STS Retirement, the Space Coast, Democrats, Jobs, and Elections

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By now the average person many people are well aware that the shuttle program is due to be phased out.  The whole program is going well beyond it’s planned termination simply because we currently have no alternative.  If things continue on their current course, the United States will no longer be a space-faring nation.  We will soon lose the ability to put a human into orbit and will be dependent on the Russians – unless we get the new launch system going.

Photo from Spaceflight Now - Storm Clouds for Florida's Economy?
Photo from Spaceflight Now - Storm Clouds for Florida's Economy?

Fat chance there.  One of the worst aspects of having Democrats control everything is the fact that the way they cut spending is by cutting one of the few programs that actually generates money for the entire economy. Maybe we should just face the fact that Democrats don’t give a damn about our future.

The Area Around KSC Is Known for Lightening Strikes
The Area Around KSC Is Known for Lightening Strikes

All they really care about is pandering to the lowest of their base, to be re-elected to stay in power.  One of the few Democrats who can be trusted to vote to support NASA is Bill Nelson.

Space Politics has more about an amendment Democrat Suzanne Kosmas introduced in the House designed to assist small business along the space coast who will be suffering when the shuttle program retires.

H. R. 2965 Section 206 (2):

(2) SPACE SHUTTLE PROGRAM– Each agency required to establish a commercialization program under paragraph (1) and that carries out construction, assembly, or research and development activities with respect to the space shuttle program (also known as the space transportation system) shall include, as part of such commercialization program, activities to assist small business concerns affected by the termination of the space shuttle program to commercialize technologies through SBIR. Activities to assist such small business concerns may include activities described in paragraph (1) and other activities to assist small business concerns making the transition from work relating to the space shuttle program to work in related or unrelated industries.

From Space Politics:

“…How Kosmas deals with the shuttle retirement and its economic fallout on the Space Coast will be a major factor in her political future. Already one Republican challenger has filed to run against Kosmas in 2010, citing the potential loss of thousands of jobs in the region as one factor. “I’m concerned about where we are in Washington,” Dorothy Hukill said this week. “We stand to lose thousands of jobs with the loss of the space program. These are policies that are not supported by the residents of district 24.”…”

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