NASA and NewSpace to suffer under sequestration

This kind of gives you an idea of the broad reach of what will happen if, at the end of next week, Congress isn’t able to cook up another deal to punt decision-making another month or year or whatever down the road:

Spaceflight Now — That’s if Congress and the White House don’t act to avoid the across-the-board cuts, which will be automatically triggered at the end of next week without a compromise on how to deal with the federal government’s budget deficit. NASA would lose about $894 million from its current budget outlook in the period between March 1 and Sept. 30, the end of fiscal year 2013.

According to a letter to the chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee from NASA Administrator Charles Bolden, the space agency’s commercial crew program would suffer the brunt of the budget cuts. By the second half of 2013, NASA says it will be unable to make payments to companies working on private spaceships under the agency’s commercial crew program.

You might think NASA can spend its money how it wants and manage the cuts how it sees fit. Well, you’d be wrong. Like many agencies, Congress micromanages where every NASA dollar goes.This same thing is playing out in pretty much every department in the government affecting every aspect of the economy. Since everyone has a fave program, and one they detest more than others, there’s ostensibly good news and bad news in the sequester. But what we are really doing is damaging our country and economy with yet another pissing contest provided by House wing nuts who have cultivated a base using Obama Derangement Syndrome and now must pretend they truly believe the President is a Kenyan Muslin Socialist Traitor if not downright Satanic.

It means that as long as this charade keeps up and we lurch from one crisis to another, the only government-community projects we can engage in are those which are short term one shot deals or already in place. We basically can’t plan, as a nation, on doing anything new, not if it  will take more than a few months to complete.