Thursday, September 28, 2006

President Bravely Slashes NASA Waste

The President has once again shown that he won't allow Big Government growth in frivolous programs which waste tax dollars in return for nothing which will make us safer from Terrorists:

WASHINGTON — A series of steep cuts in aeronautics research at NASA threaten to undermine the nation's aviation industry and delay a new air traffic system needed to prevent gridlock in the skies, according to members of Congress, industry officials and scientific leaders. Groups of lawmakers from both parties, academics and aerospace leaders say the reductions are hampering NASA's ability to develop new aviation technology.

NASA has lost hundreds of millions of dollars in aviation funding over the past decade and is struggling to pay for repairing the space shuttle and for President Bush's plan to send people to the moon and Mars. Next year, the agency faces a proposed 20% cut in aviation research. That means that, after adjusting for inflation, it could lose nearly two-thirds of that research funding since it peaked in 1994 at the equivalent of nearly $2 billion.

The agency is planning to cut $54 million — or 31% — from its effort to study emerging technologies required for a new national air traffic system. NASA is the primary agency researching the Next Generation Air Traffic System, an ambitious program to replace radars with satellite-based technology. Without increased capacity from the new system, airlines can expect increasing flight delays, according to government estimates.

Current NASA funding falls as much as $200 million to $300 million a year short of what is actually needed, according to the Aerospace Industries Association. Retired Air Force major general William Hoover, who co-chaired a government study on aeronautics research needs, told the House subcommittee on space Tuesday that NASA must boost work on the air traffic system now or face problems in the future.
NASA is a Democrat program. We hate Democrat programs. Do the math. If you don't like it, maybe next time YOU should rig the election machines in your favor. But you won't, cuz you don't have the will to power.