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Unformatted text preview: ommercial human spaceflight. Another of the tenets calls for a “Zero-G means Zero-Tax”
arrangement, which would establish tax exemptions for business activities related to human spaceflight.
Additionally, the group wants for Congress to allow NASA to cancel all existing Shuttle, Ares and
Space Launch System contracts in order to force the termination of an $11 billion earmark included in
the 2010 NASA Authorization Law and for NASA to “competitively bid the development of human
exploration transportation capabilities.” Gasser said in the Thursday press release, “Whether it’s timidity
from the White House or Congress’ earmark-laden ‘compromises,’ our space dreams will be stuck on
this planet unless someone articulates a vision based on economic and technical reality, so that’s what
we’ve done.” “The status quo of crony capitalism, earmarking billions of NASA’s budget to a few
companies, districts and states, has got to stop,” he said. “We already tried this approach with Constellation
and all we have to show for it are stacks of power point presentations, some pretty CGI videos, and a halfbillion-dollar practice rocket.” TPIS Director of Operations Isaac Mooers said in the press release that
the group has a platform that would grow America’s potential in space. In the release, he asked elected
officials and those running for office to review the platform and pledge to vote in line with it. Gonzaga Debate Institute 2011
Politics NASA Funding – Unpopular – Tea Party (3/3)
NASA spending is unpopular with TEA Party
TEA Party Patriots, 6/23/11
(“TEA Party Space Platform”, http://www.spaceref.com/news/viewpr.html?pid=33929, accessed 6/25/11, EK)
(Washington DC) -- TEA Party in Space (TPIS), a non-partisan organization, today publicly released the
TEA Party Space Platform (link to platform). "This is our response to the vacuum of leadership in
Washington, D.C., for America's national space enterprise," said Andrew Gasser, President of TPIS.
"Whether it's timidity from the White House or Congress' earmark-laden 'compromises', our space dreams
will be stuck on this planet unless someone articulates a vision based on economic and technical reality, so
that's what we've done." This platform, and its specific planks, are grounded in sound science, technology,
and the TEA Party's core values. The TEA Party in Space Platform promotes fiscal responsibility,
limited government, and stimulation of the free market. "The status quo of crony capitalism,
earmarking billions of NASA's budget to a few companies, districts and states, has got to stop. We
already tried this approach with Constellation and all we have to show for it are stacks of power point
presentations, some pretty CGI videos, and a half-billion-dollar practice rocket" said Gasser. " It's time to
return NASA to its roots as an R&D agency instead of serving as a slush fund for a few influential
members of congress. This platform provides that plan.&qu...
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