The July 22 Florida Today updates the NASA budget process for FY 2011.
The article correctly notes the lawmakers are more interested in redirecting pork to their districts than any meaningful long-range plan for America's space program. Particularly shameful is Alabama's Senator Richard Shelby, who said:
The president's budget proposal surrendered our nation's leadership in space to the Russians, Chinese and Indians, and instead chose to set up an entitlement program for the so-called commercial space industry.
Shelby is either a shameless liar or a lunatic.
It was the Bush Administration in January 2004 that opted to go with the Russians for International Space Station access once Shuttle was retired — a decision made that month by Bush. His administration signed several agreements during the remainder of his term buying astronaut time on Soyuz.
The Chinese have launched only three human flights, none with more than two people aboard.
The Indians?! They've never even launched a human.
This is why Citizens Against Government Waste named Shelby the Porker of the Month for June 2010.