The harsh lessons of California

California is lined up, hands extended, palm up, imploring the Obama Administration to guarantee its debt –  a guarantee as inconceivable as state ownership of General Motors once was. 

 Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger projects that California will create a deficit of $23.4 billion over the next year, a deficit bigger than Georgia’s entire budget. Voters this month rejected higher taxes and borrowing from future lottery proceeds to fund current consumption, prompting California officials to go hat-in-hand to Washington.  More immediately, Schwarzenegger is proposing dramatic cuts.  He would, for example, eliminate welfare and would end non-emergency health care for illegals. He’d also whack the California version of Georgia’s PeachCare health insurance program for children in families with too much income to qualify for Medicaid.  He’s eliminating some future grants for college students,  ordering unpaid leaves for state employees, and giving one-year early releases to prison inmates who are not thought to be violent and are not identified as sex offenders.

Periodically news organizations or advocacy groups send delegations to other states or cities to take a look at growth, development, a new transportation project or housing developments. Those trips invariably lead to long accounts full of unwarranted self-criticism and place-envy to set up the question:  “Why can’t we be more like…?” 

A far more valuable trip would be to Sacramento and to other parts of California to examine the question:  Where does liberalism in governing take us?  In some cases, California is far ahead of Georgia in terms of the experiments it’s tried — in public initiatives, for example, or in setting caps on state spending.  (Proposition 8, which affirmed that marriage is between a man and a woman, was a public initiative.)  Georgia has never had public initiative and whenever the movement has started to get legs in the past, legislators resist, offering something weak and virtually impossible for voters to bring forth.  California once had real spending caps; the one voters rejected was more symbolic than real.  Georgia has never had them — and it should.

California also funds education almost entirely from the state level.  Bad policy?  Yes. It creates the expectation that somebody else is paying the tab.  It also tempts voters to exempt education from the usual spending constraints, as Californians have done.

Georgia is not yet a mature state.  There’s still time to fix our troubles before they develop.  Look to California for guidance.  Plan a trip.  What to do?  What to avoid?

180 comments Add your comment

PeachState.com

May 28th, 2009
12:29 pm

Che,

Keep in mind, most of the “individuals” you’re talking to are the same person.

Call me Crazy

May 28th, 2009
12:31 pm

California is an experiment on social engineering that requires huge sums of money to sustain their programs that illegals have utilized..
Years ago, many non productive people moved to California to receive generous benefits
California doesn’t want to mess up its landscape with power generating stations
California doesn’t want to mess up it’s land scape with “new” oil refineries
Why have so many business left California in the past 20 years and especially in the past 5?
There are a lot of wonderful people in California that have an environment to do research and development (technology, medicine, etc) and are productive citizens.

The Unions have too much influence in California politics as does GM, Chrysler and Ford.

Gov Arnold tried to reduce spending and hit a wall in the legislature, so here we are.

California is an example of not using a process of balancing expenditures and revenue. You can’t spend or tax governments out of financial problems, it takes some of both

I think it was Delaware or Maryland that raised taxes on millionaires and the tax revenue dropped by $100 Million Dollars from that group.of taxpayers when they left.

History has proven when Government controls the economy, bad things happen (Cuba, USSR, old Soviet Bloc Countries).

For the record, I have spent a lot of time in California during the past 35 years

PeachState.com

May 28th, 2009
12:35 pm

Che, as long as someone else is paying the tab, a liberal Democrat doesn’t mind government involvement in anything. But when he has to pay i.e., taxation, for those government services, then he becomes a CONSERVATIVE Republican.

California is textbook example of the destructive perversity of liberal Democrat politics.

Paul A

May 28th, 2009
12:39 pm

Wow…. All I see in this blog is a bunch of children fighting in a sandbox.

This is why I stopped reading and commenting in these ajc.com blogs. Today is slow and I needed a laugh for a few minutes so I came here.

Grow up – All of you.
Republicans aren’t nazis or morons and Democrats aren’t communists or god-haters.

Please have some respect for your neighbors. We’re all in this boat together and we need to try to find common ground, help struggling families who aren’t making ends meet, protect ourselves from the lunatics who want to blow us up, and pay our debts.

Learn how to have a grown up conversation instead of hurling insults and making stupid comments about someone’s beliefs.

In the words of Thomas Jefferson – “When the people fear the government, that’s tyranny. When the government fears the people, that’s liberty.”

