This begins a series of posts about seeming unrelated issues.  

  • NASA’s Funding
  • Freedom of Conscience
  • How The United States Chose To Begin Hostile Action Against Libya

What is the connection? That we will discover in the last post.

NASA’s Funding

I came of age watching man land on the moon. I desperately wanted to see man explore outerspace. I heartily supported NASA. I thrived on science fiction, and I imagined what it would be like if our nation led the way. I joined the Air Force, hoping to be an astronaut. I never became an astronaut, but for four years I worked at Johnson Space Center in Texas. There I became disillusioned.

Although I was desperate to see man explore outerspace, I slowly came to realize that NASA would be of little future use. Politicians had perverted NASA’s funding to their own purposes. Therefore, when I read Space isn’t a job’s program by Rand Simberg, I was sadly sympathetic. He knows all the facts to the contrary. Nonetheless, Simberg retains the futile expectation that Congress can and will fund his dreams of space exploration.

Contemplate the irony. Simberg’s own article demonstrates why Congress will not and cannot accomplish what he wants. Because Congress is accountable to the voters — because congressmen want to get reelected — their funding decisions have almost nothing to do with NASA’s stated mission or his own dreams of space exploration.

Simberg serves as chairman of the Competitive Space Taskforce, an organization with lofty goals. Supposedly, his organization believes in the free market. Yet he expects NASA to “ignite an economic, technological, and innovation renaissance.” NASA? With direction from Congress? When NASA has become a socialist jobs program? Why would anyone expect a socialist jobs program to “ignite an economic, technological, and innovation renaissance”?

When we read what Simberg wrote, why should we expect any such thing? Here are some quotes.

  • NASA exists to create new technologies. So what does Congress do?

    Last week, the Senate decided to cut almost half-a-billion dollars in funding from NASA’s request for money that would develop technologies needed to make deep-space exploration affordable, while ensuring that janitorial and landscaping services at various NASA centers would survive, thus preserving middle-class jobs.

  • When Congress buys new technology, Simberg complains its makes poor engineering choices. To avoid the cancellation of a costly boondoggle, the lost of funds going to their districts, some congressmen connived to keep that boondoggle alive.

    Congress responded last fall by passing a NASA authorization bill that demanded NASA build a heavy-lift vehicle with no missions specified or funded, and whose primary requirement was that it utilize “legacy” (i.e., shuttle) components built in those states, and that it work on a “multi-purpose crew vehicle,” which was simply another name to keep the expensive Orion capsule going in Colorado.

Too often what looks like a shortcut sometimes turns out to be anything but shorter. Thus, government funding of space exploration may seem to be the perfect solution, but it is not. Politicians manage government funding, and politicians have their own agenda. Their agenda has little to do with exploring space. The first concern of any politician is to get reelected; that’s their launchpad.

Politicians cannot help themselves. If they want to get reelected, they must spend every cent they control towards that purpose. Hence, even though NASA’s mission is space exploration, too many politicians will consider janitor’s jobs and the money wasted in their state or district of far greater importance. 

If Simberg wants an economic, technological, and innovation renaissance, he is going to have to spend his own dime to get it. Even with the help of government, we cannot force other people to pay for the fulfillment of our dreams.  

 To Be Continued: Part 2, Freedom of Conscience will appear Tuesday.


  1. Yet he expects NASA to “ignite an economic, technological, and innovation renaissance.”

    I have no such expectations. Desires, perhaps, but certainly not expectations. I don’t know why you attribute them to me. I am simply trying to get NASA and (more importantly) the Congress to spend taxpayers’ money a little less stupidly, when it comes to space policy.

    1. Thank you for your comment. I know my accuracy record is imperfect. So I welcome corrections.

      The Washington Times called you the chairman of the Competitive Space Taskforce. This comes from the What We Believe page on Competitive Space Taskforce website.

      As believers in the power of the free-market, we believe that government can and should create a framework for American industry and individuals to pursue their ideals and dreams, and space should be no exception. By opening space up to the American people and their enterprises, NASA can ignite an economic, technological, and innovation renaissance, and the United States will regain its rightful place as the world leader in this burgeoning industry. Doing so, however, will require abandoning the failed approaches of the Cold War.

      Did I get the wrong website?

Comments are closed.

Blog at WordPress.com.

Up ↑

Mark 1:1

The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God; (NIV)

Jill Domschot

Joy in the Southwest


Here are some of the things I have learned from studying the Bible

BUNKERVILLE | God, Guns and Guts Comrades!

God, Guns and Guts Comrades!


Blatant - Over-Exposure

Insightful Geopolitics

Impartial Informative Always

Libertas and Latte

Ramblings of a Disgruntled Patriot and Coffee Slave

A Blog About Healing From PTSD

Healing After Narcissistic Abuse & Multiple Traumas

Silence of Mind

Where God Speaks and Creation Listens


Wandering Towards Faith Am I

The Stories In Between

Author River Dixon


From A Garden To A City - The Prophetic Journey


Philosophy is all about being curious, asking basic questions. And it can be fun!

Faithful Steward Ministries and FSM Women's Outreach

Christian Outreach Ministry to those Incarcerated, with Addictions and our Military

Jesus Quotes and God Thoughts

“God’s wisdom is something mysterious that goes deep into the interior of his purposes.” ~Apostle Paul

The Lions Den

"Blending the colorful issues of life with the unapologetic truth of scripture, while adding some gracious ferocity.”


Life through the eyes of "cookie"

Rudy u Martinka

What the world needs now in addition to love is wisdom. We are the masters of our own disasters.


Supplying the Light of Love

The Recovering Legalist

Living a Life of Grace

Write Side of the Road

writing my way through motherhood

Freedom Through Empowerment

Taking ownership of your life brings power to make needed changes. True freedom begins with reliance on God to guide this process and provide what you need.

John Branyan

the funny thing about the truth

Victory Girls Blog

Welcome to Conservative commentary and Christian prayers from Gainesville, Virginia. That's OUTSIDE the Beltway.

Conservative Government

Welcome to Conservative commentary and Christian prayers from Gainesville, Virginia. That's OUTSIDE the Beltway.

The Night Wind

Welcome to Conservative commentary and Christian prayers from Gainesville, Virginia. That's OUTSIDE the Beltway.

In Saner Thought

"It is the duty of every man, as far as his ability extends, to detect and expose delusion and error"..Thomas Paine

Always On Watch: Semper Vigilans

Welcome to Conservative commentary and Christian prayers from Gainesville, Virginia. That's OUTSIDE the Beltway.

Dr. Luis C. Almeida

Dr. A's Website

He Hath Said

is the source of all wisdom, and the fountain of all comfort; let it dwell in you richly, as a well of living water, springing up unto everlasting life

quotes and notes and opinions

from a Biblical perspective




The view from the Anglosphere

bluebird of bitterness

The opinions expressed are those of the author. You go get your own opinions.

Pacific Paratrooper

This WordPress.com site is Pacific War era information


Daily Thoughts and Meditations as we journey together with our Lord.


My Walk, His Way - daily inspiration

Kingdom Pastor

Living Freely In God's Kingdom

%d bloggers like this: