It is no secret that Elon Musk has enjoyed kissing up to federal officials in order to gain federal funding for his inefficient, preposterous childhood dreams. Thankfully, however, the billionaire's recent blows to President-elect Trump may bring his taxpayer gravy train to a hard stop.
Starting in 2008, Musk quickly cozied up to President Obama. Throughout President Obama's tenure in office, Musk gave the president tours of SpaceX at Cape Canaveral, Fla., dined with him on several occasions, and personally visited the White House over a dozen times. He even donated the legal maximum to both Obama and Hillary Clinton's presidential election campaigns.
Musk, however, has not spoken as kindly of Trump. "I feel a bit stronger that [Trump] is not the right guy," said Musk in an interview with CNBC on Friday. " He doesn't seem to have the sort of character that reflects well on the United States."
SpaceX Communications Director Dex Torricke-Barton followed his boss's blow by declaring that the company will be fighting the Trump administration tooth and nail.
"Donald Trump, we will tear down your wall. I promise," remarked the cheeky Musk spokesman.
One can only hope that the Trump administration will take these snarky comments from Team Musk to heart.
Mr. Trump's tax plan is projected to cut the budget by over $5 trillion. Once the plan goes into effect, we won't be able to afford spending money on all of these Hail Mary projects. And Musk's SpaceX endeavors are exactly that. The company is as inefficient as they come — even with the $5 billion in government contracts it receives, it can't seem to get its rockets off the ground.
This September, SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket crashed for the second time in less than two years. Over the course of these two failures, Musk managed to destroy over $100 million worth of taxpayer-funded cargo, all while completely trashing the Cape Canaveral launch pad.
The truth is that in the absence of these billions in government funding, SpaceX would already be bankrupt. Despite receiving so much government money, the company has little to no cash on hand. Computer failures, exploding rockets, and engine problems have caused the company to delay each of its missions by an average of two years.
Worse is the fact that Musk is not even responsible enough to own up to his mistakes. When his Falcon 9 rocket recently crashed, the out-of-touch "visionary" immediately put on his tinfoil hat and tried to shoulder the blame on both a UFO attack and a competing rocket launcher shooting the Falcon 9 down out of thin air.
Yes, I'm being serious.
Musk spends the bulk of his days dreaming, destroying, and pointing the finger at others when things don't go his way. And now he wants federal funding to colonize Mars, a venture that even he admitted will likely lead to scores of deaths. Give me a break.
When the Trump administration is looking at areas of the budget to cut, they should start first with Musk's subsidy train. Musk has proven that he does not have the capability, responsibility, or temperament to receive billions of dollars in government support each year. That money rightfully belongs to the American people, and it should be put back into their pockets instead of being thrown down the toilet for yet another year.
Edward Woodson is a lawyer and host of the nationally syndicated Edward Woodson Show. Thinking of submitting an op-ed to the Washington Examiner? Be sure to read our guidelines on submissions.