I know it’s been a while since I’ve blogged last, but here’s a gem from our favorite friend from Planet Strawman.
This morning he asked whether Obama’s statement that he wants to revitalize NASA represents a flip-flop from his previous position of postponing Constellation. I had emailed him (after clarifying that I had no intention of voting for Obama) saying that “it is quite possible to both believe in gutting Constellation and at the same time revitalizing NASA. The two are not mutually incompatible at all.”
Gracious, while this doesn’t come close to believing six impossible things before breakfast, as the White Queen in Alice in Wonderland suggests, it comes at least two impossible things close to it. The first is that one can revitalize the space agency by gutting its primary mission. The second is that Barack Obama cares a fig about revitalizing anything except the liberal welfare state.
Now dear reader, my first question is, where did I ever state that I believed that “Obama cares a fig about revitalizing anything but the liberal welfare state”?
Second, the term revitalize means to give new life or new vigor to something. If someone states that they don’t think NASA’s doing a very good job anymore of inspiring people, and thinks they’re headed down the wrong track, why is it a flip-flop or inconsistent or crazy to believe that making major changes to what NASA is doing and how it’s doing it could “revitalize” it. Quite frankly, if you’re not happy with what NASA is doing, you’re probably not happy with its primary program (VSE was a mission, Constellation is a program–there’s a difference). Giving more money to a program like Constellation and expecting a different result seems closer to the definition of insanity in my opinion.
Update: Now, demonstrating his Psychology skilz, Mark declares that I went “ballistic” in this post…and that it demonstrates “blind rage, and hatred”. All I can say is: heh.
I’m sorry for wasting all your time with this post. It’s just too much fun to tweak Mark and watch him make an idiot of himself. I’ll grow up.