Perry ignorantly blames Obama for end of NASA Shuttle program

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Obama actually extended the program by two flights after the Bush Admin decided to shut the program down.

Limiting government for Gov. Rick Perry doesn't mean limiting space exploration. In a statement following the safe return of the space shuttle Atlantis this morning, the governor took his own moon shot at President Obama for cutting Houston jobs and NASA.Citing the 42nd anniversary this week of the first moon walk, Perry went on to say that, "this administration has set a significantly different milestone by shutting down our nation's legacy of leadership in human spaceflight and exploration, leaving American astronauts with no alternative but to hitchhike into space."


Actually, it was the Bush Administration that decided to end shuttle missions, and the Obama Administration extended the life of the shuttle program by adding two additional flights.


But Houston is home to the Johnson Space Center, and is expected to lose 4,000 jobs from the redirection of the space program.
Perry, who frequently criticizes Washington spending, objected to the planned NASA cuts as an example of how the Obama Administration is leading "federal agencies and programs astray, this time forcing NASA away from its original purpose of space exploration, and ignoring its groundbreaking past and enormous future potential."


Presidential press secretary Jay Carney said Thursday that the Obama Administration is still committed to space exploration.
"The President has laid out an ambitious vision for human space flight that will take American astronauts beyond where we've ever been before with the ultimate goal being a human mission to Mars," Carney said.

He said the new strategy, worked out through a bipartisan agreement with Congress, will put more investments into innovation than the current program.


Carney said this strategy, "will ultimately lead to more jobs, as well as more astronauts in space and potentially in the future something really dramatic like fulfillment of the goal of a human mission to Mars."
Oh, yes. This article is from the paper of record in the liberal stronghold of Dallas, TX.

Perry launches on Obama for cutting NASA | Trail Blazers Blog | dallasnews.com
 
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Canceling the shuttle program was the proper thing to do. It was aging technology and becoming increasingly unreliable. The mistake was not having something to replace it.
 
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Canceling the shuttle program was the proper thing to do. It was aging technology and becoming increasingly unreliable. The mistake was not having something to replace it.
plus a decade of running up so much debt we could no longer afford to fund the programs.

FWIW, most Democrats have been against manned space flight since once we accomplished Kennedy's goal of putting a man on the Moon.
 
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Canceling the shuttle program was the proper thing to do. It was aging technology and becoming increasingly unreliable. The mistake was not having something to replace it.
Wait a minute. There's all kinds of private space agencies. This is a government program that's being privatized. Shouldn't privatization advocates be dancing in the streets?
 
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The GOP candidates never fail to amuse us, do they? Looks better and better for Obama everytime one of them opens their mouth. I almost feel sorry for the GOP