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BUSH retired our Space Shuttle Program - OBAMA is building the FUTURE!

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John Eyster
Friday, July 22, 2011

BUSH retired our Space Shuttle Program - OBAMA is building the FUTURE!

As the USA’s Shuttle Program was completed yesterday, I believe it is VERY important that WE THE PEOPLE are aware of the REAL HISTORY of this end of the SHUTTLE program. US President George W. Bush announced the RETIREMENT of the SHUTTLE when he spoke at NASA Headquarters on January 14, 2004 as he projected his “New Vision for Space Exploration Program.” You can use this link to read the full text or even watch the video or listen to the audio.

Since that announcement there have been numerous tweaks of the NASA assignments, including President Obama’s extension of the SHUTTLE for a year and the shift of space vehicle development to the PRIVATE SECTOR. We KNOW that the vision for space exploration by our USA will continue to evolve and change. I think it should. What do YOU think?

THE BLAME GAME is DYSfunctional! Right now, for example, in the context of the ECONOMIC depression which evolved during the George W. Bush administration, it is the Barack Obama administration which is taking “blame.” Right now, there are a large number of persons losing their jobs with the completion of the SHUTTLE PROGRAM. More Unemployment with a VERY HIGH Unemployment situation. WORRISOME! RISKY!

The current struggle for a COMPROMISE which will protect the HIGH CREDIT RATING of our USA MUST include MAJOR REDUCTIONS in FEDERAL SPENDING. The retirement of the SHUTTLE will contribute MILLIONS to the reduction of FEDERAL SPENDING. Why is that NOT a benefit?

Listening to WCLO’s “Your Talk Show” yesterday morning, I heard host TIM BREMEL lamenting the ending of the SHUTTLE PROGRAM with the shift to the PRIVATE SECTOR. I also heard “Your Talk Show” producer ROSE STRICKER comment that moving to the PRIVATE SECTOR seemed “American.” I agree with Rose. What do YOU think?

IF you want to hear the podcast from yesterday’s show, use this link, “The End of the Space Program.”

For a review of the decisions related to the SHUTTLE PROGRAM, including Bush’s announcement of the RETIREMENT (January 14, 2004) and Obama’s shift to PRIVATE SECTOR development signed into law in October 2010, read the Wikipedia feature article, “Space Shuttle Program.”

Note the following excerpt from that article, “The shuttle program, which was scheduled for mandatory retirement in 2011, saw the final launch with Atlantis launching on July 8, 2011, in accord with the directives President George W. Bush issued on January 14, 2004 in his Vision for Space Exploration.[9] The shuttle's planned successor was to be Project Constellation with its Ares I and Ares V launch vehicles and the Orion Spacecraft; however, in early 2010 the Obama administration asked Congress to instead endorse a scaled-back plan with heavy reliance on the private sector.”

I have the AUDACITY of HOPE for the future of the effective and functional involvement of our USA in the exploration of SPACE! I do believe it is a worthwhile investment of resources with valuable dividends for WE THE PEOPLE of the USA and the WHOLE WIDE WORLD!

IF you need more information and perspective to assess the value of continued space exploration, I urge you to check Kevin Forsyth's list, "Book recommendations: Space Exploration and/or NASA's Headquarters Library list, "The Future of Space Exploration"

What do YOU think?

Here we go…

Mr. E.

Last updated: 10:50 am Wednesday, August 28, 2013

John W. Eyster lives in the Edgerton area. He is an adjunct professor assigned with the online/distance education faculty of Viterbo University, LaCrosse. He continues his personal mission supporting democracy/civics education in Wisconsin K-12 schools through Project Citizen, We the People, Discovering Democracy (Milton HS). John is a community blogger and is not a part of The Gazette staff or management.

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