The Pink Flamingo has another I TOLD YOU SO. Lindsey Graham is right, the Cato Institute, Tea Party “Patriots” and the far right have blown it this time!
LINDSEY TOLD YOU SO!
The Pink Flamingo has no use for libertarians, the Cato Institute, or their lies. For months they have been at war against Lindsey because he wanted to introduce RATIONAL cap/trade legislation and regulate the EPA through the Senate. The whole point was to thwart Obama and to create something that will NOT destroy American jobs, business, or leadership.
Oh, noooo. The far right hysterical followers of the tea party idiots who are led by the libertarians straight out of the Cato Institute did their best to destroy Lindsey. They refused to listen to what Lindsey was trying to tell them. If something was not done, Obama would act through executive order.
But no, Lindsey was damned as pure evil. Libertarians did their best to destroy him. The far right water carriers who no longer have an original thought We all know it is because he’s the only person who is not afraid to take on Ron Paul and his Bots.
Evidently the Cato Institute doesn’t like NASA. That figures. I don’t want to use the word “Stupid” but there are times when Losertarians truly make problems for everyone.
As usual, with libertarians, they aren’t telling the truth. Space X is still unproven. You gotta blow up a lota rockets before getting one off the ground. I wouldn’t want to put astronauts into an unproven and possibly dangerous vehicle. Then again, what does Cato care? The more I am exposed to libertarians the more I think THEY are the ones who advocate massive business and wish to make peasants out of the rest of us. With their damn the regulations attitude, and the only good rule is a broken rule, I wouldn’t want to live in one of their little worlds.
Sorry, but I truly detest these people.
There is no truth in them. They make Space X sound good and great, and I do pray that it is, but some idiot who write the Cato piece obviously doesn’t give a damn about this country and our leadership in space. Let’s face it, there is no difference in a libertarian or a Democrat. Neither one has our best interests at heart. It’s all pure selfish self-serving do do.
“...But until recently, Maser said, NASA has rejected his proposals of new efficiencies that would lower Pratt Whitney’s costs to the agency. Part of the reason, Maser and others said, is many agency officials know no other way, and part is because officials worry that change could introduce more risk into the already dangerous business of spaceflight.
But there are signs that NASA realizes that it must do things differently.
Perhaps the greatest test case is the Orion spacecraft. Unlike Dragon, which cost SpaceX a few hundred million dollars to design, build and fly, Orion has so far cost $4.8 billion and is not likely to fly for at least another three years — and an additional $1.2 billion.
Orion’s prime contractor, Lockheed Martin Corp., has long complained that unnecessary levels of NASA oversight drive up costs and has pleaded with the agency to cut down on required paperwork.
Now, according to Mark Geyer, NASA’s Orion program manager, the agency is relenting, scaling back layers of supervision and looking at other ways to cut costs.
And, rather than looking to build a fully-loaded capsule — capable for flying to the moon — NASA will build it in stages to match the budget. Under the latest plan, NASA and Lockheed would produce an unmanned test vehicle by 2013, and then a simple capsule that could orbit astronauts in 2017. By 2018, Orion would be ready to go to the International Space Station and, hopefully by 2020, would be capable of going to points beyond the moon for extended stays.
“That’s one way of still learning a lot, getting capability and getting in capability and functionality as the budget allows,” Geyer said.
But, Geyer said, the real change has been cutting down on supervision of Lockheed “to really focus on the higher-risk items and not all the stuff Lockheed knows how to do.”
“Lockheed had a lot of skill in building flight hardware. NASA doesn’t have to watch that a lot,” he said.
Geyer said scaling back on layers of supervision has allowed NASA to cut Orion’s overhead budget by 70 percent and allowed Lockheed to cut some of its costs by as much as 47 percent. The money saved, Geyer said, has been invested back into making electronics for Orion.
The question is whether that’s enough to enable NASA to compete with Dragon and other commercial companies out on the horizon.
But before Dragon can be rated to fly humans, it must be equipped with a fully tested — and costly — launch escape system to blast capsule and crew away from the rocket in a launch emergency. Orion has such a system, but Geyer admits there is still much costly work to be done, including adding environmental controls for crew and other key systems….”
From NASA Watch:
The other day The Pink Flamingo’s mother was saying something about John Stossel and one of his reports. I told her not to trust him. He’s a crazy libertarian.
“…When people can get the same return with less effort, most people make less effort. Plymouth settlers faked illness rather than working the common property. Some even stole, despite their Puritan convictions. Total production was too meager to support the population, and famine resulted. This went on for two years.
“So as it well appeared that famine must still ensue the next year also, if not some way prevented,” wrote Gov. William Bradford in his diary. The colonists, he said, “began to think how they might raise as much corn as they could, and obtain a better crop than they had done, that they might not still thus languish in misery. At length after much debate of things, [I] [with the advice of the chiefest among them] gave way that they should set corn every man for his own particular, and in that regard trust to themselves. And so assigned to every family a parcel of land.”
In other words, the people of Plymouth moved from socialism to private farming. The results were dramatic.
“This had very good success,” Bradford wrote, “for it made all hands very industrious, so as much more corn was planted than otherwise would have been. By this time harvest was come, and instead of famine, now God gave them plenty, and the face of things was changed, to the rejoicing of the hearts of many.”
Because of the change, the first Thanksgiving could be held in November 1623.
What Plymouth suffered under communalism was what economists today call the tragedy of the commons. The problem has been known since ancient Greece. As Aristotle noted, “That which is common to the greatest number has the least care bestowed upon it.”…”