Houston: We Have a Problem
Initially, when I first heard reports of Obama planning to cancel part of the NASA program, I was annoyed and wished he would keep his hand out of things. However, after delving more in depth into what he envisions happening, it may be one of the few things I agree with. The New York Times reports that only certain parts of the global-leading program will be cancelled. Constellation, the program geared to developing a new rocket to replace the Space Shuttle, is to be phased out, while $18 billion annually will be budgeted to develop new space technologies. The major part of the program that I agree with is that taxiing humans to and from space will now be head by private companies, which should increase efficiency and reduce wasteful spending. Seeing this makes me wonder why Obama wouldn't think of privatizing Social Security, Medicaid, or some of the other bulky programs to save money and increase efficacy.