Author Topic: LIVE: Congressional Hearings into Obama's NASA Budget FY2011 - Feb 24-25 Part 2  (Read 325182 times)

Offline kraisee

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This sounds more and more like a plan which hasn't had any real thinking behind it yet.

Ross.
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Talks about STS-125, how it had to be a human mission. If it was today, we could do it with robots. Cites R2 robot (General Motors).
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1 - I think Bolden is a terrible communicator.
2 - Lori Garver probably did write the budget.
3 - The Augustine commission was apparently just a stalling tactic so the Democrats could cancel CXP.
4 - I'm dismayed by his statement that he doesn't need a heavy lift launch vehicle.
 
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"Vision without resources is an hallucination".

"Resources without a vision is a waste of money".

Ross.

... and everyone wonders why we are going in circles?
"Wise men talk because they have something to say; fools, because they have to say something" - Plato

Offline briguy700

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I'd like to throw Bolden and Garver out with the bathwater......
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Offline Chris Bergin

LeMieux: When JFK challenges us to go to the moon, we didn't have the technology either, but we had a plan.

How are we going to get to the ISS?

Bolden: Soyuz for the next three years. Seems to praise Soyuz.

LeMieux: What about extending shuttle?

Bolden: That is not something I'd reccomend. Funding. It costs 2.something billion a year for shuttle. I would like to get out of that. Potentially recertifying, starting up production lines (FFS, check your own documentation!)

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Hrm, I'm not so sure what I think about Bolden's discussion of, um, strongly suggesting, that commercial companies have employees in certain states.
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On jobs: Bolden: Will hold commercial companies feet to the fire. I will hold them responsible. But I can't make them do anything, but I can encourage them (heh, good luck with that).

Testimony over. Second panel time.
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After weeks of frustration and disappointment at this "plan", I feel better that these hard questions are finally being asked!

It's becoming obvious there isn't much plan and as a former insider told me recently... " Who ever came up with it has zero experience with project management."

It sure is looking like Garver isn't it?

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Nelson reminds LeMieux: Space is a bipartisanship issue.

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Super impressed with Senator Vitter so far. Senator Nelson's always a good communicator, but Vitter has fight.
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Nelson - emphasis again that the budget will be perfected.

I believe that is the key point here, there will be some shifts.

Personal comment: Bolden stood up really well to the (in my opinion absolutely unsubstantiated) criticism by Vitter, very good answers and explanation on everything, also on the problems with Shuttle extension and Cx in general.
« Last Edit: 02/24/2010 07:54 pm by clb22 »
Spirals not circles, Mr. President. Spirals!

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Isn't NASA an executive branch agency?  Revealing pre-decisional processes and discussions isn't going to happen.


He's protecting someone.

Why?



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Charlie says we'll get it right & 2nd panel up to bat.

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Super impressed with Senator Vitter so far. Senator Nelson's always a good communicator, but Vitter has fight.

Agreed.

No matter where you are on this issue, Vitter is asking the hard questions the taxpayers deserve.

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Smackdown time coming folks :)
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His suggestion HSF was being terminated made it clear to me he has no idea what he's talking about. 

Super impressed with Senator Vitter so far. Senator Nelson's always a good communicator, but Vitter has fight.

Agreed.

No matter where you are on this issue, Vitter is asking the hard questions the taxpayers deserve.

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Sen. Nelson seems to be happy.


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No matter where you are on this issue, Vitter is asking the hard questions the taxpayers deserve.

Nelson isn't.

I'm not happy with Nelson so far.   He's walking a tight-rope between supporting his party leadership (Obama) vs. fighting for workforce in his district.

Problem is that it is the electorship who put him in his job and he needs to fight harder for them.   His junior Senate colleague, George LeMieux, is doing a much, much better job of representing the Florida workforce right now.

Ross.
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