it's not a distracting argument. the 10% of the military budget being redirected into more viable directions comes way first than 100% of the nasa budget.
I am saddened to see you say
The military budget is bigger, but the defense of this country is one of the most basic, outlined purposes of our government.
when your military hasn't been put to use to the defense of your country since the second world war. You've started enough wars with it as of late, though, so I guess money well spent?
The degree to which nasa is 'useful' useful is in the future colonization of other planets. As scientists become less and less enthusiastic about those prospects, the field drops into 'gentlemen's club'-type of applicationless star-gazing, like other academic fields.