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Old October 8 2009, 02:41 PM   #181
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Re: Obama Space Plan: Return to Moon: "No Go"

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Education is, essentially a state controlled function. So, cutting the Dept. of Ed. budget doesn't necessarily mean a cut to schools.
....ummm, where do the schools in the US get their funding then?
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Old October 8 2009, 02:55 PM   #182
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http://www.federalbudget.com/

Cut the HHS budget in half and give that to NASA.
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Old October 8 2009, 03:34 PM   #183
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Education is, essentially a state controlled function. So, cutting the Dept. of Ed. budget doesn't necessarily mean a cut to schools.
....ummm, where do the schools in the US get their funding then?
School funding does not come from the federal budget. It is provided by the budgets of the individual states.
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Old October 8 2009, 03:36 PM   #184
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Education is, essentially a state controlled function. So, cutting the Dept. of Ed. budget doesn't necessarily mean a cut to schools.
....ummm, where do the schools in the US get their funding then?
School funding does not come from the federal budget. It is provided by the budgets of the individual states.
Ah righto.
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Old October 8 2009, 03:50 PM   #185
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If the Department of Education is so successful, why do test scores in the US continue to rank so low out of industrialized nations.
After watching "The Wire", I can't help but cringe whenever someone brings up test scores as a metric.

The drive to boost test scores can in some cases actually be damaging to the education of the child.
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Old October 8 2009, 05:59 PM   #186
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If the Department of Education is so successful, why do test scores in the US continue to rank so low out of industrialized nations.
After watching "The Wire", I can't help but cringe whenever someone brings up test scores as a metric.

The drive to boost test scores can in some cases actually be damaging to the education of the child.
If you are a parent of a school-age child (like I am) then you know what a farcical piece of garbage the No Child Left Behind Act is, and how it hinders education.
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Old January 1 2010, 10:09 AM   #187
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The latest news on this ongoing saga:

http://nasawatch.com/archives/2009/1...ng-news-o.html

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Obama Backs New Launcher and Bigger NASA Budget

By Marc Boucher on December 17, 2009  8:12 PM  
Obama Backs New Launcher and Bigger NASA Budget, Science Insider

"President Barack Obama will ask Congress next year to fund a 
new heavy-lift launcher to take humans to the Moon, asteroids, 
and the moons of Mars, ScienceInsider has learned. The president
chose the new direction for the U.S. human space flight program
Wednesday at a White House meeting with NASA Administrator 
Charles Bolden, according to official familiar with the discussion. 
NASA would receive an additional $1 billion in 2011 both to get 
the new launcher on track and to bolster the agency's fleet of 
robotic Earth-monitoring spacecraft."


Obama meeting with NASA chief yields few details so far 
Orlando Sentinel

"Among the things Bolden told lawmakers and Congressional 
staff was that the White House was now favoring a $1 billion 
top line increase to NASA's budget in 2011. This would be far 
better than the 5 percent cut that all agencies, including NASA, 
were asked by the White House to prepare, but difficult to secure 
given the deficit-cutting mindset in Congress now."
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Old January 1 2010, 10:29 AM   #188
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Another article:

http://blogs.sciencemag.org/sciencei...siveobama.html

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President Barack Obama will ask Congress next year 
to fund a new heavy-lift launcher to take humans to the 
moon, asteroids, and the moons of Mars, ScienceInsider 
has learned. The president chose the new direction for 
the U.S. human space flight program Wednesday at a 
White House meeting with NASA Administrator Charles 
Bolden, according to officials familiar with the discussion. 
NASA would receive an additional $1 billion in 2011 both 
to get the new launcher on track and to bolster the 
agency’s fleet of robotic Earth-monitoring spacecraft.


 The current NASA plan for human exploration is built 
around the $3.5 billion Constellation program, which 
would provide a way to get humans to the space 
station and beyond. But its initial launcher, Ares 1, 
has faced a string of cost and technical problems, 
and it was excluded from several options for future 
space flight put forth earlier this year by an outside 
panel chaired by retired aerospace executive Norman 
Augustine. Although that panel suggested a $3 billion 
boost to NASA's $18.7-billion-a-year budget in order 
to take a firm next step in human space flight, Obama's 
support for a $1 billion bump next year represents a 
major coup for the agency given the ballooning deficit 
and the continuing recession. And NASA just won a 
$1 billion boost from Congress for 2010 in a bill signed 
by the president.

