Build it and they will come. Develop the Commercial Space Industry, even if the govt. has to subsidize it at first, and people will find a way to use it. The market will develop and grow. The systems will improve, the advances will be astounding and the costs will drop. The growth will be immense and the prosperity of our species will be ensured once we start to utilize space and its resources.
I firmly believe that there will NEVER be a time when the government will do anything cost effectively. That's just not what they do. The commercialization of space will be the only method by which we see space travel costs drop to the point that you or I can go after just saving a reasonable amount of money.
Also, this nonsense of people complaining of no commercial market right now is ridiculous. There is a current market. Right now, it's rich people. That's how it usually is. There is also scientific interest in low cost commercial space. Let's not forget Bigelow, who wants to put his hotels up there. He's one of those customers that spawns even more customers, the people visiting his hotel! Now put several hotels up there and see how that grows the market. Add in orbiting fuel depots which can be commercial, located in LEO, GEO, L-points and around the Moon, and you have a whole new market sector where other private fliers and governments are the customers.
This isn't difficult to wrap your head around, so why the hell does Congress and government space make this so difficult. I'm starting to get the feeling that govt. space doesn't WANT a commercial sector to compete with, because they know they'll lose. They (Congress) needs their pet project in order to garner votes during elections...using NASA as a jobs program more than a science and technology program. The people working in government space want to hold their jobs, which is beyond me, because if they are worth a damn, they can get jobs in the private sector building commercial space ships and systems. I guess they just like their cushy, can't fire me, do a little but get paid a lot jobs.
I'm sick of the gray hairs running things! I'm sick of this stupid argument that commercial space isn't yet viable! If not now, then when?! Never on your watch, grandpa, I guarantee that, because you are stuck in the world of government space running the show. Well, that time is coming to a close and it will be us young whipper snappers that put you in your place, change the paradigm, shift the focus, and make dreams reality.
It's time for us to demand the proper courses of action, or get into office ourselves and make it happen. It's time for US to take the torch, because it won't be handed to us, that's for sure. It's time for us to be the game changers, the ones history will look back on and note as the one damn generation that actually stood up and carried humanity on it's back into the stars! We are the ones who will affect the right change, the ones who will turn sci-fi into sci-fact, and we must do it NOW!
Vote with space in mind. Run for office with space in mind. Ensure every decision you ever make has space in mind, because space exploration and development solves so many issues all at once. We get that, so now it's time for us to make sure everyone else gets it too!