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1 Bulworth  Fri, Jul 22, 2011 1:50:14pm
Perry, who appears to be laying the groundwork to enter the 2012 presidential race, did not mention President George W. Bush's role in the end of the space shuttle era. In 2004 at a speech at NASA headquarters, Bush laid out what the White House called his "New Vision For Space Exploration," which called for the retirement of the space shuttle.Back then, Bush called for the space shuttle to be taken out of service in 2010.

That's silly. President Obama has been President since 2000. How do you think we ran up all this debt?


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2 nines09  Fri, Jul 22, 2011 1:59:48pm

Lying? God won't like that, Ricky. Have you too turned away from Him? Tempted by mammon? Felled by largess? Bought and sold as chattel by your masters? Task, tsk. F'in Buffoon.

3 jvic  Fri, Jul 22, 2011 5:22:29pm

1. The only thing Perry left out was a ringing attack on the Obama administration's central planning and crony capitalism. /

2. There are plausible prospects that Shuttle-type missions can be transferred to the private sector (maybe sooner, maybe later), presumably freeing NASA to do longer-term R&D. Republicans from space-heavy states are fighting it all the way.

3. You mean the Magic Texas Jobs Machine runs on pork? I'm shocked, shocked.

4. Yet another reason why this conservative has never registered Republican.

4 Daniel Ballard  Fri, Jul 22, 2011 5:26:57pm

re: #3 jvic

As a side note on the issue of the shuttle-When Bush signed that NASA had a funded manned space flight program that gave the appearance of a real replacement vehicle. Not a space plane but a rock solid rocket to orbit. Congress promptly underfunded that into non existence a bit at a time. Thus ensuring the legacy of the old golden fleece awards (Proxmire). Of course even the shuttle itself was built on a far lessor design due to poor funding.

We can only speculate if he would have signed that bill knowing the design was unworkable to complete at that funding level. Of course in another sense the shuttle was cancelled the very moment the last shuttles was complete and the factory shut down. We should have kept building a shuttle every 5 years or so.


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