Wednesday, March 24, 2010

More Spin on FY 2011 NASA Budget Proposal

The print version of Florida Today reports that a rally has been announced for April 11 at Cocoa Expo Stadium to protest the Obama administration's proposed FY 2011 NASA budget.

Space Coast churches, unions and businesses will participate in the 3 p.m. rally. Lt. Gov. Jeff Kottkamp, U.S. Rep. Bill Posey, R-Rockledge, and former shuttle astronauts are expected to attend ...

Still no mention that any of them is doing one darn thing to diversify the local economy so Space Coast isn't addicted to government space funding.

Posey and Rep. Suzanne Kosmas (D-New Smyrna Beach) will participate in the latest Space Forum hosted by Florida Today and Brevard Community College. It's at 2:30 PM on April 9 at the Simpkins Fine Arts Center. Both have vocally called for continuation of the status quo as well.

NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden on Tuesday faced the House Appropriations subcommittee on science. Click here to read the Florida Today article.

The Wall Street Journal reported yesterday that the Obama administration is redrafting the budget proposal to placate Congress, but Bolden told the subcommittee yesterday that's not true.

Blogger Keith Cowing, publisher of, claims "I have learned that after the President holds his summit event at the KSC Headquarters area the President will then have a town hall meeting onsite at NASA KSC where he will hear — and take questions from KSC employees. He will also tour a number of KSC facilities (VAB, OPF etc.) It would seem that the concerns of the KSC workforce have managed to trickle up to OSTP."

I'm generally skeptical of bloggers who claim anonymous insider sources but don't have facts or names to back it up.

1 comment:

  1. I am not saying that they shouldn't act to diversify, but for all practical purposes it is too late. The damage will have been done. Upwards of 9000 jobs will be lost from KSC, plus whatever jobs are lost due to the economic loss that results from the KSC layoffs. The housing market which is already bad will only get worse and that will add to the downward spiral. Some are trying to downplay the problem by reducing the estimates of job losses and the subsequent economic impact. To me that is like sticking one's head in the sand and believing that the lion out there won't see you and bite you in the butt. In the mean time the state is doing its best to screw up the education system which we will need if we are ever going to pull ourselves out of this pit.