Thursday, November 24, 2005

Bush's Space Plan in Danger

Washington Post article includes:

A large deficit in NASA's troubled shuttle program threatens to seriously delay and possibly cripple President Bush's space exploration initiative unless the number of planned flights is cut virtually in half or the White House agrees to add billions of dollars to the human spaceflight budget.

Sources familiar with ongoing negotiations between NASA and the White House say the administration has no intention of spending extra money to deal with a shortfall that some space experts say could exceed $6 billion from 2006 to 2010, when NASA plans to retire the shuttle for good.

Space program deficit?

We have an eight trillion dollar national debt!

Reagan railed about a 1 trillion dollar national debt in his campaign in 1980 (and then he and Bush 41 raised it to over 4 trillion in 12 years mainly through tax cuts and expensive military programs.

If Bush had not decided to play war games in Iraq and had actually fixed the economy, there might have been a chance to push the limits in space.

But we are much more than busted. In fact, the Iraq war fits ominously it with Grover Norquists plans to break the government so they do away with it. Then again Norquist does meet regularly with Karl Rove so I guess it does seem understandable.

But we need to look square in the face at things that we will be doing without since we let our government take us into the unnecessary war.

For one thing they have signaled their clear intention to make the American middle class pay for the invasion and occupation of Iraq for oil, military bases to project our empire from, and poll numbers for George W. Bush's re-election campaign.

If we stay in that land very much longer we can definitely kiss our Social Security funds goodbye too.

But certainly more space exploration needs to be put on the side to see if our nation will recover from this fiasco first.


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