According to knowledgeable sources, the White House 
is convinced that scarce NASA funds would be better 
spent on a simpler heavy-lift vehicle that could be 
ready to fly as early as 2018. Meanwhile, European 
countries, Japan, and Canada would be asked to work 
on a lunar lander and modules for a moon base, saving 
the U.S. several billion dollars. And commercial companies 
would take over the job of getting supplies to the 
international space station.“The decision is not going 
to make anyone gasp,” said one source in the White 
House, which hopes to ease congressional concerns 
about the impact of the new plan on existing aerospace 
jobs. But the decision, which has not yet been formally 
announced, is sure to spark opposition from Senator 
Richard Shelby (R-AL) and other members who fear 
that any change to the current Constellation rocket 
program will lead to mass layoffs in their states. Indeed, 
Shelby inserted language into the final 2010 spending bill 
for NASA requiring congressional approval before any 
changes are made to Constellation.


 Former U.S. President George W. Bush proposed 
sending humans back to the moon in 2004. Since that 
time, however, interest has grown in other destinations. 
While the U.S. partners focus on lunar exploration, the 
White House is more intrigued by missions to asteroids 
and Phobos and Deimos as a precursor to a human 
landing on the Red Planet in the distant future. That 
option was given particular prominence by Augustine 
panel members when they testified this fall before 
congressional committees. To prepare for human visits, 
NASA may order additional robotic missions to the martian 
moons and asteroids in coming years.

 The new program would jettison Ares 1. To appease 
congressional critics like Shelby, the Administration hopes 
to ensure that research and development work on the 
new rocket would proceed without significant job losses 
at NASA centers like Marshall Space Flight Center in 
Huntsville, Alabama.

 But Shelby appears to be preparing for battle. In a 14 
December letter to NASA’s inspector general, he said that 
several Augustine panel members were registered lobbyists 
who took “direct advantage of their temporary roles on 
the Commission to further their personal business.” He 
asked the inspector general to conduct a thorough 
investigation into the matter.

 Augustine could not be reached for comment. The panel 
did include the president of a company that stands to 
gain from a recompetition of the new launcher, but none 
of the committee members were registered lobbyists, 
according to a report in the Orlando Sentinel. But there 
were numerous staffers from industry backgrounds who 
helped compile the Augustine report released in October. 
Shelby’s press secretary, Jonathan Graffeo, did not 
return calls requesting comment.


 The report has kindled heated debate within Congress, 
the aerospace industry, and the White House regarding 
what direction the president should take. Obama chose 
from several options presented to him by NASA, the Office 
of Management and Budget, and the Office of Science 
and Technology Policy. Those options included keeping 
the budget flat and delaying a new launcher, building 
a heavy-lift launcher with an additional $1 billion for the 
agency, ramping up NASA’s annual budget by $3 billion 
for an aggressive program, or abandoning space flight 
altogether and reducing NASA’s budget. The president’s 
decision to go with the second option is a major departure 
from his 2010 budget plan, which called for a 5% increase 
in 2010—the boost just approved by Congress—but then 
remaining flat through 2014.

 It's not clear when the new policy will be formally 
announced. One White House source said that it 
could come as early as next week, while another 
hinted that it would wait until Obama’s State of the 
Union address in late January. Another possibility is 
that the decision would simply be part of the president's 
2011 budget request to Congress on 1 February. Given 
the White House's preoccupation with health care and 
climate change, however, NASA officials and their industry 
backers see the new policy as welcome proof that Obama 
also cares about space flight.

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Old January 1 2010, 04:45 PM   #189
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Well, if you'll be happy to be unemployed thanks to a crapped up economy so long as someone else gets to go to Mars, that's your prerogative.
You do realize that we still have people living on the streets who are jobless, homeless and whatnot with the government doing likely nothing to help these people back into society for one thing.
And they'll stay on the the street as long as they think goverenment going to hand them a job.

Your statement here is arrogant, presumptive and flat-out WRONG. The tired and cliched allegation that people who cannot find work do not WANT to work just doesn't FLY in today's economy. While I'm certain there are some professional ne'er-do-wells among the ranks of the unemployed there are far MORE people, like yourself, who need to get with the program and respect the fact that TIMES change, situations change, conditions change and the blanket philosophies you contrived to justify your world views X-many years ago are getting frayed. Try paying ATTENTION to current events and evaluate accordingly rather than presuming your conclusions of the past will be permanently applicable into the present and future.

