So: The One has proclaimed that we need a Moon-shot-style program to cure cancer.
Ya know, in 1961, rocket science was sufficiently advanced that there was a pretty darn clear path to putting a man on the Moon. Actually doing it was an expensive matter of advanced engineering and very sophisticated experimental plumbing, but it didn't require discovering any new scientific principles.
Discovering the cure for cancer - as if there were such a thing, or cancer were a single disease - is not a simple matter of throwing money at the problem.
Yes, research takes money. And it takes some reasonable sort of oversight; putting a noted imbecile in charge does not seem like good strategy.
But, consider: if someone did find the cure for cancer, he'd end up mega-rich, no? So you'd expect promising lines of research to attract loads of private capital? Like, say, all those biotech startups that come and go, promising dramatic new cancer treatments and then, when the clinical trials don't go so well, turning into pumpkins?
Funny how that works: when there's a real problem, there ought to be big bucks in finding even a partial solution... and sure enough, we find investors already chasing solutions in a decentralized fashion. Do we really want to sweep it all into a big government program managed by the village idiot? Handing out the money to those with the best influence, regardless of the merit of their work?