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Obama's budget cut of the current space program affects me two ways - first, Marty is working on the Orion Project (big impact, hello!), second, space exploration is absolutely awe-inspiring to me. I like sci-fi, I like space, I like NASA. I tend to be more Libertarian when it comes to my views on the government but it's funny because I also support NASA so you can't really be Libertarian if you support a government-funded entity, right? I donno. There's debate on privatizing space exploration and honestly, I don't have faith in it right now. Maybe later in the future, but not right now.

I wrote to my congressmen today.

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Dear *****,

I'm a current resident of Slidell, Louisiana. I work for Tulane University in downtown New Orleans and my husband is an engineer for Lockheed Martin at the Michoud Facility in East New Orleans. We have only lived here for a year and a half but we bought a house and we have made Louisiana our home.

With the news of Obama's budget cutting out the NASA moon plan comes great worry. My husband is on the team for the Orion project and so are many, many of our friends.

At this point we are not sure of the future, we thought we had stability but with the announcement of the budget cuts, that stability is lost. If the Orion project is cut, so are the jobs. Clearly with the cut of the whole Constellation project are the loss of many, many jobs nationwide. I thought Obama was planning to create jobs, not destroy them?

If the Orion project is cut, what will take place at Michoud Facility? Will anything be going on at the Michoud Facility? How will that affect New Orleans?

So many questions and uncertainty. That's part of life, but as a representative I am asking you to question the budget.

Yes, I agree the budget needs to be cut, but does it have to adversely affect my family and friends and the community itself? So I'm worried. I'm worried for my family, my friends, and for everyone working on the space program in Florida, Louisiana, Alabama, and Texas.

Sincerely,

Christine Van Assche

Date: 2010-02-01 08:30 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] count-to-seven.livejournal.com
Good on you. You know my views here <3

Date: 2010-02-01 11:26 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tiney.livejournal.com
Marty talked to his boss and we shouldn't panic yet. Lockheed has got lobbyists (of course!) and certain congressmen on our side so they'll fight it. Even if Obama's budget passes, Marty's job isn't in danger for about a year. So at least we have some time to prepare. At this point we'll just see what happens.

Date: 2010-02-01 08:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] reignofjade.livejournal.com
Good luck.

Date: 2010-02-01 10:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cheshireninja.livejournal.com
I've lost all my faith in NASA. I was promised a jetpack in 2010, dammit! >(

Date: 2010-02-01 10:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] halimeade.livejournal.com
I understand where you are coming from, and it sucks : / The federal government has to cut spending somewhere (the totally unbalanced budget is proof of that) but when they do, SOMEONE is going to be affected. People are going to lose jobs, period. The fed is a huge employer in this country, directly and indirectly. So how to do you value those jobs, who gets to keep theirs and who loses? How can you reconcile the need for less spending but a need for more jobs? I guess the supposition is that the private sector should move in and fill the need. It can't be a win-win for everyone. Just thinking about it makes me morose.

Best wishes for you and Marty. And for NASA. We'll see what happens.

Date: 2010-02-01 11:35 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tiney.livejournal.com
Yeah, to be honest, even if something does happen to Marty's job, I figure Lockheed will either transfer him or he'd find another job and I don't think it'd be hard for him, BUT, in either of those events I'm sure we'll have to move and we just bought the house cause we figured we'd be here awhile. Oh well, we'll see what happens.

Date: 2010-02-02 02:54 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] liselaime.livejournal.com
Quite honestly, I wouldn't care at all if Obama cut funding for the entire space program except that I have a selfish personal investment because of you and Marty. So I don't want it cut. On ethical, non-personal grounds, though, it really ought to be privatized. :>

I hope everything works out for you guys so that you can stay in New Orleans in your lovely, remodeled new house, which we are going to see in August...

Date: 2010-02-02 03:13 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tiney.livejournal.com
Yeah well, there are private companies and they haven't done shit. :P I was going to say that with Obama's plan, if the government is going to contract these 'private' companies to do the job, how is that any different from what they're doing now with Lockheed Martin and Boeing? But I get what you mean in that you wish that space exploration would be completely privatized. Anyways, I'm not Libertarian anymores. XD I'm Independent, it's just easier cause then I just believe what I believe and that's it without labeling myself.

Date: 2010-02-02 03:29 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] liselaime.livejournal.com
I waver between being an anarcho-capitalist and being entirely apathetic, so I get where you're coming from. :) Nothing I believe is ever going to occur in our society, so it's somewhat pointless to advocate for it. I certainly don't support Obama's plan; he's just going to take the space money and spend it on stupid things.

Date: 2010-02-02 04:54 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ayashii.livejournal.com
Don't worry girl, there are still other countries that haven't given up. You can fly in space with me on the Russian space shuttle. <3

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