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Rockets, doughnuts could face ax in US budget cuts
Yahoo ^ | 2/11/11 | Kerry Sheridan - AFP

Posted on 02/11/2011 12:08:04 PM PST by NormsRevenge

WASHINGTON (AFP) – Hundreds of millions of US taxpayer dollars have been wasted on everything from doughnuts to rockets, auditors told Congress Thursday as budget-minded lawmakers prepared to slash science funding.

For example, hundreds of millions of dollars are being spent each month on a NASA program to return Americans to the moon, even though the US space agency, Congress and President Barack Obama have agreed not to proceed with it.

Old, rundown buildings are draining 300 million dollars a year from NASA in repair costs alone, and at least one space telescope project has run billions over budget, more than four times initial estimates.

The National Science Foundation, a 6.9 billion dollar federal agency that disperses grants to researchers, also came under the microscope as the House of Representatives held hearings on how to get rid of waste and fraud.

NSF is spending 500,000 dollars per year on refreshments at meetings, even though attendees are already compensated for food and other expenses, Inspector General Allison Lerner said.

Other problems include the way the agency spends half of its budget for contracts, or 204 million dollars, on pay-in-advance schemes in which contractors get paid ahead of time whether the work is finished or not.

"The risk of fraud, waste and abuse by NSF contractors will continue to be high until NSF implements fully adequate cost surveillance procedures," she told the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Science, State, Justice and Commerce.

A recent audit of large construction projects undertaken by NSF revealed more than 169 million dollars in "unallowable contingency costs," because "no barriers existed to prevent the funds from being drawn down in advance," she said.

"I am beginning to think it is a very sloppy operation out there," said Congressman Frank Wolf, the Republican chair of the subcommittee.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: budget; budgetcuts; cuts; doughnuts; nasa; nsf; rockets; taxes

1 posted on 02/11/2011 12:08:08 PM PST by NormsRevenge
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To: NormsRevenge

NOT THE DONUTS! HAVE YOU GONE INSANE! :)


2 posted on 02/11/2011 12:10:32 PM PST by deadrock (Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle. Philo)
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The National Science Foundation, a 6.9 billion dollar federal agency that disperses grants to researchers, ..

*-?

6.9 BILLION ??

“grants to researchers”. LOLOL

I’m gonna have a doughnut for that one..


3 posted on 02/11/2011 12:10:58 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard .. Obama: Epic Fail or Bust!!!)
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To: NormsRevenge
For example, hundreds of millions of dollars are being spent each month on a NASA program to return Americans to the moon

Kill it!! Drive a stake through its heart, cut off its head and bury the body at a crossroads. Although if Reid, Pelosi , and 0bama were going ...

4 posted on 02/11/2011 12:12:36 PM PST by from occupied ga (Your most dangerous enemy is your own government,)
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To: NormsRevenge

Moochelle should be all over this!.....................


5 posted on 02/11/2011 12:14:09 PM PST by Red Badger (Want to be surprised? Google your own name. Want to have fun? Google your friend's names.....)
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To: DEADROCK
Ya could buy a lot of doughnuts in place of one of these altho
it would be fun to look at what it sees 'out there';
(probably our debt ceiling in a few hundred years.)

This NASA artist's rendition received in 2007 shows the James Webb Space Telescope, a large infrared telescope with a 6.5-meter primary mirror. The James Webb Space Telescope, has careened billions of dollars over budget and needs 500 million dollars more to be completed by 2015. (AFP/NASA/File)


6 posted on 02/11/2011 12:15:30 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard .. Obama: Epic Fail or Bust!!!)
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To: NormsRevenge

Shut it down. NASA is a frill a bankrupt nation can no longer afford.


7 posted on 02/11/2011 12:16:30 PM PST by kittymyrib
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To: from occupied ga

....and the rocket’s red glare!
the doughnuts bursting in air!
gave proof thru the night,
that the government was still there................


8 posted on 02/11/2011 12:19:59 PM PST by Red Badger (Want to be surprised? Google your own name. Want to have fun? Google your friend's names.....)
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To: kittymyrib
Shut it down. NASA is a frill a bankrupt nation can no longer afford.

This is not the NASA that went to the moon anyway. This is a NASA that "reaches out" to jihadis and spends major bux on bogus environmental "research".

9 posted on 02/11/2011 12:21:18 PM PST by thulldud (Is it "alter or abolish" time yet?)
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To: kittymyrib
Shut it down. NASA is a frill a bankrupt nation can no longer afford.

WHAT? Don't you know that "Man's future is in space." < /SARCASM>

I agree. Let those who want to be space cadets voluntarily fund NASA, and then let NASA live within THAT budget.

10 posted on 02/11/2011 12:23:13 PM PST by from occupied ga (Your most dangerous enemy is your own government,)
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To: NormsRevenge

The GISS needs lots of attention from the budget axe, 100% attention!


11 posted on 02/11/2011 12:24:05 PM PST by Brett66 (Where government advances, and it advances relentlessly , freedom is imperiled -Janice Rogers Brown)
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To: Red Badger

lol


12 posted on 02/11/2011 12:27:01 PM PST by from occupied ga (Your most dangerous enemy is your own government,)
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To: DEADROCK

The Republicans can cut anything they want from the budget as far as I am concerned. There’s nothing currently that doesn’t need to be cut.

The more people that are unemployed from government the quicker the economic turnaround, and job growth for all.


13 posted on 02/11/2011 12:28:50 PM PST by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists, call 'em what you will, they ALL have fairies livin' in their trees.)
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To: from occupied ga; kittymyrib
Shut it down. NASA is a frill a bankrupt nation can no longer afford.