One more thing – Please legalize the US Constitution.

Go Gators 2009

Normal

May 28th, 2009
12:43 pm

And through all of this blog what have we learned? …California is still like that granola bar The flakes still run it, and the still nuts
whine. The Fruits are moving to Iowa.

Che was a homicidal maniac

May 28th, 2009
12:54 pm

Copycrap and Dong Muncher,

1: government needs taxpayer money to survive.
2: people made this country great and not GUVMINTTTTT!
3: California IS going bankrupt because of big spending democrats.

Aquawhateveryouare, I found that article on Huffingtonpissed. The idiot libs were writing about how stupid christians were, all while claiming to be innocent victims.

I love you libs. Always bitching about conservatives all while being the intolerant ones.

Che was a homicidal maniac

May 28th, 2009
12:55 pm

PeachState.com, most of these libs are nothing but unemployed individuals living off of mommy and daddy.

Copyleft

May 28th, 2009
1:00 pm

And oh look! Another tired old ad hominem based on fact-free assumptions!

You’re really making the right look reasonable and sane, Maniac. Good job.

Che was a homicidal maniac

May 28th, 2009
1:00 pm

Call me Crazy, you better watch it. There are 3 to 4 “individuals” who love government and think that government is the only answer to lifes problems.

Jackie darlin, sorry, just not buying your government is great and private industry is bad garbage.

I can name more private industry accomplishments than you can with government.

Che was a homicidal maniac

May 28th, 2009
1:01 pm

Copyleft, I’ve noticed that you are on the blogs EVERY SINGLE DAY!

Conclusion: You don’t have a job.

Che was a homicidal maniac

May 28th, 2009
1:03 pm

Copyleft,

NAME ONE F’ING THING THAT OBAMA HAS FIXED SINCE HE’S BEEN IN OFFICE!

TROOPS ARE STILL IN IRAQ.
ECONOMY IS WORSE.

STIMULUS MONEY IS GONE.

GM AND CRYSLER ARE BANKRUPT. MONEY WASTED.

COUNTRY IS GOING BANKRUPT.

UNEMPLOYMENT IS ALMOST AT 10%

GAS IS GOING BACK UP.

YEAH, CHAINS WE CAN BELIEVE IN HACK!

Che was a homicidal maniac

May 28th, 2009
1:04 pm

BARRACK HUSSIEN OBAMA = JIMMY CARTER PART 2.

N.J,

May 28th, 2009
1:07 pm

Californias largest business sector is dying off because of conservative opposition to illegal aliens. 1.5 million acres of the states best agriculltural land is returning to dust because it is lying fallow, unirrigated, unused. 90 percent of the states agricultural labor, until three years ago, was illegal immigrant. There is a severe shortage of this labor now, and California is just one state where a quarter of the produce is left to rot on the ground or on the vine because it cannot be picked, packed or loaded for shipment.

And the private sector has not been able to do a single thing to reverse this trend. In fact the private sector does little of the criteral research that creates anything in this country. 85 percent or more of product research is done with federal grants, at publically funded universities, etc. 135,000 medical research projects alone, on drugs, procedures etc are funded by the government, and then put into the public domain. One very wealthy doctor in New York got ten million dollars in research grants alone, to produce an orphan drug, that he gets paid six thousand dollar a pop for each time it is used.

The private sector in the United States would be limited to fast food restaurants and dollar stores selling cheap Chinese products, clothing and food stores selling Asian made goods if it were not for government subsidies to more technologically advanced industries.

Che was a homicidal maniac

May 28th, 2009
1:09 pm

More stupidity from liberal California democrats. Idiot Pelosi, who hates the United States, says that China has to help.

NOTE TO LIBERALS: CHINA IS AN INDUSTRIAL COUNTRY THAT LAUGHS AT YOUR STUPIDITY.

Pelosi appeals for China’s help on climate change

BEIJING (AP) — U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi urged Beijing on Thursday to cooperate on climate change, calling a safe environment a basic human right.

Speaking at Beijing’s elite Tsinghua University, Pelosi continued the theme of her five-day China trip — that combating global warming represented a new challenge that both governments must tackle jointly.

“We are all in this together,” Pelosi told an audience of about 200 students and faculty who applauded enthusiastically throughout the 45-minute session. “The impact of climate change is a tremendous risk to the security and well-being of our countries.”

