August 16, 2004
Posted by scott at August 16, 2004 03:38 PM
Kerry supporters who think the space program is important should find this article interesting:
Kerry voted seven times, between 1991 and 1996, to either cancel the space station or to massively cut NASA funding in general. Kerry justified the last vote, to kill the station in 1996, as a means to reduce the deficit. “The Federal budget deficit…is still too high and must be eliminated.” he said on the Senate floor. But then in the same speech, he also supported eliminating the space station in order to pay for other programs. “We cannot spend nearly $100 billion of the taxpayers money to fund the space station and then say that we do not have enough money to put cops on the beat, clean our environment, and ensure that our children get the best education possible.”
Oh, I expect Mr. "Flip-flops aren't just for the feet" Kerry will have changed his tune on the campaign trail, but records do have a habit of speaking for themselves. Not that it'll matter to most of you, because we all know it's far more important to get rid of Bush than it is to pay attention to what his replacement might actually do, right? Just checking...
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That's funny. I would think this would be a check mark in the Kerry column in your opinion. I can't remember all the times you have said the space program would be better off if we let the private sector in. Eliminating aspects of NASA's areas would only open that up for private companies to race for the replacement spotlight.
This is not to say I approve of his voting. I think if someone out there never has a problem with their candidates voting record they are not paying attention.
But I shouldn't expect too much. You have unfortunately embraced yet more stereotypical rhetoric from the republican notes in your constant berating of Kerry. Eh, oh well.
...countdown for defensive "But I'm i librarian..err, libertarian, all politicians are liars/crooks/etc" comment to mask the onesided political criticism in 3..2...
Score! A Direct Hit!
Actually, I just about said "I'm rather glad of Kerry's vote, since I think the whole thing should be turned over to the private sector anyway." But thought it would be a bit stereotypical of me.
" I must have hit her pretty close
to the mark to get her all riled up like that, huh, kid?"
wow - young Mr. Johnson walks into one...