Exactly what ARE Government subsidies? The government ONLY acts to redistribute other people's wealth. So, yes, at this time the ONLY way to fund large project in a State organized as our is, is to rely on the biggest Mafia Don in the room. But, make no mistake, this isn't helping YOU much. You're just one of the millions of people being stolen from and most of that money does't result in successful project like this one. Most of it is simply squandered. I've personally seen hundreds of millions squandered with nothing to show for it. Interestingly, the 'experts' doing the most squandering, they don't think of themselves as public 'servants'. They're the 'expert' you are the pleb. You pay for them. This is the natural order. So, you can wave your flag for a higher tax bill all you like, most of it is squandered. And this results in your having a materially less enriched existence. Instead of having Martian Colonies, ones you could travel to, you can instead be happy with a rocket launch making a return landing. But, hey, a small price to pay for superstition. Luckily, we have a lot more oil to burn and planet to kill off, so we can afford to Magic Think for many decades to come.