In the budget coming out on Monday, rumor is NASA is basically going to be stripped down like a cheap whore. We will lose our heavy duty launch vehicle. We will lose the launch vehicle that was to supersede the shuttle program. We will lose any hope of returning to the moon for many, many years. We will lose a generation of science, and a generation of scientific brain trust.
When Barack Obama was running for POTUS, one of the campaign promises he made to the people on the Space Coast is that he would not harm NASA. He promised to re- evaluate and would maintain the launch vehicles in the pipeline. He told his fawning and brainless supporters that he supported a “robust” Constellation-like program.
Barack Obama lied.
If he had told the truth, that he planned to strip NASA the way he is now planning to do, he would have lost thousands upon thousands of votes in Florida, perhaps throwing the state into John McCain’s column.
But Barack Obama lied.
He lied to the point where the current administrator of NASA, in an interview with Space Politics, admitted that it is even possible the entire astronaut program is going to be terminated. Terminated. No bucks, no Buck Rogers.
It will take a yearly budget increase of about $3 billion a year to keep us on target to return to the moon. Instead, Obama and his spend-a-holic Democrats threw the money into a stimulus plan that is a total disaster. If just a small percentage of that money had been invested in NASA, it would have generated very real jobs, instead of the fake ones Obama’s administration reported in the fall.
He is risking our leadership in space, turning it over to China and Russia. Then again, it is becoming more and more apparent that Obama’s administration is the biggest dirty joke the nation has ever seen. It is possible, considering how abjectly incompetently Obama’s Department of Justice handled the Hot Pants Bomber on Christmas Day that he doesn’t even know his people are killing NASA.
Then again, Obama lies.
He said anything anyone wanted to hear in order to get elected. He was interested in winning to the point where he would do anything, including make promises to ensure that thousands of jobs in Florida, Houston, and Huntsville, not to mention NASA installations throughout the country, would be saved.
Fat chance. Obama lied about it.
Polls show that a good 40% of the American people are stupid enough to think we no longer need a space program. Perhaps they need to be reminded of the transfer of technology from NASA to their everyday lives. Spinoffs include laptops, cell phones, pace makers, Velcro, and innumerable computer advances. If it were not for NASA, we would be living back in the Happy Days of Richie Cunningham and the Fonze.
Obama lied and an entire generation of science dies
For those who think we should not be spending the money on a government space program, NASA is one of the things the government does best. It is one of the few agencies and government enterprises that actually generates a revenue stream that dwarfs each dollar spent on it.
But, Obama and his Democrats would rather flush our future down the toilet of entitlements and bailouts to nowhere. He and his pals can bail out AIG, various banks, and stock brokerages to benefit his buddies, but they can’t invest a small portion of that money on a viable space program.
The Obama administration says they want to enable a commercial launch system in which private companies will send men and women into orbit. That is not a bad idea. In fact, it is entirely possible, and most likely probable, that we have reached the point where private enterprise can send people into space much more safely and cheaply than NASA could. The honest truth is our basic garden variety technology and geek out there could tinker a rocket together that would probably be safer and more technologically advanced than the Mercury Redstone.
One of the dirty little secrets about NASA is that they must use, like every other government agency, the lowest bidder. The shuttle program was built that way, and has done fairly well. If Jimmy Carter had not stripped the program of specific technologies and safety constraints, including parachutes for landing, things might be different. Until the ascendancy of Barack Obama, Jimmy Carter was NASA’s worst enemy.
Privatization is the optimal way to go. The problem is, do you really think the Obama administration is going to allow private industry to go ahead and develop technology? We all know, given the administration’s outright hatred of business and love of red tape and irrational regulations, that there is no way Barack Obama will allow a commercial launch industry to develop.
Let’s face it, if Obama lied about protecting NASA during the 2008 election cycle, he’s probably lying about assisting the commercial space industry
If Barack Obama were serious about creating jobs, his floundering administration could sink some money into NASA and let them go full throttle into the future. The problem is, Obama and his Democrats have mortgaged our future with repulsive debt. Ergo, he can cry crocodile tears about having to cut NASA, when that’s what he was planning all along, it is part of his track record.
Obama lied and NASA died.
As the author of this article, I may sound a bit angry and extremely bitter. There is a very good reason for that. Following the disastrous Jimmy Carter years, I became a lobbyist working with non-profit advocacy groups fighting to save NASA. The mindless and draconian cuts Jimmy Carter and William Proxmire made to destroy NASA nearly destroyed our exploration of space. The consensus was that nothing could be worse than Jimmy Carter.