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$400 billion--may be too much for Congress and the public to swallow.
That was the consensus of a panel of experts at the Congress Project Seminar on Congress and
America’s Future in Space. Professor Howard E. McCurdy of American University traced the history
of America’s space program while exploding “the myth of presidential leadership in space.” According
to that myth, says McCurdy, all the President has to do is move his lips and say the words, and it will
be done. But that ignores both the independence of Congress and the ways of the NASA bureaucracy.
Congress sometimes says “no” and sometimes, “go slow.” While Congress did largely defer to the
President during the 1960s when John F. Kennedy called for putting a man on the moon within the decade,
that began to change with the next stages of our space program. When President George W. Bush
announced in 2004 his “Vision for Space Exploration,” which included building a Moon station for
manned flights to Mars, he was recycling an idea that’s been kicked around for the last 50 years, says
McCurdy. In fact, in 1989 Bush’s father called for the exact same thing, calling it the “Space
Exploration Initiative.” But it died a natural death in Congress. Only a risk of a link – There’s always opposition to be overcome
Rosati, University of South Carolina Government and International Studies professor, 04
(Jerel A., THE POLITICS OF UNITED STATES FOREIGN POLICY, 2004, p. 388)
The fragmentation of public ideological and foreign policy beliefs gives a president great opportunities but
also creates great risks. Unlike those in the 1950s, presidents now are no longer driven to pursue only an
anticommunist containment policy. Yet it is unclear how far a president may go in pursuing any policy
before losing public support. Presidents no longer come to office with automatic majorities behind their
policies. No matter what the president and his advisers believe, a substantial number of Americans – in the
mass public and especially the elite public – disagree, or are open to disagreement, with presidential policy.
Hence, the continual presidential search for, and frustration in obtaining, consensus and policy legitimation. Gonzaga Debate Institute 2011
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Plan will be perceived – space policy receives scrutiny
Simberg, former aerospace engineer and consultant in space commercialization, space
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[Rand, 11-5-10, Pajamas Media, “With NASA Budget, Time for Republicans To Be … Republicans”
http://pajamasmedia.com/blog/with-nasa-budget-time-for-republicans-to-be-republicans/?singlepage=true , accessed
The new Congress is going to face some very ugly budget choices, and be looking for savings wherever
it can. There is little doubt that NASA will face serious scrutiny, even after the turmoil of the past nine
months, since the Obama administration ineptly...
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