In my opinion... spending billions so 10 bureaucrats a year can put "astronaught" on their resumes is not what I would call "good news". The manned space program needed to die and the ISS needs to be decommissioned. It's a money pit with zero actual returns. And it will be the first thing the aliens or terrorists destroy on their way to claiming earth.--generic
If that's all they do with it sure, but LEO isn't the stated end goal for Space X.
Hobbies and satisfying curiosity should be paid for with private money, voluntarily.--generic
If the gov is gonna put so many regulatory hurdles on private space flight, then unfortunately people will seek funding for such.And I don't view asteroid mining or moving off a single rock as a hobby. Ideally to me, you take the regulations off manned spaceflight and let people know that for quite some time it's gonna be like the early days of aircraft.