You thought that Ares facing delays or cancellations was bad? Well, what about a freaking huge honkin' asteroid obliterating Earth because NASA doesn't have enough funding to track every potentially deadly object out there? Yes, exactly my freaking thoughts.
Here's the deal: NASA was supposed to be tracking 90 per cent of all potentially dangerous asteroids by 2020 under the Near Earth Object Program. This was mandated by Congress. Right now, they are on track to detect 90 per cent of asteroids 1km wide this year. However, that leaves a giant amount of other objects that, while not as big, are potentially lethal. And guess what? Congress isn't giving money to NASA to fund the program.
In other words, if tomorrow an asteroid hits New York, I know exactly who is to blame. [CNN]