WHAT? Don't you know that "Man's future is in space." < /SARCASM> I agree. Let those who want to be space cadets voluntarily fund NASA, and then let NASA live within THAT budget.

Sadly, you both are right. I was a big supporter of NASA. The benefits of NASA when it was a science based organization were numerous. Now that NASA is merely a political tool, and we're broke anyway. Shut it down, scrap it. Sell the parts.
14 posted on 02/11/2011 12:30:53 PM PST by brownsfan (D - swift death of the republic, R - lingering death for the republic.)
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To: NormsRevenge

Think a moment about what you are killing. These programs support the technical traction this country has struggled over 50 years to build. This technical and engineering base have developed many products currently supporting the US economy. Now in a fit of spendthrift you are going to throw the baby out with the bathwater.

Better think carefully.


15 posted on 02/11/2011 12:32:51 PM PST by Ben Mugged (Your refusing to accept the facts doesn't change the facts. Matt Dillon)
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To: NormsRevenge

any mention of congressmen’s pork? any cutting of research of why a faces west to take a leak? no way


16 posted on 02/11/2011 12:35:03 PM PST by dalebert
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To: NormsRevenge
Just don't deprive the cops. A happy cop is a good cop. Photobucket
17 posted on 02/11/2011 12:35:10 PM PST by Ronald_Magnus
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To: NormsRevenge
"I am beginning to think it is a very sloppy operation out there," said Congressman Frank Wolf, the Republican chair of the subcommittee.

And it took you this long? Seriously?
18 posted on 02/11/2011 12:36:00 PM PST by Svartalfiar
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To: NormsRevenge

No money spent on doughnuts is ever wasted.


19 posted on 02/11/2011 12:41:29 PM PST by righttackle44 (I may not be much, but I raised a U.S. Marine.)
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To: NormsRevenge

Good. Maybe the USAF JAG Corps will cancel the annual Keystone Leadership Summit this year. Lots of money spent on too much of the same old thing, year after year.

Colonel, USAFR


20 posted on 02/11/2011 12:42:13 PM PST by jagusafr ("We hold these truths to be self-evident...")
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To: Ben Mugged

There are far far worse ways to spend tax money.


21 posted on 02/11/2011 12:44:23 PM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: righttackle44

If MY money is going to buy Hansen’s doughnuts, that’s a WASTE. :p


22 posted on 02/11/2011 12:45:59 PM PST by Politicalmom (America-The Land of the Sheep, the Home of the Caved.)
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To: Politicalmom

LOL.


23 posted on 02/11/2011 12:46:39 PM PST by righttackle44 (I may not be much, but I raised a U.S. Marine.)
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To: NormsRevenge
For example, hundreds of millions of dollars are being spent each month on a NASA program to return Americans to the moon, even though the US space agency, Congress and President Barack Obama have agreed not to proceed with it.

Old, rundown buildings are draining 300 million dollars a year from NASA in repair costs alone, and at least one space telescope project has run billions over budget, more than four times initial estimates.

There is a correlation between investment in R&D and improvements in technology. I would be very careful in further eroding the capabilities of NASA. The Hubble Telescope is costly but it has advanced our knowledge of the universe a hundredfold.

We should be investing 10% of GDP in R&D, but we are at less than one quarter of 1%. Be careful lest you wipe out any hope for the next generations of Americans; we already have enslaved our grandchildren with debt.

Better to get rid of UN, HUD, EPA, NPR, and many, many other useless, unproductive programs, than to wipe out our future by further degrading investment in R&D.

24 posted on 02/11/2011 12:59:53 PM PST by olezip
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To: NormsRevenge
For example, hundreds of millions of dollars are being spent each month on a NASA program to return Americans to the moon, even though the US space agency, Congress and President Barack Obama have agreed not to proceed with it.

Oh, naturally. Lets hack up NASA and turn whats left of it into Muslim outreach and elementary school propaganda, and lets keep intact the enormous runup in the rest of the budget which is just lathered in pork and BS, like Dept of Commerce, Education, Agriculture, HUD, and so on.

Low hanging fruit where you dont have to fight the huge collection of welfare and unionized dependents... Oh, and note that it was Obambi who slashed off a trip to the moon, not Congress. Thanks for the propaganda missive, Yahoo.

25 posted on 02/11/2011 1:18:34 PM PST by Nonstatist
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To: Ben Mugged
I'm with you on this one.

Look at the technological advances that have come out of the space program.

26 posted on 02/11/2011 1:22:25 PM PST by painter (No wonder democrats don't mind taxes.THEY DON'T PAY THEM !)
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To: NormsRevenge
at least one space telescope project has run billions over budget, more than four times initial estimates.

And yet the Hubble Space Telescope has been out there doing the job it was designed for, since 1990.

27 posted on 02/11/2011 1:58:03 PM PST by Graybeard58 (Of course Obama loves his country. The thing is, Sarah loves mine.)
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To: NormsRevenge
If IsSocial(Program) Then
  Program.Delete
Else
  Program.Evaluate
End IF

Maybe when people have had enough, it will be that simple....again.
(Ok, so I'm making up my own programming constructs...sue me.)

28 posted on 02/11/2011 2:31:40 PM PST by domeika
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To: olezip
I agree with you, if we can get NASA back to what it is suppose to do. That is study and explore space. Get rid of the PC reaching out to the muslims crap. The technology we got out of the space program has helped us be leaders in the world. There is a reason china is spending alot of money on space exploration.
29 posted on 02/11/2011 3:11:17 PM PST by armordog99
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