Obama 'appears' to be focusing jobs creation in areas that are not technology based mostly infrastructure maintenance. Those that benefit from these jobs will be either union and/or government positions. Nothing yet to the private sector.
On the other hand the president is putting NASA on a monetary diet.. jobs that are highly skilled, technology based and warrant new R&D efforts which have proven to create/boost industries which helped catapult the US into it's current leading position.
When one looks at WHO will get these jobs and WHO will be excluded.. combined with the daily shrinking level of WHO will be taxed.. some may come to the conclusion that these pieces only lead to class (in some cases racial) based programs.
We cannot deny what the Kennedy era commitment to NASA did to this country and wonder why that cannot happen again.
WASHINGTON -- The administration of U.S. President Barack Obama is canceling NASA's current space shuttle replacement- and lunar exploration-plan and is prepared to fight any congressional effort to save it, the nation's top budget official said Jan. 31.
The president's budget, officially sent to Congress Monday morning, confirms what officials had stated during a teleconference with reporters one day before: White House Office of Management and Budget Director Peter Orszag and White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer stated Obama's plan to kill NASA's Constellation program, a five-year-old effort to replace the aging space shuttle fleet with new rockets and spacecraft optimized to return astronauts to the Moon.
"...[W]e are proposing a cancellation of the Constellation program at NASA even while making other investments in long range [research and development] there, which again is a significant step," Orszag said in response to a reporter's question about the tough choices Obama faced in drafting his 2011 spending plan.
The key elements of Constellation include the Orion crew capsule, its Ares 1 launcher, a larger rocket dubbed Ares 5 and the Altair lunar lander. Obama's top-line spending proposal for NASA is expected to increase slightly over the 2010 appropriation of $18.7 billion and would including some funding for an alternative means for transporting crews to and from the international space station.
Facing a federal deficit of $1.26 trillion in 2011, Obama is proposing a three-year freeze on most non-defense discretionary spending, a move the president believes will save $250 billion over the next 10 years, Orszag said. In addition, the White House is proposing more than 120 program terminations, reductions and efficiencies that together are expected to save $20 billion in 2011, Orszag said.