NASA Policy AA, Ladwig Agrees Sen. Glenn Shouldn't Fly
Imagine my surprise to get a reply (especially this one attached below)
from Alan Ladwig <aladwig@xxxxxxxxxxx>, Dan Goldin's Policy expert
regarding Sen. Glenn's upcoming shuttle flight. I hate to do this to
Ladwig for just being honest about his opposition to Sen. Glenn's
flight, but he has done his share of NASA's dirty work.
I encourage any of you press types (and Congressional types) to contact
Mr. Ladwig regarding the details of this deal. Maybe Sen. Thompson
would like to put him under oath. Maybe Sen. Glenn should accompany his
old pal Chuck Keatting to jail
instead of astronauts into space.
PS: Although NASA (the White House) may have offered up a bone by
granting teacher, Barbara Morgan a flight, we as outraged citizens
should not let NASA, the White House, NIA or Sen. Glenn off the hook on
this gross abuse of power.
Alan M. Ladwig wrote:
> Mark --
> Since I lost the battle on this one, it is my responsibilty to support the
> NASA position. However, I agree with the points in your note to Karen.
> Alan Ladwig
> Associate Administrator for Policy and Plans
>Mark Reiff wrote:
>> A reasonable response. But why is NSS mincing words here?
>> It is obvious to everyone that this is pure political quid-pro-quo by
>> the White House for Sen. Glenn's disgraceful performance in the Senate's
>> campaign finance reform hearings.
>> The question should be asked of the White House, "how much real aging,
>> cancer, etc. research will be cut from NIH's budget in order to pay for
>> Sen. Glen's space junket?
>> You are correct that this is a slap in the face to the American people
>> who will now see NASA as the political tool that it is. Hopefully NSS
>> will send a stronger message to the White House, NASA Headquarters, the
>> NIH and Sen. Glenn's office asking them to reconsider this patently bad
>> idea. Sen. Glenn once had our admiration for his accomplishments in
>> space. It would be a shame for that to be overshadowed by such a
>> blatent abuse of power.
>> Mark Reiff
>> PS: If Sen. Glenn really want's to go into space again, I'm sure
>> Celestis would oblige him.
Mark Reiff <mreiff1@xxxxxxxxxx>
Gratuitous political statement, look here ->
"I think we are all trying too hard to push space
versus finding the pulls that attract people and their money."
"The heavens reward great deeds, not excuses."