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NASA Faces Rough Road In 2013 132

MarkWhittington writes "With the National Research Council report that concluded that President Obama's plan for a mission to an asteroid has no support, either inside NASA or anywhere else, the space agency faces a decision point in 2013. The NRC suggested that the administration, Congress, NASA, and other stakeholders in space exploration come to a consensus behind a new goal. But the space agency's problems run deep, caused by a lack of direction, a lack of leadership, and a lack of funding."
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NASA Faces Rough Road In 2013

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday December 31, 2012 @10:26PM (#42438355)

    Actually you can [forbes.com] and there is a protocol for that.

  • by Jane Q. Public ( 1010737 ) on Tuesday January 01, 2013 @12:32AM (#42438883)

    "Or to put it another way --- Do you, Sir, really understand the true role of the POTUS?"

    Apparently he does. "And nothing more" might be a slight exaggeration, but not much.

    The function of POTUS is to be the head of the executive branch. In other words, he manages the BUSINESS of government that has been mandated by Congress. He heads the executive (functional) departments of government (or appoints delegates to do so).

    He is also the Commander-in-Chief of the armed forces.

    Other than that, no, the position was not really intended as that of "leader" of the country. If the Founders had wanted that, they could have made it a monarchy rather than a republic.

    Believe it or not, WE are supposed to be the leaders. Government -- all of it -- is supposed to follow.

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