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Black Holes and Launching Pigs

Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) named Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Alabama) it’s June 2010 Porker of the Month. The award is a “dubious honor” for politicians or government officials “who have shown a blatant disregard for the interests of taxpayers, according to a CAGW press release.

Shelby is Ranking Member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice and Science, and was named “for blocking the Obama administration’s attempts to eliminate funding for the Constellation program, a National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) program which is chronically behind schedule and over budget.” The Constellation program was initiated under former President George W. Bush, and would be “NASA’s first major foray back into space.” CAGW points out, though:

“. . . However, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) has criticized NASA’s management of the program, saying that it “is still struggling to develop a solid business case - including firm requirements, mature technologies, a knowledge-based acquisition strategy, a realistic cost estimate, and sufficient funding and time - needed to justify moving the Constellation program forward into the implementation phase…NASA estimates that Ares I and Orion represent up to $49 billion of the over $97 billion estimated to be spent on the Constellation program through 2020 . . . .”

CAGW explains awarding the dubious honor this way:

“For launching pigs into space and contributing to the black hole of deficit spending, CAGW names Sen. Richard Shelby its June 2010 Porker of the Month.”

CAGW has joined with Reason.tv to co-produce this Porker of the Month video series. You can see it at either Big Government or Reason.com. Then take a few moments to call Sen. Shelby’s office (202-224-5744) to voice your opinion about the Constellation program.

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