Obama to NASA: Constellation, you can not haz.
NASA to Obama: We can haz cash?
Obama to NASA: You can haz small cash.
Private Enterprise to NASA: That R big cash to us!
I've always thought the manned program would be more effective farming out the stuff they already know how to do to private industry, and spending their energies on the propeller-headed stuff nobody knows will work or not. Sort of like what the aerospace guys do. But wtf do I know?
And yes, this is one of the very few places I think the Obama administration is getting it right. I think that's happening mostly because Obama doesn't really care about space, and handed it off to a bunch of propeller-heads who do while he "takes care" of the rest of the country.