Policy: November 2006 Archives

The President's Space Policy: The Facts, The Truth, and The Myths, Washington Space Business Roundtable

"*Please note all parts of this presentation are to be strictly off the record."

SPEAKER: Damon R. Wells, Senior Policy Analyst Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP)

Editor's note: It sure looks like Damon Wells and the rest of OSTP are afraid that taxpayers will be able to learn about what they have to say about the nation's space policy - you know, the one they developed. Small wonder that Mike Griffin and Shana Dale (who used to work at OSTP) never mention it - or that the White House never mentions the VSE in their new space policy. What I simply do not understand is how a civil servant, speaking in an official capacity, can talk to a group of people about what they are paid to do (with tax dollars) - yet their comments cannot be relayed to the tax paying public. There's an ethical issue here, folks. Indeed, this is the height of arrogance as far as this Administration is concerned. For the Washington Space Business Roundtable to agree to such conditions calls their own ethics into question. This is abject cowardice on the part of Damon Wells and the White House.

A space policy that cannot be discussed in public is one that is doomed to fail.

Democrats Take Control of the Senate, AP

"Democrats wrested control of the Senate from Republicans Wednesday with an upset victory in Virginia, giving the party complete domination of Capitol Hill for the first time since 1994. Jim Webb's squeaker win over incumbent Sen. George Allen gave Democrats their 51st seat in the Senate...."

Editor's note: Sen. Allen has just conceeded the election to Jim Webb.

It is one thing if only the House is run by Democrats. It is quite another if the Senate is run by them as well. Given that the Democrats seem to be intent upon placing all of the Bush Administration's activities under closer scrutiny, NASA should expect much more oversight than it has had in previous years. And that scrutiny is no longer going to be modulated by the White House.

Democrats on Track to Win Control of House, Senate Remains Too Close to Call, Washington Post

"Democrats were on track tonight to win control of the House of Representatives, chalking up a steady stream of victories against Republican incumbents. But a majority in the Senate remained up for grabs, with several key races too close to call."

Editor's note: What does this mean for the Democrats who sit on committees that oversee NASA? Given that there are many issues with how the VSE is being implemented, it is likely that members of the opposition party will be much more likely to take NASA and the Administration to task than has been the case in recent years.



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