As a civil servant, I work for the President, whether I agree with him or not. Come January, it is quite possible that I could be in the untenable position of having to tell Congress to fund NASA with a budget I am disgusted by.
I hope that everyone will play a part in the political process and work hard to show Congress that they CAN change the fate of human spaceflight even if the President doesn’t step up with the funding needed to continue exploring our solar system.
In the campaign and in the budget proposal of 2010, the President talked about ending the so called “War on Science.” While I don’t believe that war actually existed, I do believe cutting NASA would stifle the economy and eliminate careers and technology we haven’t yet imagined. For my children, I think that is unspeakable!
So to the Space Tweep Society, thank you for your efforts and please watch closely as Congress makes progress through the budget. Write your Member of Congress and meet with the Space Legislative Assistant if you come to Washington, DC.
If you have children, have them write Congress how they want their space program to look! Before I was born, Congress decided I and everyone my age and younger could not see astronauts land on the moon. They canceled capabilities our country is now trying to rebuild. (http://history.nasa.gov/SP-4214/ch12-2.html). I hope this Congress does not make that decision for my children too.