That said, I am among the ranks of the unemployed--or, more accurately, the UNDER-employed as I've been trying to start my own Chiropractic practice since last Spring. It's difficult, however, to start a business of ANY SORT w/o capital to build with and I HAVE been trying since I finished Grad-school in October of '08 to find work, first, in my field, then substantive work and finally ANY WORK at all, WITHOUT SUCCESS. For all the talk of people refusing to take jobs "beneath" them, the far more accurate truth is that Costco doesn't hire people with "Doctor" in front of their name to stack their shelves and McDonalds doesn't want them flipping their burgers. "We want someone who will stay with the job for a while," they keep saying. "We know that person isn't you, but thanks for applying". What's that, you say? "LIE" about my credentials? Tone them down so I don't look so "over-qualified". GREAT idea--EXCEPT for that gap in my resume for the last FIVE YEARS while I was in Chiropractic school. "Where have you been since you left your last job?" "UUUhhhhh . . . . jus' chillin'".

So your premise just doesn't work. I have 25 YEARS of "real-world" work experience, in various capacities--management, supervisory etc--in a variety of fields. I am well educated, with two BA's and I am a Doctor of Chiropractic (which is a graduate-level professional degree). I am clean and well-groomed, articulate and I have enough sense to show up to interviews wearing a tie and clean shoes. But in a year and a half I have been UNABLE to find, not just a well-paying job but ANY job.

And, NO, I'm NOT "expecting" the government to support me or give me a job nor IS the government helping me in ANY way. You see, since I haven't "worked" for pay in the last six and half years now (five years of school and a year and a half of looking for work) I'm not eligible for unemployment benefits of ANY sort. Without the help and support of my family and the very meager money I bring in my from anemic practice (which, again, suffers greatly from a lack of start-up funds and/or credit) I WOULD BE homeless. It is humbling and embarrassing that one of the reasons I choose to go BACK to school in my 40's was so I could help my parents financially in their retirement years, only to emerge and have to ask THEM to pay my mortgage for me each month.

Six days ago I sat with my family for Christmas and I had ONLY my company, thanks and good wishes to offer. I received gifts, yes, but I didn't enjoy it--because I had NO gifts to offer the people I love. Each package handed to me was like a little twist of the knife into my gut because of the BURDEN of I have become to my family, yet, for all the sacrifices they have made for me, they STILL had Christmas gifts for me. They meant well, but it hurt. I could only shrug and say, "you know my situation--maybe next year I can make it up to you"--hoping at the same time that there will BE a "next year" as my parents are entering their mid-70's and too many of my contemporaries are LOSING their mothers and fathers for me to be comfortable. Last Christmas was the SAME way and I only hope that next year, we're all here, healthy and happy and that I'll have MORE to offer than my company and my gratitude for my family bailing me out month after month.

I'm not expecting the government to "hand" me a job and I'm certainly not holding out from working. You are WRONG on so many levels with your interpretation and, seriously, you should sit down and do some real hard thinking about your static world views. The world is a dynamic and changing place and you need to pay ATTENTION to understand what's going on--not simply draw on cliched and worn out attitudes that probably weren't applicable in their prime.
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Yeah, well, as long as you're making a POSITIVE contribution, right?
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Off topic is off topic.

I told ya Ares I was dead.
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Off topic is off topic.

I told ya Ares I was dead.

I assume you're suggesting I was off topic. If so, how? The comment made was in context and connected to the overall discussion. Sorry if it gets a little too "real" for you but then again, hay, not everything is pie-in-the-sky abstract considerations. REAL people are hurting in this economy and some people, blind to the reasons why or who simply don't care, want to rationalize throwing money into the sky based on fundamentally erroneous thinking. You think that wrong-headed thinking should be permitted to go by unchallenged?
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Off topic is off topic.

I told ya Ares I was dead.

I assume you're suggesting I was off topic. If so, how? The comment made was in context and connected to the overall discussion. Sorry if it gets a little too "real" for you but then again, hay, not everything is pie-in-the-sky abstract considerations. REAL people are hurting in this economy and some people, blind to the reasons why or who simply don't care, want to rationalize throwing money into the sky based on fundamentally erroneous thinking. You think that wrong-headed thinking should be permitted to go by unchallenged?
Overall, I agree with you except for going by way of Detroit and pounding out a whole novel. You would love my arguments in the thread about going to Mars and how I'm against it.
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want to rationalize throwing money into the sky
Sigh. The money gets spent here on earth and generates jobs.

And yes, your post was mostly a rant in reply to a troll. Off topic. If you want to complain about not having a job go to misc. or TNZ.
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