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Mon Jan 12, 2015, 10:42 PM

 

Ted Cruz, Longtime Foe Of NASA And Science, Will Oversee NASA And Science In New Congress

Source: Huffington Post

Following the ratification of Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) as chair of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committtee last week, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) was named chair of the Subcommittee on Space, Science and Competitiveness, where he will oversee NASA and science programs.

Appointed Jan. 8, Cruz is expected to be confirmed to the new role by the end of the month as one of many changes to the new Republican-controlled Congress. But the Republican senator's words and actions during his time in office have painted him to be a far cry from an advocate for the sciences, leaving many concerned about the future of space and science funding.

Cruz's infamous hours-long speech in September 2013 led to a 16-day government shutdown barring 97 percent of NASA employees from appearing for work. Interns to the agency were temporarily displaced when the NASA-provided housing was closed during the shutdown, and many have said the agency suffered lasting damage due to the freeze.

And NASA wasn't the only agency hit by the shutdown: research programs run by the National Institute of Health suffered a blow when new clinical trials were suspended, affecting 200 new patients each week of the shutdown. Environmental Protection Agency programs were also compromised, with 90 percent of employees on furlough.

Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/01/12/ted-cruz-nasa_n_6456270.html

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Reply Ted Cruz, Longtime Foe Of NASA And Science, Will Oversee NASA And Science In New Congress (Original post)
uhnope Jan 2015 OP
hobbit709 Jan 2015 #1
rtracey Jan 2015 #2
defacto7 Jan 2015 #3
George II Jan 2015 #6
blkmusclmachine Jan 2015 #11
blkmusclmachine Jan 2015 #15
defacto7 Jan 2015 #21
George II Jan 2015 #4
lordsummerisle Jan 2015 #5
blackspade Jan 2015 #7
yurbud Jan 2015 #19
randys1 Jan 2015 #30
IdiotsforPalin Jan 2015 #8
defacto7 Jan 2015 #9
Scuba Jan 2015 #17
Judi Lynn Jan 2015 #22
mountain grammy Jan 2015 #10
yurbud Jan 2015 #20
2naSalit Jan 2015 #27
Frank Cannon Jan 2015 #12
lunasun Jan 2015 #26
Frank Cannon Jan 2015 #31
quadrature Jan 2015 #13
jmowreader Jan 2015 #14
bemildred Jan 2015 #16
2naSalit Jan 2015 #28
w8liftinglady Jan 2015 #18
Judi Lynn Jan 2015 #23
pampango Jan 2015 #24
cigsandcoffee Jan 2015 #25
2naSalit Jan 2015 #29
Corruption Inc Jan 2015 #32
question everything Jan 2015 #33

Response to uhnope (Original post)

Mon Jan 12, 2015, 10:47 PM

1. I keep telling you, IDIOCRACY is a documentary.

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Response to uhnope (Original post)

Mon Jan 12, 2015, 10:53 PM

2. yeah

 

Good Bye Mars Rover, good bye space exploration, good bye funding for space telescope, hello arrogance and hello military spending

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Response to uhnope (Original post)

Mon Jan 12, 2015, 10:59 PM

3. So this is one of the threats

the Republicans were spewing about. They are trying to choose the worst possible choices for overseeing government agencies... and they know exactly what they are doing. It's a political war and we the people are the inheritors of their tantrum.

When did US politics turn into a crib full of 1 year olds smearing the contents of their diapers on the wall?

Oh I forgot, they were voted into office by a minority of US citizens. Hmmm...

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Response to defacto7 (Reply #3)

Mon Jan 12, 2015, 11:12 PM

6. A "super" minority - actually less than 20% of eligible voters.

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Response to defacto7 (Reply #3)

Tue Jan 13, 2015, 08:23 AM

15. It's not a question of who the 99% wants, as much as it is a question of who the 1% wants.

 

And the 1% owns the secret, black box vote "counting" machines...


"Trust us!"

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Response to blkmusclmachine (Reply #15)

Wed Jan 14, 2015, 11:32 PM

21. So true...

But even the magical voting machines can only skew the votes when they are close enough to go almost unnoticed. After the margin increases, the next move is to flush misinformation into the minds of the vulnerable. Next, make voting either impossible or cause a rift that will make people mad enough to not vote. Anything that will keep the vote count close enough that it can be manipulated.

If the majority put their foot down and voted in mass, they're strategy would crumble.

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Response to uhnope (Original post)

Mon Jan 12, 2015, 11:09 PM

4. Kind of like appointing Willie Sutton chairman of the Senate Banking Committee.

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Response to uhnope (Original post)

Mon Jan 12, 2015, 11:12 PM

5. I was sure this was a headline from The Onion n/t

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Response to uhnope (Original post)

Mon Jan 12, 2015, 11:16 PM

7. This asshole is a menace to us all.

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Response to blackspade (Reply #7)

Wed Jan 14, 2015, 12:24 PM

19. he will probably be the GOP nominee for president in 2016.

