Many of us remember when we first watched the launch of a Space Shuttle. We can also recall where we were during the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster, losing our brave astronauts who had given their lives for the dream of space exploration. Likewise, many of us will also recall the day we watched our Space Shuttles being placed in museums around the country, because a new President decided he no longer wanted America to be known as a “great nation”.
The beginning of the end of our space program was when Obama elected Charles Bolen as head of NASA. During one of Bolen’s first interviews, he expressed that it was Obama’s intent that NASA focus on the Muslim community in promoting their contributions to science.
Since then, Bolen has been utilizing NASA funds in very strange ways–including funding a “fashion photography project” at Stanford University in which NASA employees were depicted as Vikings. (Yes, you read that correctly.) Ved Chirayath, an aeronautics and astronautics graduate student and amateur fashion photographer, had NASA researchers pose as Vikings for a fashion shoot. The cost of this fiasco is not clear, but I don’t think this is what our early astronauts ever imagined NASA would become…
Bolen has also been busy with taxpayer trips to Israel to promote Jewish and Arab relations. (I thought that was the job of an Ambassador or Secretary of State?) Apparently because Bolen has so much time on his hands, he figures he can utilize his experience as an astronaut to bridge relations with the Jewish and Arab world and assist them in a Kumbaya moment. Step aside Netanyahu, Bolen’s in town!
Another drawback to our lack of resources for space exploration is that in 2006 we would have paid $22 million per seat to take a ride with Russia to the International Space Station (ISS). Now, our next trip we will cost us $71 million dollars. Russians have decided to raise the price on hitchhiking with them since we didn’t need them before.
Yes, since our wonderful Commander in Chief decided America needed to be taken down a few notches—perhaps because he thinks we are arrogant and dismissive–it now costs us three times the amount to travel in space. I’m pretty sure Putin is smiling at our ignorance. Of course we still contribute $3 billion in taxpayer money to provide maintenance on the ISS each year after we spent $60 billion to build the station in the first place. But hey, it’s just money right? We need to make sure our millions of hard-earned dollars go towards the many vacations of the First Family and their dog, Bo…
There was a time when children dreamed of becoming an astronaut. Now we just hear about our hitchhiking jaunts via cable news for about 2 minutes before we move on to Kim Kardashian’s next romance. Children don’t talk about science anymore; instead, it’s all about the next Jay Z and Eminem collaboration or the next “like my status” on Facebook that fills the once-creative brains of our young students.
Sadly, in addition to losing NASA we’ve also lost our position in the world in many other ways. Our credit rating jumps up and down, but at least we can say we lost the 1st Place trophy of “Most Obese Nation” to Mexico.
In many ways, and thanks largely to Obama, America is no longer the top of the totem pole. Instead we have 29-year old losers like Jason Greenslate, the 2013 version of Fast Times at Ridgemont High’s Jeff Spicolli, who chooses not to work and collect food stamps so he can surf with his weed smoking buddies.
We have a record number of people on food stamps and disability, and college loans have topped over a trillion dollars. Of course, according to many on the Left say we can’t possibly ask those people to pay back their loans if they have no job skills…Instead we will just keep those for-profit institutional CEO’s fat and sassy with their multi-million dollar salaries and the lifestyle they’ve become accustomed to…
It is time for all of us to become better educated about what is happening to our country. We can no longer afford to be passive and/or indifferent. Our parents and grandparent’s generations kept the blinders on too long while our Government grew to heights never imaginable. Now we have ourselves to blame for this generation’s spending and we cannot send this debt–or this drop in greatness–to our children and grandchildren. There has to be a fire inside our bellies that says “NO MORE!” We all need to become involved in our Government and understand exactly what our money is being spent on. We must focus on our future in order to have one.
We were a great nation once before and we can become that great nation again, but we have to quit being selfish and uninvolved and teach our children about accountability, self-reliance and what a hard work ethic means. We have to make a stand! If we don’t, then China and Russia will continue to surpass us in achievement and America will be just one more casualty.