Obama's hostility to NASA wanes

Tom Jackson
Mar 23, 2010

Sen. Barack Obama has flip-flopped on another issue -- and I couldn't be happier.

As I wrote in this newspaper some months ago, Obama had promised to gut NASA's big new effort in space, Project Constellation.

Specifically, the senator had unveiled an $18 billion plan to boost federal spending for education. To pay for the early education component of the plan, Obama proposed "delaying the NASA Constellation program for five years."

NASA's Constellation program, which is supposed to be the next big space program after the space shuttle is phased out, aims to return astronauts to the Moon, with an eye toward sending them eventually to Mars.

If Obama won, and carried out his plan to delay Constellation for five years, it would have been bad news for Erie County, which is counting on continued development of NASA Plum Brook Station to help produce new jobs. It also would have been bad news in Cleveland, where NASA Glenn Research Station is a major employer.

I held out hope, though, that if Obama had no trouble dumping his public promises on public financing for his election and opposition to immunity for telecoms that he'd be willing to reverse course on space, too. He hasn't really focused much attention on space, anyway.

Sure enough, an e-mail from the Obama campaign sent to me Wednesday says that he loves the space program after all.

"Obama supports the Constellation program. Last year, as part of his effort to provide full offsets for all his spending initiatives, he proposed delaying later stages of Constellation to help pay for his early childhood education program. However, he understands how critical NASA is to America's scientific and economic edge and that is why he has found alternative offsets to cover the costs of his early education plan," the statement said.

Meanwhile, John McCain has supported the space program and Project Constellation all along. Details here.

Comments

Anonymous (not ...

If he thought that it would help him get elected, Obama would throw his 'average white' grandmother under the bus. Oh wait…he already did that.

Gotta luv the bloated promises of pandering politicians.

Clinton promised a middle-class tax cut TWICE. Remember? Then he said that it couldn't be done because of the state of the Fed budget. Yet the fools voted for him - TWICE.

Anonymous

Looks like we have ANOTHER biased Register blogger on here, as if Matt Westerhold wasn't enough. Just great. I suppose this blog is just an "editorial opinion" and is not really actual reporting, where you would have to leave your own personal political preferences out of your story like a true professional journalist would. This blogging is how you clowns down on Market Street get away with pushing your own agendas down our throats in the guise of an "opinion". I really wish this would stop, because it makes me wonder if the SR is capable of unbiased reporting of any story.

Anonymous

Aren't you the guy who is so head over heels for that lying, flip-flopper Sarah Palin, too?

Anonymous

I have 2 sons in the Marines. When I heard, during his June 16 visit to Iraq, Obama urged Prime Minister Maliki to "DELAY NEGOTIATIONS OF TROOP REDUCTIONS UNTIL AFTER THE ELECTIONS" I was furious! Who the HE'LL does he think he is placing lives on the line for longer than necessary by impeding negotiations just to win an election?

Whether you believe in this conflict or not NOTHING gives him the right to sacrifice more young mens lives for self advancement. He suggested "When I am elected I may not agree with the terms of the withdrawl. So it would be better to wait". What a freakin cop out!

Remember when FORD decided that the PINTO's horrendous rear end collision explosions were an acceptible loss of life because it meant selling cars?

Self-serving Obama has only his interests and those of the party at heart (provided he has one). He is willing to sell YOUR future and YOUR SOUL if it means being in the White House.

In his mind "the PINTO is still the safest car on the planet" and he'll be happy to give US the keys if he can make a buck!

Anonymous

Tom, did you buddy Obama explain the friend of his from Hawaii that he refered to as his mentor. This person was a member of the American Communist Party and tryed to take the NAACP leadership towards that party?

Anonymous

Communists can run for president too.

Anonymous

...for presidents, too. And one is.

Remember the old adage: If you think health care is expensive now, wait 'til it's free!

That applies to the financial industry, the manufacturing sector, the public schools...

Frankly, I suspect the only reason Obama is suddenly in favor of anything NASA does is because NASA is a government program. In Obama's view, them are ALLLLLLL good!

Anonymous

You paranoid Republicans will believe anything!Idiots.

Anonymous

I think it`s ok for them both to change their minds on issues. Look how bull headed Bush has been and look what it has done to our economy because he will not listen to what the PEOPLE want and what is good for THIS country.Things change every minute and if you have to be able to adjust your thinking to suit the situation.

Anonymous

Contrary to what's being implied by some of the commenters, I haven't publicly come out in favor of any candidate.

Anonymous

You are correct a communist can run for president, they did such a great job in the Soviet Union and Cuba. It goes to the character issue on Obama, who he looks up to and associated with. Don't forget the Chicago mobster who help him purchase his multi-million dollar home when he was a"community organizer."

Anonymous

WHILE YOU HAVE NOT PROCLAIMED YOUR ALLEGIENCE TO A PARTY WE ARE ALL AWARE THAT THE ragISTER ULTRA LIBERAL POSITION WILL DETERMINE THAT FOR YOU.
OPPOSING POINTS OF VIEW DON'T SIT WELL WITH YOUR MANAGERS.

Anonymous

Dear SORRY TOM,
The "ragISTER" has not told me what to write. To judge from the comments from this posting alone, I am a liberal, a Communist, and a McCain shill who is "head over heels" for Sarah Palin. I seem to be many things to many people.

Anonymous

Unfortunately for you the ragISTER has offended a majority of its circulation by liberal rants and tirades from the likes of 7 year old matt westerhold and and 9 year old rufus sanders.

Whenever a new SR columnist comes along they tend change their demeaner to conform to the philosophy of the managers just to keep their job. Consequently, they lose their objectivity and with it, their journalistic prowess. At this point they become stupid and offensive; by design I might add.

Maybe I was too hasty with my judgement of you, but we've been burned before by giving the benefit of the doubt. For that I personally apologize! You do deserve an opportunity to prove youself worthy of our (the general public) appreciation.

But for your own benefit; beware of those around you. If they see a weakness, they will, quickly, go for the kill!

Good Luck!