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designed to replace current military communications satellites, and the Space Radar to replace aging
U.S. early warning satellites, are years behind schedule and tens of millions of dollars over budget.
Congressional reaction to Air Force budget requests for new space weapons programs based on
unproven and yet undeveloped technologies may well not be all that favorable. In addition, space
weapons remain controversial politically and the concept unpopular with broad U.S. public opinion –
and a unilateral move by the United States to weaponize space is likely to also face harsh international
political resistance and possible backlash as other nations seek to compete with their own space weapons
programs. Gonzaga Debate Institute 2011
Politics Weapons – Funding - Unpopular
Space weapons is political suicide for all those involved – perception of domestic tradeoff
Messina, Associated Press, 10
[Lawrence, 10-29-10, published in The Associated Press State & Local Wire, “Goodwin proud of brief tenure in US
Sen for W.Va.”, LexisNexis, Accessed June 20th 2011, LGK]
Goodwin blasted much of the platform of John Raese, the GOP nominee for his Senate seat. He singled
out Raese's call to spend $20 billion on 1,000 space-based, anti-missile lasers.
"Certainly, you talk to any national security expert, the priorities for the security and safety of the
American people don't lie in long-range missiles being shot down. It lies in terrorist training camps in
northwestern Pakistan and Afghanistan and the Arabian peninsula." Goodwin contrasted that
proposal with Raese's vow not to pursue the sort of federal funds and earmarks that helped make Byrd
a legend. "He wants to spend billions on lasers and abolish public education, and yet criticize solid
government investment in roads, and bridges, and dams, and infrastructure" Goodwin said. Raese
objects to much of government's current role in the economy, touting free-market capitalism as the
alternative. With Congress discussing future infrastructure spending, Goodwin paralleled the federal push to
expand high-speed Internet access to the 1930s drive to provide power to rural America. "Look what it did
for the country. It connected the country," he said. Raese spokesman Kevin McLaughlin discounted
Goodwin's comments, saying as Manchin's "hand-picked placeholder," Goodwin voted with the Obama
administration Space weapons unpopular – perception of domestic tradeoff
Rep. Frank 2/25/09
[Barney, U.S. House Representative for Massachusetts's 4th congressional district (D), published by US Fed News,
“US Fed News, Host Forum on Military Spending”, LexisNexis, Accessed June 20th 2011, LGK]
Over the past eight years, overall military spending has more than doubled to over $700 billion a year,
diverting resources from other domestic needs. "The logic is irrefutable," said Congressman Frank.
"If we are not able to get military spending under control, if we are not able to break the trend that's
now there, we will...
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