There's a reason we're paying to keep the Soviet space program afloat. Considering your previous posts, I'm surprised you don't already know of that one, very, very excellent reason. We don't need to be compromising all or the rest of the world's security for the sake of letting Russian rocket scientists going hungry.
That's ignoring the technological push such government programs give these industries. The Apollo missions alone - just them - were responsible for accelerating the development of computing technology by over a decade. You would not be typing on that computer, nor talking on that cell phone, nor would there be an Elliquiy to have these roleplays in the first place without the Apollo program.
The money spent figuring out how to purify water faster, better, and cheaper for an extended Lunar or Martian mission does not just vanish. That money gets utilized down here on Earth amidst billions of people who risk dying of thirst over the next half century.
And that's just one project.