Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Dept. Of 'That Was Fast'

by Tom Bozzo

It seems like only yesterday that I'd suggested that the Bush moon mission was actually a mission to gut the NASA budget. (It actually was yesterday.) Well, behold my powers of foresight!
New York Times: Lawmakers Prepare Plans to Finance Storm Relief: The list [of potential budget cuts suggested by the Republicans] also proposed eliminating the Moon-Mars initiative that NASA announced on Monday, for $44 billion in savings; ending support for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, $4 billion; cutting taxpayer payments for the national political conventions and the presidential election campaign fund, $600 million; and charging federal employees for parking, $1.54 billion. [Emphasis added.]

It's also nice to know that the national elections would become even bigger opportunities to shake down corporations and other moneybags under this initiative. It's not like we could use a clean-government initiative or anything.
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