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  •  It is possible that if we stop spending (3+ / 0-)
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    DFWmom, mickslam, Vladislaw

    $10 billion a month in Iraq, we could spend a little here.

    •  lol exactly (2+ / 0-)
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      Shhs, voracious

      You would think that at least one republican might be able to make this connection, but apparently not.

      I am repeating myself, and thats ok.

      by mickslam on Sun Jan 11, 2009 at 10:46:35 AM PST

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    •  I would like to see that 10 billion (1+ / 0-)
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      Moved towards the creation of a commercial space economy for America. If we want jobs of the 21st century we should move a TINY amount, like 5 billion a month, towards creating infrastructure that requires math and science and provides inspiration to our youth.

      That may, to some, sound like a lot of money towards space spending, but it would still be far short of what America spent on Apollo and the creation of more engineers then we knew what do to with when it ended.

      I would not like to see it go towards "big aerospace" government pork projects but towards building a commercial space economy that is the true engine of job creation, not gov.

      •  Kill H1B visas (2+ / 0-)
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        palantir, Vladislaw

        If you want engineers here, then you have to kill H1B.     Corporations won't bother to hire entry level and train if they can rely on someone else to do it.  

      •  that and (3+ / 0-)
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        we need to make engineering a profitable career.  Look at what engineers make.  It is pathetic compared to the value they add.  $100K a year?  A decent financial salesperson makes that, for less work.  A good financial salesperson makes $200K-$300K+, even in todays economy.  

        I am repeating myself, and thats ok.

        by mickslam on Sun Jan 11, 2009 at 11:04:33 AM PST

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      •  I was just at a fundraiser for a local science (1+ / 0-)
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        organization last night which featured the premiere of a PBS documentary about 400 years of the telescope.

        A speaker there said that Bush had plans for big investment in the space program but when 9/11 happened, it was put on hold. (by "on hold" I'm sure he meant scrapped)

        I haven't seen any evidence in 8 years that the Republicans have any interest in science.

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