Post Election Analysis (Short Version)

Democratic Socialists of AmericaIn the November 2012 presidential election, I believe the people of the United States made a choice to move away from our founding principles and personal liberty and move towards collectivism in a way similar to the European socialist nations. I also believe the voters, unknowingly, moved us closer to globalism, where our leaders are slowly but steadily surrendering bits of our sovereignty to world organizations like the United Nations.

The current political environment will lend to a rapid expansion of government that will increase our debt, raise our taxes and continue to squeeze our free market economy. It is the ever expanding size of government that is the core threat to our way of life. The founders were very careful to give the federal government a limited role because they knew the risks of a government expanding out of control. Such is the case now. How can anyone look at the National debt at 16 trillion and climbing, demand for more revenue in the form of higher taxes and the massive expansion of government programs, and not believe that our federal government is expanding out of control.

The balance that our founders incorporated into our founding documents was the balance between personal liberty and federal power. Now that government is once again rapidly expanding in size, scope and reach, we will need to change our voting behavior or we will find our liberties and our national treasure dwindling away.

NASA’s Constellation Program / US Leadership

NASA’s Constellation Program / Why it should have never been scrapped

“We choose to go to the moon. We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one which we intend to win, and the others, too.”

— President John F. Kennedy, September 12, 1962

Will the Unites States surrender its leadership role in every conceivable area of importance?

Ares lHeavy Liift VehicleCongress should have demanded the re-authorization of the Constellation Program the moment it was cancelled. It is good that the private sector is getting involved with manned space initiatives, but the NASA manned space programs should have never been allowed to lapse. The Shuttle program should have been extended until a replacement system was ready to fly. And that replacement system should be something similar to the Constellation program which was a heavy lift transportation system that could accommodate: transport to the international space station, the construction of a lunar outpost, and a manned mission to Mars.

Beyond the obvious, of being able to fly ourselves to the Space Station, maintaining the infrastructure and programs necessary for space leadership continuity and maintenance of military, commercial and scientific space projects and research, there are other extremely important reasons why the Constellation program should have been funded.

It is a very sad fact that a history of disastrous policies like this one de-funding our space program has left our nation on the brink of surrendering our super power status. In addition to cutting wasteful spending and pumping up the environment for American business, there are some extremely important actions that must be taken if we are to climb out of this huge economic hole we find ourselves in. We are going to need something like the information age explosion to give our next generation of entrepreneurs and business people something they can latch onto and explosively create the next economic boom cycle. The moon shot program funded the science and provided incentive to turn that science into engineerable technologies like the microprocessor. The moon shot program very well could be the single antecedent to our last great economy.

This could happen again, with innovation providing the business world with the cutting edge tools to allow the next economic up cycle to become an explosive economic boom cycle. The United States is going to need an explosive boom cycle to offset our disastrous economic condition and our huge debt crisis.

The Constellation program, including the Orion Crew Exploration Vehicle, should have been fully funded and reauthorized for the missions proposed by President Bush. Keep the United States at the forefront of space science and space exploration. Our present and our future depend upon it.

Decline by Design

Decline by Design – Will We Lose Our Nation through Attrition?

An individual, a businesTime is Running Outs or a nation has to reach beyond what is perceived as achievable or even possible in order to realize innovation and prosperity. The mindset that a nation can go beyond perceived barriers and access limitless undiscovered and untapped wealth is the mindset that powers a nation’s future. In contrast, the present day United States and much of the world are moving into the future with a mindset of limits, scarcity and creative poverty. Many future publications, including the Global 2025 report, have predicted a future with the United States in decline and thus being eclipsed by China and other projected rising nations.

This Global 2025 document was prepared by The National Intelligence Council (NIC). The National Intelligence Council is the Intelligence Community’s center for midterm and long-term strategic thinking. If all of our up and coming policy makers are crafting policy relative to the premise of our nation’s inevitable decline, we are evermore likely to experience this decline as a self fulfilling prophecy. Where is the companion document US Blue Print for sustained global pre-eminence for the next century”? When there seems to be a consensus for an undesirable outcome, how can we hope to overcome that outcome without implementing a counter plan and call to action. Continue reading