MarkWhittington writes "Mitt Romney has infamously suggested that the idea of lunar colonies is "zany" and his ridiculed Newt Gingrich's idea of building a lunar base by 2020. However Romney has been endorsed by a group of aerospace heavyweights, including Apollo moonwalker Gene Cernan and former NASA administrator Mike Griffin, many of whom have previously supported the idea of lunar bases." Link to Original Source
The reason that every major university maintains a department of
mathematics is that it's cheaper than institutionalizing all those people.