[FPSPACE] What should NASA be?[Scanned by MAIL]
epgrondine at hotmail.com
Mon Apr 2 10:03:13 EDT 2007
Hi Brian -
> > Well, Tom, the Congress of the United States disagrees with you. As a
> > matter of fact, they passed a law in December, 2005, which declared that
> > NASA is indeed the proper agency to lead the NEO protection effort of
> > the United States.
>And we all know that politicians never, ever make mistakes or go off
>half-cocked or give our important jobs without thinking through the
>consequences of their actions.
Generally, the Representatives and Senators pass legislation which they have
concluded after careful thought is in the public good.
But please feel free to tell the Senators and Congressmen exactly what you
think of their decisions in this matter.
> > Get over it.
>My .02 cents you're being needlessly confrontational with that
>statement; are you always so brusque?
No, I can be a whole lot more "brusque", but then Tom was only tyring to
excuse Griffin's non-compliance with federal law.
The "unfunded mandate" line was first promoted by some space "enthusiasts"
immediately after the Brown Ammendment was passed. In point of fact NASA has
many projects which are not "mandated", but which instead NASA takes upon
itself to satisfy various "constituencies", including these "enthusiasts".
The legislators, on the other hand, have only one "consituency", the
inhabitants of their geographical areas.
Tom's new tactic of a rather wilful ignorance of the Brown ammendment does
not make it disappear. The House committe chair has already expressed their
willingness to work with the Administrator to bring NASA into compliance
with the law as it now stands.
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