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Response to blackspade (Reply #7)

Thu Jan 15, 2015, 03:33 PM

30. And 90% of America doesnt even know who he is, and that is why we are

done for

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Response to uhnope (Original post)

Mon Jan 12, 2015, 11:26 PM

8. Science flies us to the moon

.....religion flies us into buildings

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Response to IdiotsforPalin (Reply #8)

Mon Jan 12, 2015, 11:33 PM

9. Nice first post.....

Welcome to DU

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Response to IdiotsforPalin (Reply #8)

Tue Jan 13, 2015, 12:23 PM

17. + another and welcome to DU.

 

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Response to IdiotsforPalin (Reply #8)

Thu Jan 15, 2015, 09:12 AM

22. Outstanding newcomer's post!

Welcome to D.U.

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Response to uhnope (Original post)

Mon Jan 12, 2015, 11:59 PM

10. There's something really ugly and psychotic in these appointments..

I picture these creepy men all sitting around dividing up the pie. Which committee positions demand the most attention from lobbyist and corporate interests and just how rich they'll all be. Thanks for the vote of confidence, America!

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Response to mountain grammy (Reply #10)

Wed Jan 14, 2015, 12:24 PM

20. Tell Halliburton there's oil on Mars

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Response to yurbud (Reply #20)

Thu Jan 15, 2015, 03:27 PM

27. Sadly

that may be what it takes. But can you imagine the squirming that will ensue when they have to convince us that it was god's idea for them to go to mars to drill, baby, drill and nobody buys it?

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Response to uhnope (Original post)

Tue Jan 13, 2015, 04:53 AM

12. Roughly half of this nation thinks this bullshit is a great idea.

Unfuckingbelievable.

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Response to Frank Cannon (Reply #12)

Thu Jan 15, 2015, 03:06 PM

26. +Dont forget about the peole who wanted to vote but could not . Knocked off voter rolls incorrectly,

voter ID restrictions, intimidation , wrong info spread, heck in my area alone a big scandal= 4 polls opened a full hour late, in a dense working area where folks would vote before work very heavy at those polls during that morning hour also heavy Dem area for the state . Judges had gotten calls to not come they were ineligible and then didnt open the polls
.... Yep they got a lot of angles covered to get the win
I just hope this guy doesn't get any more power. Unfuckingbelievable what he has now

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Response to lunasun (Reply #26)

Thu Jan 15, 2015, 03:40 PM

31. You're right.

But I'm also including the people who chose to stay home and not vote because "both parties are the same" or "it doesn't matter". There's a lot of those people, and they've passively given their approval for all of this.

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Response to uhnope (Original post)

Tue Jan 13, 2015, 04:57 AM

13. NASA budget should be cut by two-thirds

 

the ISS should be de-ordited
as cheaply as possible

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Response to uhnope (Original post)

Tue Jan 13, 2015, 04:58 AM

14. Let me guess...

Their next move is to appoint someone who doesn't like to eat to the chair of the committee overseeing the USDA, a Christian Scientist as head of the committee overseeing the FDA, Darrell Issa to an auto theft subcommittee...

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Response to uhnope (Original post)

Tue Jan 13, 2015, 08:31 AM

16. The USA has a subconcious death wish. That's the only explanation.

It's like letting some guys who think they are going to dominate the world forever run your defense department. You don't know what will happen, but you know it won't be good.

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Response to bemildred (Reply #16)

Thu Jan 15, 2015, 03:29 PM

28. +1

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Response to uhnope (Original post)

Wed Jan 14, 2015, 09:45 AM

18. We have this to look forward to..

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Response to uhnope (Original post)

Thu Jan 15, 2015, 09:13 AM

23. They are simply too stupid to know what they are actually doing. What a damned shame. n/t

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Response to uhnope (Original post)

Thu Jan 15, 2015, 10:27 AM

24. And we will have anti-immigration repubs overseeing immigration committees, anti-UN repubs

overseeing foreign policy committees, etc. Seems like the new normal in congress.

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Response to uhnope (Original post)

Thu Jan 15, 2015, 02:41 PM

25. I hope he won't kill the Space Shuttle program. n/t

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Response to cigsandcoffee (Reply #25)

Thu Jan 15, 2015, 03:30 PM

29. It would be such a damned shame. n/t

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Response to uhnope (Original post)

Thu Jan 15, 2015, 06:07 PM

33. If he wants to be the first on a personal vehicle to space - let him (nt)

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