Newt's Big Ideas
No one, on the left or the right, cannot say that Newt Gingrich does not have a genuine passion for American space flight. Newt is one of those people who just has a genuine passion and love for space. More importantly, he has "begun" to lay out a vision for what he thinks is the vision for this decade should be. If you have not heard his speech on NASA and American space exploration and settlement, you may watch it here.
Mr. Gingrich's bold ideas challenge the status quo that is infecting the 9th floor at NASA Headquarters. Moreover, Newt touched on a theme that we at TEA Party in Space have railed against: the inefficiencies of the government bureaucracies. This is not an attack on the people working at NASA, this is what the system is set up to do. What Mr. Gingrich correctly points out is that the system is broken. We are relying on a system to get astronauts to the ISS that has had three failures in the last six months. We are watching the Chinese lay out plans to overtake us in space and our arrogant politicians simply scoff it aside.
NASA doesn't have a clue on how to achieve Mr. Gingrich's ideas and vision of a moon base, but this company does. And this isn't just pie in the sky.
We have private entrepreneurs who are investing their fortunes into spaceflight. Hundreds of millions of dollars, of their personal wealth, doing more with less and having better results in the process. This is the model that must be endorsed by NASA and political leaders and then enacted. Mr. Gingrich articulates a vision that TPIS supports entirely.
But now comes the interesting part for Mr. Gingrich. He must articulate his vision in a way that will not only sway NASA leaders but also politicians who "bring home the bacon" to their states and districs. The bacon, of course, is prized NASA dollars that have been flowing to the same districts and same states for decades. It can be done.
Mr. Gingrich says his vision will create more jobs in the aerospace sector, we agree Mr. Speaker, but how?
Mr. Gingrich says his vision will create more indirect jobs around the aerospace sector, we agree Mr. Speaker, but how?
It is not enough for TPIS to explain the logic behind Mr. Gingrich's ideas, we need the candidate to do so and we know he can... Hopefully it starts tonight in the debate.