Ted Cruz and the space progra… Geez, people, he’s a Senator from TEXAS.


Sorry.  It amazes me that some people can’t seem to get an elementary fact like that through their heads. Although I suppose it’d be more accurate to say that they won’t let an elementary fact like that get through their heads.  Anyway, here’s Sen. Cruz on NASA:

Q. For the last three years NASA has been building the Space Launch System rocket and Orion spacecraft. Do you support the continuation of these programs?

A. SLS and Orion are critical to our medium- and long-term ability to explore space, whether it is the moon, Mars or beyond. Absolutely I support them. At the same time, I am deeply concerned about our inability to reach low Earth orbit right now. We are entirely dependent upon the Russian Soyuz system. It is unacceptable from the perspective of space interest and also from national security interests. I have repeatedly inquired of this administration about its contingency plans if the Russians shut off the Soyuz. The answers have been altogether insufficient. America should have the capacity to get to the International Space Station without the assistance of the Russians. Americans should have the capacity to launch a rescue mission to the station – should that prove necessary – without being dependent. America should have the capacity to launch our critical satellites without needing to acquire Russian RD-180s (rocket engines).

…which is exactly the opinion you’d expect from a Republican Senator representing a state that got handed critical parts of the US space program in the Sixties, and which said state has done its level best to keep (and, indeed, expand) them ever since. But apparently it’s easier… nah. I’m just going to let this one go, at this point. The people that tried to use the space program for partisan Democratic talking points? Yeah, you know who you are. And I hope that you’re all secretly ashamed of yourselves.  You’re not, but you should be.

Moe Lane

*You should read that in a Sam Kinison voice.  Damn, but I miss that man.


  • Robert Mitchell Jr. says:

    I think you could make a larger point here. Getting rid of federal programs is harder then creating them because EVERYONE has a bowl they want to protect. For Ted Cruz, the space program. No matter how Libertarian you want him to be, if he went after the space program, he would no longer be in office. Which is why even so solid a politician as Ronald Reagan couldn’t get rid of the NEA. We need two-thirds, House and Senate, and the Presidency, if we actually want to end some Alphabet soup…..

    • midwestconservative says:

      Keep in mind the mindless trolls on the Left think both Rubio and Cruz want to get rid of the Space program for no other reason other then they support cutting waste everywhere and shrinking the overall government.

  • Luke says:

    But the people who tried to use the space program for partisan Democratic talking points are losing the part of the space program they actually like. That’s using the space program to advance Democratic talking points.
    Climate change and the wonderfulness of the arab world come most readily to mind, but there have been others.
    So they’re going to be back to “for the price of one Orion rocket…” in no time at all.

    • Wombat-socho says:

      I got so tired of that line of crap when I was growing up in the 70s. At least with the rockets we got to accomplish things; you sure can’t say that about the “War On Poverty”.

  • acat says:

    Left off West Virginia. You *do* know that the power for Huntspatch is legally required to come from West Virginia coal, thanks to Byrd…

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