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Federal Job Decreation Initiatives: What Happened to the 2009 ARRA Stimulus Bill!

October 1, 2010

Somewhere along the lines, my signals got crossed. It was thought the 2009 ARRA, American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, was to stimulate the economy and create jobs. In FEMA’s own words, “The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), signed into law by President Obama on Feb. 19, 2009 was designed to jumpstart the U.S. economy, create or save millions of jobs and address national needs-while supporting unprecedented levels of transparency, oversight and accountability.”

On September 30, 2010, Congress passed legislation that mandates “NASA to turn to private companies to launch astronauts into space, while it starts work on a larger rocket for travel to more distant destinations — an asteroid, perhaps, and eventually Mars.” This new bill, which will be signed into Law by President Obama, translates into:

“More than 1,200 NASA workers will be laid off Friday (October 1, 2010)  ……..”

“……. more than 9,000 shuttle workers will lose their jobs.”

On top of this, Lori Graves, NASA’s deputy administrator, said Thursday “she didn’t believe the bill would affect planned layoffs, “certainly not for tomorrow.”  Her statement to the press is ridiculous at best. It would have been nice to know if the bill will stimulate long-term job growth and what new technologies.

Lori’s covert play on words was a matter of “planned layoffs,” rather than “layoffs.” 

While Blue Ribbon Panels and oversight committees generally support this legislation, it is difficult to understand how America who shortly will rely on Russian lifters to get American’s to the multibillion dollar pace station that has an additional 5-year lease on life till 2020, will benefit from a large number of layoffs in our core competency of space and technology.

The list of amazing space related technologies that improved the lives of every of American in almost endless, including but not limited to the residential, commercial and industrial sectors of our economy as well as computer, bioscience, renewable energy, sustainable energy, environmental, safety and humanitarian technologies.

In closing, thank you Uncle Sam for leading us on the path of contradictions with no light insight for your political rather than people sake.

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