The head of NASA, the flying turkey, is concerned that sequestration may lead to budget cuts.
It may turn out that NASA will not send a crew to an asteroid in 2025. (I thought Bruce Willis did this years ago.) It may even stop the manned flight to Mars in 2030.
Had you heard of either of these projects? I hadn’t.
Do you care that the government may not carry them out? I don’t.
I was unaware of public support for these projects. My guess is that the public has not heard of them. But career employees at NASA had. These projects constitute their careers. If these are cut, NASA may have to fire people. This is unheard of inside the federal government.
So desperate is NASA’s head that he invokes the myth that NASA’s endless burden on taxpayers creates jobs. “In spite of this threat to our progress, however, we must remember that all of our investments in space are creating good jobs here on Earth and helping to inspire young people to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and math.”
In short, “We are unemployable at anything that customers would pay for voluntarily. Unless you want to see us having to earn our livings in the private sector at half our present pay, you had better tell Congress to roll back the sequester.”