Yes, if one poured enough money into Constellation, no doubt it could have been made to “work,” if by that you mean get a few government employees to the moon at a billion dollars a ticket. It never had a prayer of contributing to the opening up of space to the rest of us, any more than Apollo did.
And unfortunately, while the name might be gone, the program zombies on until we can kill off the Senate Launch System and Orion-by-another-name.
…or your enemy. I’m fairly fastidious about this (as I am with apostrophes), and I no doubt annoy many people whose stuff I edit. As the piece points out, the purpose of a hyphen is to disambiguate adjectives, so you can tell for sure what is modifying what. For instance, “a light red fox” could be an underweight red fox, but “light-red fox” indicates that it is a fox (of indeterminate subspecies) that is light red in color. The exception is if the first word is an adverb, such as “lightly colored fox,” in which case the hyphen and connection of the two words is implicit.
Is extreme bank regulation a key to the lousy economy? The fact that there’s a ton of uncertainty about Frank-Dodd doesn’t help, either. And of course, Sarbanes-Oxley has been a disaster for start ups.