No Space Pork!
As part of IFL's participation in the Competitive Space Task Force, NoSpacePork.com is proud to present an incredible video which does a tremendous job of summing up the issues surrounding private enterprise and space:
On February 8, 2011, coinciding with the 40th Anniversary of Alan Shepherd's historic Apollo 14 Flight, the Competitive Space Task Force held its inaugural press conference, featuring former member of Congress, Robert Walker. IFL President Andrew Langer spoke on the history of exploration, and the transition from state-sponsored exploration to commercially-sponsored exploration, and the vital role the entrepreneurial spirit plays in advancing the quest to expand frontiers. Andrew's speech can be found here:
The Initial Announcement for No Space Pork
The Institute for Liberty is proud to announce its new initiative: NO SPACE PORK!
Combining its interest in technology policy with its role as a watchdog over federal spending, IFL is turning its focus to America's space program. The organization is partnering with groups like Citizens Against Government Waste and other organizations to ensure that America maintains its historic role as a leader--not wasting money, and not ceding any ground to our competitors abroad.
On September 21, 2010, IFL held a press conference on Capitol Hill (video to be uploaded soon!:
We also issued the following press release:
No Space Pork!
Activist Group Delivers Thousands of Constituent Letters to Capitol Hill
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Institute for Liberty, a Washington, D.C.-based advocacy organization, delivered thousands of constituent letters to Capitol Hill today, directed at two embattled members of Congress and their lack of fiscal restraint. U.S. Representatives Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ8) and Alan Grayson (D-FL8) both have voiced support for HR5781, the NASA Authorization Act of 2010. Their constituents are urging these members to oppose this bill, which adds billions of unnecessary pork-barrel dollars to NASA’s budget, over the objections of the Senate and leading space scientists.
“The bill is worse than a sham,” said Andrew Langer, President of IFL. “It is a travesty of incredible proportions. Despite the advice of Nobel Prize winners and Buzz Aldrin, Congressman Giffords is continuing to support worthless programs at NASA, programs that have not gotten us any closer to our goals in space, while continuing to outsource our manned space flights to Russia!”
IFL took their message to the people of Arizona’s 8th and Florida’s 8th congressional districts early last week, polling households and asking for permission to send letters on their behalf. Thousands agreed to lend their names to the effort, inundating both offices with messages of opposition.
“Pork is pork, as far as Americans are concerned,” Langer continued. “While people continue to be enthusiastic about the nation’s space program, they want that money spent wisely, on concrete and measurable goals that will be historic. But this bill, and the vision it endorses, go against all that. We say, ‘No Space Pork!’ and will continue to fight hard to ensure that!”
The Institute for Liberty is a non-profit policy organization, involved in grassroots activism. It focuses on small business, entrepreneurship, and federal public policy. You can find out more on the web at http://www.instituteforliberty.org, and coming soon, NoSpacePork.com.
We urge everyone to keep coming back to NoSpacePork.com, and to take a look at the website of our fellowtravelers: ReformSpaceNow.com