a silly question as LANL is no going
anywhere...ever. That is a fact of life.
But lets try to address the question anyway.
or no. Yes LANL should remain open or if you close it down you would
just have to build something like elsewhere or break it up in parts and
send those elsewhere if you want to have a deterrent. The question is
can opening up a new facility really work? Where are you gong to move it
to? Texas, Utah, sounds good but how does it change anything. It will
be insanely expensive and risky since you will have to move so much
stuff. Who are you going to hire the same old people? New people might
be leery of ever going into such a new faculty after seeing what
happened to the old facility. Can we just shut down LANL and only have
what we currently have at LLNL, Pantex?...nope. What is done at LANL
that cannot be done elsewhere? Right now plenty as I said you could
always build something new or add new capabilities at other facilities
but how is that fundamentally different? One could argue that one will
get more bang for your buck in long run if you break it up since the
overhead rates and profits for sleazy companies are much lower at other
places, but what is to guarantee that if one expands Pantex that some
sleazy corporation will just get hold of it and steal all the money.
LLNL is already privatized and its overhead rates are just as bad so how
does that save any money?
Can LANL be fixed? Well it depends
on if you think something is wrong and a realistic look at LANL would
show it is working and is probably one of the least wasteful
organizations in the government right now. Yes that is a sad argument
but is probably true. I would say getting rid of the for-profit company
would be good step in the right direction as well as getting rid of the
gross receipt taxes.
But being realistic LANL will not be
closed. Do we close down the NSA, CIA, FBI after all the screw ups, do
we close down the Congress after all the messes? No we do not and LANL
is not going to be closed either. Did we close down Rocky Flats? Yes but
than all the people went to work elsewhere in the complez and now LANL
does the same job so essence we did not close down Rocky Flats either.
One can always frame other questions.
Should the United States remain a nation and for what purpose? What is
done in the United States that cannot be done better and cheaper
(2) Should we move Santa Fe to Southern New Mexico so we
would have less problems with snow? Just what done at Santa Fe that
could not be done elsewhere?
(3) Do we really need New Mexico as State?
(4) Why not make Esperanto the official language of Florida and New Mexico. It is easy to learn and less problems that English.
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