Making a seemingly endless series of victory (?) laps, outgoing NASA Administrator Mike Griffin gave some more sage advice about the future of his struggling space agency on Monday. This time, he opined to some unfortunate reporters stuck covering the lame duck’s appearance at a Space Foundation event. Since you thankfully missed it, we’ll summarize here.
More money for NASA in any an economic stimulus package would create jobs now and shore up the U.S. leadership in aerospace, NASA Administrator Michael Griffin said on Tuesday.
“Aerospace exports are one of the few really positive balance of trade items for us,” Griffin said. “Aerospace jobs jump-start the economy.”
Yeah. Makes sense. Of course, you could pay people to rake leaves and jump start the economy. So, how did you do getting more money for NASA over the last four years?
NASA saw a 20 percent decline in funding during the eight years of the Clinton administration, when measured in constant dollars, and had stabilized at the lower level during the Bush administration, Griffin said.
Oh, stabilizing at a low level. That’s sounds…OK, I guess. Especially considering the $1 trillion we’ve spent on wars.
Bush also gave NASA an expansive new mission to send astronauts back to the moon. How’s that going?
Congressional committees estimate the agency needs $2 billion to $3 billion in additional funding each year to pay for all its projects, he added.
D’OH! D’OH! D’OH! D’OH! D’OH! D’OH! D’OH! D’OH! D’OH! D’OH! D’OH! D’OH!
Anyone you think is responsible for this collosal mismatch of ambition and funding?
Mike?….Mike?….MIKE?…WHERE ARE YOU GOING? HEY, COME BACK HERE!
Mike Griffin has left the building. Finally. I think. Be grateful.