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on April 15,” Nelson stated. Nelson believes that the president’s Budget office and or Science Policy office
decided to kill Constellation. Better advice would have been to restructure the program, he said. Gonzaga Debate Institute 2011
Politics Privatization – Public – Divided
Americans are evenly divided over private or public funding for space programs.
Rasmussen Reports, 1/15/10
(Biggest public opinion poll conductor in the United States, “50% Favor Cutting Back on Space Exploration”,
n_space_exploration, accessed 6/27/11) EK
Still, Americans are almost evenly divided when asked if the space program should be funded by the
government or by the private sector. Thirty-five percent (35%) believe the government should pay for
space research, while 38% think private interests should pick up the tab. Twenty-six percent (26%)
aren’t sure which is best. Gonzaga Debate Institute 2011
Politics Government Space Funding – Popular – Public
More Americans believe in government funding, rather than private funding, of NASA.
Rasmussen Reports, 10/5/10
(Biggest public opinion poll conductor in the United States, “52% Say Space Shuttle Program Has Been Worth The
ogram_has_been_worth_the_cost, accessed 6/27/11) EK
Forty percent (40%) of Americans feel the space program should be funded by the government, up
slightly from April. Thirty-two percent (32%) say funding for the program should come from the
private sector. Twenty-eight percent (28%) are undecided.
Interestingly, most entrepreneurs and private company employees feel the space program should be
government-funded, while the plurality of government workers feel the private sector should handle the
expense. Gonzaga Debate Institute 2011
Politics Privatization – Popular – GOP
Privatization is popular – Republicans perceive it as more efficient
Doyle, defense and homeland security writer in Washington, 8
(John, “Newt-ering NASA” Aviation Week & space Technology, June 23, Lexis, EJONES)
The veteran Republican wants a large portion of NASA’s budget redirected to incentives and huge taxfree prizes to spur private-sector innovation. What remained would be converted into a research
organization similar to the National Science Foundation, he told the National Space Foundation’s Space
Business Forum in New York last week. Gingrich says a senior Bush administration official—whom he
won’t name—privately estimates that such an approach could enable humans to land on Mars within a
decade for just $20 billion. Gingrich argues that NASA is one of many federal agencies requiring
dramatic overhauls if the U.S. is to keep pace with China, India and Japan over the next 25 years.
NASA supporters counter that the agency devotes 85% of its budget to procurement, the bulk of which goes
to outside contractors. Gonzaga Debate Institute 2011
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