Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Tell McCain and Romney in Your Own Voice

Tomorrow, January 24, all space supporters in Florida:

at 6:45 p.m, Governor Romney attends a pre-debate rally at Bogart's Bar & Grille: Muvico Palace 20, 3200 Airport Road, Boca Raton, FL 33431
Go get yourself a burger, sidle up to good 'ole Mitt, and tell him why he needs to give NASA a couple billion more dollars. Tell him what effect if will have on your vote. He seems like a nice enough guy to talk to.
John McCain will be at a town hall meeting in West Palm Beach at 11:00am. The address is the Palm Beach County Convention Center Ballroom A & B, 650 Okeechobee Blvd, West Palm Beach, FL 33401
Go to the convention center early. Figure out how to get at the front of the question line, and ask something along the lines of
"John McCain, Why don't you make room in your schedule to meet with the Economic Development Council of Florida’s Space Coast and how much money will you increase NASA's budget by when you are president?"
That question being asked alone will have a large impact on all of the candidates space positions. Get this issue out in the open! Record the answer with a mp3 recorder and email it to us as

Send us an email if you hear word of where Huckabee will be before the debate.


Anonymous said...

"All space supporters" do not agree that space policy is only a matter of "how much money will you increase NASA's budget by."

The United States could do far more in space for the same amount of money (or even less) if it did things more efficiently, especially by reducing launch costs. Instead, Bush and Griffin have created an expensive "Vision" that will increase launch costs.

You want to soak the taxpayers even more? Asking candidates to throw good money after bad will simply convince the American people that "space" is white collar welfare for NASA employees.

NASA must reform or die; the next President should either reform NASA or kill it.

John Benac said...

Real Action for Space, we have so much in common. Our names, our views...

I am one of those space supporters that believes that space policy is not simply a matter of "how much money will you increase NASA's budget by." There is so much more! This kind of thinking hampers innovative and effective programs.

NASA has spent unbelievable amounts of money unneccisarily on canceled programs, recreating technology, etc. They could do more with less. (But if I had to guess, I think that they would do less with less.)

If people asked candidates to "throw good money after bad," it would seriously damage the already weak credibility to the politicians that government funded space exploration is viable.

Real action, I think you have a great point. But for heavens sake, don't make your point to us, tell Bush! Tell Obama! tell McCain!

If you cant decide if NASA should be reformed or canceled, make up your mind.

If you think it should be reformed, Do something about it! Tell your representative! Real action, what have you done to improve the situation?

If you think that NASA should be killed, well... I think that that is a bit harsh.

Anonymous said...

> They could do more with less. (But if I had to guess, I think that they would do less with less.)

If that's their choice, why should they be rewarded for it? If they don't want to do better, why not give the money to DoD instead, or the private sector? It's not like they're the only space program in town.

John Benac said...

Again, why are you telling me this? If you haven't told a presidential candidate or your state representatives to congress, it makes zero impact to be discussing it on this forum.

They probably shouldn't be rewarded for inefficiency. Why doesn't Real Action for Space tell us what real action he is taking. Unless the only real action is to argue on the comments of this days old post that no politician or policy maker will ever read?

Fax someone

Call someone.

Email someone.

Anonymous said...

If you believe no one will ever read this blog, why do you bother doing it?