quote: I really hope that politicians realize what a great organization they utterly ruined by using it as a political pawn instead of giving it clear goals and leaving it the hell alone.
quote: I'm not denying the great value NASA brings, but clearly they were a bloated mess. They need to refocus on a newer system. Unfortunately a thinner leaner NASA means 7400 engineers looking for work. I hope NASA gets the funding back to start working on a productive project, the shuttle has not been one for quite some time.
quote: Thanks for proving my point. It needed to die BECAUSE it was so complex. NASA had a vested interest (if not political mandate) in keeping it going , even though it had loooooonng outlived its usefulness.
quote: I'd rather have them progressing to a next gen craft than employing hordes of engineers to keep an aging system flying
quote: Do you have any idea how complex it is to go to space? You don't go to the airport and hop on a spacecraft.
quote: I don't want to price myself out of the market.
quote: That's the risk of specialization in any filed, I think.
quote: but frivously spending money that we dont have on a moon base would be idiotic at this point. Lets figure out how to live within our means before we poor several trillion more to make a moon base.
quote: frivously spending money that we dont have on a moon base would be idiotic at this point. Lets figure out how to live within our means before we poor several trillion more to make a moon base.
quote: While I'm sure NASA was a huge expense. Proper budgeting and management could have created a smoother transition for the agency to move away from space shuttle to other innovative endeavors.
quote: Government is no more or less likely to be efficient than the private sector, however the private sector will EXPLOIT a localized monopoly while the government will not. BOTH types can develop numerous layers of middle managers that do little besides file reports and draw a paycheck.
quote: The government is almost always less efficient than private industry because they a monopoly position and, therefore, no incentive to keep costs down
quote: Of course they are having a hard time finding work. They had way more engineers than they needed, and they paid them too well. Typical government bloat.
quote: This is where we differ on ideology
quote: the government should take on the role of building out the infrastructure and taxing accordingly
quote: Government is no more or less likely to be efficient than the private sector
quote: That used to be the beauty of America; everybody had the chance and people cared about America. Now a few want to control the rest.
quote: they colluded to keep wages down
quote: There are many cases of skilled employees being stolen away from competitors, lured by higher wages, and in many of those instances, the original employer fights back with EVEN HIGHER wages
quote: But that doesn't mean that we shouldn't help people who needs to be helped from time to time.
quote: No one EVER does anything on their own.