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Aug 13 2014

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Establishment Republicans…just Democrats-lite

This is just disgusting.

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Here’s the deal: SpaceX, as you may know, is making good on its promise to make access to space cheaper and more reliable. Their Falcon 9 rocket is putting payloads into orbit for less money than the big government contractors charge.

As one might expect, government officials who have such contractors in their own districts and states are unhappy with this. And apparently some are willing to smear SpaceX as retribution.

Three House members—Mike Coffman (R-Colo.), Mo Brooks (R-Ala.), and Cory Gardner (R-Colo.)—have sent a memo to NASA demanding that the agency investigate what they call “an epidemic of anomalies” with SpaceX missions.

This is ridiculous for many reasons. For example, the congressmen say that SpaceX should be accountable to the American taxpayer, but in fact as a contractor the rules are different for them than they would be if NASA themselves built the rockets, just as the rules are for Boeing or any other contractor. In fact, as reported by Space News, NASA didn’t actually pay for the development of the Falcon 9; Elon Musk did.

That’s why this whole thing looks to me to be a transparent attempt from members of our Congress to hinder a privately owned company that threatens their own interests. I’ll note that Boeing (the major SLS contractor) has a big plant in Alabama, Brooks’ (and Shelby’s) home state, and United Launch Alliance has its HQ in Colorado, home to Gardner and Coffman (it’s even in Coffman’s district). This sounds more like they’re trying to protect their own turf more than honestly wanting transparency from SpaceX.

You know what it is when the Government picks winners and losers, claims certain companies are “too big to fail”, and such? The particular brand of Socialism called Fascism.

If the Republican party ever assumed the role of “small business champion” and/or “the free-market party”, then we might actually have real choices to make every election day. Unfortunately, the [establishment] elephants are no better than the jackasses when it comes to Big Business…and we all suffer for it.

Mike Coffman, Mo Brooks, and Cory Gardner: You are all dead to me politically, and I will financially support your primary opponents in 2016, 2018, 2020…however long it takes to get you removed from office. Rot in hell, you liberty-squelching hacks.

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