Election 2004: November 2004 Archives

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23 November 2004: Congress Approves President's Request for NASA Budget, Planetary Society

Lori Garver: "The approval of the budget was aided by strong support from The White House, which requested full funding for the new human spaceflight exploration policy."

14 October 2004: WIA Space Policy Debate

Lori Garver: "You say you haven't heard anything from the Kerry-Edwards folks during the campaign - I haven't heard word one from the Bush-Cheny folks about the space program during the campaign either. Its not clear to me that they believe they are on the right side of this issue with the public."

18 July 2004: Kerry Space Advisor Dismisses Bush Space Policy

Lori Garver: "The Bush initiative is simply hot-air and has made it impossible in an election year for Kerry to say much on space."

Post Election Reflections

15 November 2004: The making of a space policy, The Space Review (Jeff Foust/Futron)

'One thing that surprised [Kerry Space Advisor Lori] Garver was the strong negative reaction directly at her. "This was a very challenging thing to do, personally. I was attacked and slammed within my own community," she said. "It is difficult to operate in that kind of environment, since I was very concerned that this would come out negatively within the campaign." She noted that, for example, she was vilified for "flip-flopping" on the Vision for Space Exploration, initially supporting it before arguing against it, but insisted her change in opinion was sincere. "I truly believed, over time, that we would have a better chance of sustaining a NASA program that would evolve civilization into space," she said. "I truly started to believe that Kerry would be a better pro-space president." '

Editor's note: Gee, Lori. Talk about being naive. When you and/or your candidate say something in public - people remember.

7 November 2004: Bush re-election likely to boost NASA, Huntsville Times

"The space policy was introduced not even a year ago and support was lagging from the start. Nobody (in Congress) really embraced it at first," [NASA Watch editor Keith] Cowing said. Now dates will be put with goals, he added. U.S. Rep. Bud Cramer, D-Huntsville, predicted it still will not be an easy ride for Bush's plan because members of both parties question giving a priority to space exploration in times of war and social needs. "There's not been a lot of support for it" on Capitol Hill. "There are members who support part of the plan but not all of it," Cramer said during a meeting at The Times in late October. "Where it will go after the election" depends on budget priorities and the war."

OK, So Now What?

3 November 2004: Victory will jump-start space plans, Florida Today

"President Bush's re-election will jump-start his plan to send astronauts back to the moon, transforming a new vision for space exploration into serious marching orders, analysts said Wednesday. What's more, NASA will have until 2008 to get the new presidential initiative entrenched enough to make it difficult to undo."

Space: Changes in Congress

Editor's note: Ironically, the back side of the quarter honoring Ohio, the state upon which the outcome of this election rested, features both the Wright Flyer and an astronaut on the lunar surface (Neil Armstrong).

So far the space landscape in Congress has only changed a little. Of all the key players, only Rep. Nick Lampson (D-TX) has lost a reelection bid. One change in the House Science Committee should be expected: chairmanship of the Space and Aeronautics Subcommittee. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) got the nod to continue as chair in the current Congress even though term limits would have otherwise moved him out. Rep Ken Calvert (R-CA) has expressed interest in the position.

4 November 2004: U.S. Election Leaves Congressional Aviation Leadership In Flux

"Tuesday's elections will usher in a change in aviation leadership across the board in both the House and Senate, throwing the future of pending legislation into uncertainty."

Editor's note: There are several somewhat odd articles on The Space Review run by Jeff Foust at Futron. One article "Both ends of the spectrum" by Sam Dinkin concludes with the author stating that he does not plan to vote (and thus becoming part of the problem). The other article "November's moral dilemma" by Greg Zsidisin mentions George Bush and Adolph Hitler in the same sentence (it goes downhill from there).

On the other hand, Rand Simberg has an article "A Space Program vs. the Moral Equivalent of a Space Program" online at Tech Central Station which takes a much more reasoned (and responsible) look at space policy and the election.

Editor's note: This week's issue of Space News (as well as last week's) has a lot of good material relevant to space policy and the election. One item of interest is a letter titled "Partisanship Dangerous for the Space Program" written by Planetary Society Executive Director Louis Friedman. The letter ends with one of the silliest leaps of logic I have seen in years: "But if Internet bloggers persist in polarizing the shuttle issue, and in using that issue for personal attacks on the Kerry campaign, then we can look forward to two possibilities: If Kerry wins it will most likely result in a reaction against anything Bush has proposed. If Bush wins it will destroy the chances to build widespread congressional and public support for human space exploration. Either way the space program loses."

Aw c'mon Lou. I assume NASA Watch is among the offending websites you are referring to. Suggesting that what is on NASA Watch or any other website is going to affect how either Kerry or Bush are going to frame and then pursue their space policy is just plain silly and suggests a certain ignorance on your part as to how the world works.

On the same page Kerry space advisor Lori Garver whines about the way Space News handled statements by her and Frank Sietzen. She closes with the following hollow plea: "We in the space community require bipartisan support for our initiatives and programs to be successful. We ask Democrats and Republicans alike to support our issues. We cannot expect continued bi-partisan support unless the aerospace community treats each political party equally."

All I can suggest for Lori (who is as partisan as they come): if you really wanted to see space issues treated on a bi-partisan (preferably non-partisan) basis, then why on Earth did you openly align yourself with a specific candidate - and party? You helped make this partisan, Lori !

29 September 1995: Text of S.1290, Responsible Deficit Reduction Act of 1995

Sponsor: Sen Kerry, John F. [MA] (introduced 9/29/1995)
Cosponsors (None)
Latest Major Action: 9/29/1995 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Budget


(16) Terminate the National Aerospace Plane Program.
(1) Terminate NASA's support for producers of commercial airlines.
(4) Terminate the International Space Station Program.



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