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    Report out says that Obama is considering combining the efforts of NASA and the Military to jump start our space program. This is to counter the rapid rise of China's program. The military is stated to fear China's ability to destroy US satellites.
    One proposal by Obama's team is to scrape the Orion program and utilize the Air Forces rockets to launch space vehicles. NASA administrator Mike Griffin opposes this, putting at odds with the President elects team.
    The Military Space Program far out spends NASA in the budget. The hopes, according to some source in the Obama camp, is that it would hasten our return to the moon, and beyond. It would also close the gap in the time we would be without a manned space vehicle after the retirement of the shuttle in 2010.
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    Something I think I could agree with Obama on. Consolidating two budgets into one will probably make accountability a lot easier.

    I don't see this being bad, as long as it doesn't negatively affect our defense capabilities.
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    By the way, I agree. I think NASA and our Defense go hand in hand. However, my fear would be that space exploration would get tossed aside.
    I am a strong proponent of exploration. We need to know what's out there, it's what makes us great. It jump starts invention and inovation.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ironhorsedriver View Post
    By the way, I agree. I think NASA and our Defense go hand in hand. However, my fear would be that space exploration would get tossed aside.
    I am a strong proponent of exploration. We need to know what's out there, it's what makes us great. It jump starts invention and inovation.
    Absolutely. NASA has been hugely influential in medical devices, for instance.
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    In actual dollars, President Obama’s $4.4 trillion in deficit spending in just three years is 37 percent higher than the previous record of $3.2 trillion (held by President George W. Bush) in deficit spending for an entire presidency. It’s no small feat to demolish an 8-year record in just 3 years.

    Under Obama’s own projections, interest payments on the debt are on course to triple from 2010 (his first budgetary year) to 2018, climbing from $196 billion to $685 billion annually.
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    Obama hasn't even been inaugurated yet, and he's breaking another campaign promise.

    Anyone remember "I will not weaponize space"? Sounds to me like he's taking the first steps toward doing exactly that.
    Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school.

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    Maybe President Bush filled him in on the Klingon threat during their meeting? That would probably have helped to change his mind.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Moon View Post
    Obama hasn't even been inaugurated yet, and he's breaking another campaign promise.

    Anyone remember "I will not weaponize space"? Sounds to me like he's taking the first steps toward doing exactly that.
    I hope he realizes that China, Russia and even India will not make that same promise.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ironhorsedriver View Post
    I hope he realizes that China, Russia and even India will not make that same promise.
    No big. He'll just shower them with love and happy thoughts, and everything will be A-OK!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by djones520 View Post
    Maybe President Bush filled him in on the Klingon threat during their meeting? That would probably have helped to change his mind.

    Well yes the Klingon's are pesky but the BORG!!!! :eek::D

    When I heard that O speech about not weaponizing space I knew
    PE Obama was either clueless or a liar.
    May the FORCE be with you!
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