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Link --- Government Support for Space Development /AT: Aff = Socialist

Government space programs focus on furthering capitalism --- Constellation proves

Werb ’10 (Bob, Space Frontier Foundation Chairman, “Real Socialism in America,” Andrew Muo

The word “socialism” has been bandied about a lot during the last year and applied to many situations that are a long way from the traditional understanding of the word: vesting full control over the means of production in government. It has been used to describe proposed and enacted changes to laws about health care, cap and trade, corporate bailouts, financial regulation, education, and even middle class tax cuts. While it may well be rational to argue that any increase in the size, power, or impact of government advances us on “the road to socialism,” the same thing can be said about the Patriot Act, No Child Left Behind or the vast majority of other laws enacted by Congress during the last 221 years. Interestingly there is a change being proposed by the Obama administration that deals with a government program where full control of the means of production is already in government hands – and the Obama team wants to change that. That’s right. In at least one instance, Barack Obama wants to put America on the road to capitalism. The program in question is called Constellation, NASA’s failed plan for a government designed, owned and operated repeat of the Apollo program. Every detail of this plan originates from within a government bureaucracy. Private sector participation is limited to carrying out the terms of extremely detailed contracts. Every material used, the thread on every bolt, and the color of the paint is to be precisely specified. Once built, the various parts of the Constellation system are to be operated from government facilities and by government employees. (The solid rocket boosters that are strapped onto the Space Shuttle offer a vivid example of how we currently conduct human spaceflight; according to Space News “Kent Rominger, a former space shuttle astronaut now with Alliant Techsystems of Minneapolis, said the space shuttle solid-rocket boosters his employer builds for NASA must meet some 32,000 individual requirements spelled out in 110 separate documents totaling 17,000 pages.” Not only is the Obama Administration proposing ending this socialist boondoggle, they want to use a big chunk of the money saved to promote competition among private sector players who are to both own and control the means of production, with government’s role limited to buying needed services and maintaining a regulatory environment that is to encourage innovation while protecting public safety. This economic system is commonly called “capitalism.”

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