Pelosi’s trip has been notable for skirting human rights and the fierce public criticisms she has frequently leveled at the authoritarian government.

The trip comes as President Barack Obama’s administration has emphasized climate change as a new area where the two governments can broaden already wide-ranging engagement. The two countries are the biggest emitters of the carbon gases that are causing warming temperatures. Both governments are staking out positions ahead of a meeting late this year in Copenhagen that will try to forge agreement on targets and steps to reduce carbon emissions.

In a meeting Wednesday, the head of China’s national legislature, Wu Bangguo, told Pelosi that climate change was a common challenge and that Beijing stood ready to work with Washington.

Turning around her usual criticisms about human rights, Pelosi linked global warming to environmental justice, saying the right to a clean environment is also a human right.

“I do see this opportunity for climate change to be … a game-changer,” she said at Tsinghua. “It’s a place where human rights — looking out for the needs of the poor in terms of climate change and healthy environment — are a human right.”

To achieve this, Pelosi said governments would have to make decisions and choices based on science.

“They also have to do it with openness, transparency and accountability to the people,” she said. “Everyone has to have their situation improved by it.”

In answering a question from a student about how Pelosi was going to get Americans to cut back on their carbon emissions, the leading Democratic lawmaker said it was important to educate children on how to conserve energy and for citizens to build more environmentally friendly homes.

“We have so much room for improvement,” she said. “Every aspect of our lives must be subjected to an inventory … of how we are taking responsibility.”

Pelosi, who arrived Sunday, brought with her five members of a House committee on energy policy and global warming. A bill that would impose the first U.S. limits on greenhouse gas emissions was approved by a House committee last week, a step being considered by the full House later this year.

Pelosi’s visit is part of a flurry of contacts between Washington and Beijing that highlight their wide-ranging cooperation on issues including North Korea’s nuclear program and combatting the global economic slump.

Che was a homicidal maniac

May 28th, 2009
1:10 pm

N.J, CONSERVATIVES CAN’T BE AN OPPOSITION IN CALIFORNIA.

THEY ARE OUTNUMBERED 10-1.

PeachState.com

May 28th, 2009
1:12 pm

N.J. sure it can be picked. You can get off your a$$ and go pick it. Personally, I prefer to go to the supermarket and buy it at a reasonable price. Reason it’s left in the fields, dickweed? The cost to pick the stuff exceeds the value of the crop at market. Market solution: farmer leaves crop in field. Happens all the time to farmers and business people right here in Georgia and all across the country. They make decisions, not the government. I like it that way.

N.J,

May 28th, 2009
1:13 pm

The list of products that resulted from NASA spin off’s alone make up a sizable percentage of what is sold in stores across the nation. Anything from sports bra’s to diital camera’s to the process that allows computerized imaging from MRI and CAT scanners. These last two EXISTED before NASA used them, but they basically used the same photographic process used by X Ray machines and Fluoroscopes before NASA needed a better method of examining the output from the machines

A PARTIAL list of government financed spin offs that found their way into the consumer markets because of the “public domain” nature of the research:

Computer Technology – NASA Spinoffs

GROUND PROCESSING SCHEDULING SYSTEM – Computer-based scheduling system that uses artificial intelligence to manage thousands of overlapping activities involved in launch preparations of NASA’s Space Shuttles. The NASA technology was licensed to a new company which developed commercial applications that provide real-time planning and optimization of manufacturing operations, integrated supply chains, and customer orders.uu

SEMICONDUCTOR CUBING – NASA initiative led to the Memory Short Stack, a three-dimensional semiconductor package in which dozens of integrated circuits are stacked one atop another to form a cube, offering faster computer processing speeds, higher levels of integration, lower power requirements than conventional chip sets, and dramatic reduction in the size and weight of memory-intensive systems, such as medical imaging devices.

STRUCTURAL ANALYSIS – This NASA program, originally created for spacecraft design, has been employed in a broad array of non-aerospace applications, such as the automobile industry, manufacture of machine tools, and hardware designs.

WINDOWS VISUAL NEWS READER (Win Vn) – Software program developed to support payload technical documentation at Kennedy Space Center, allowing the exchange of technical information among a large group of users. WinVn is an enabling technology product that provides countless people with Internet access otherwise beyond their grasp, and it was optimized for organizations that have direct Internet access.

AIR QUALITY MONITOR – Utilizing a NASA-developed, advanced analytical technique software package, an air quality monitor system was created, capable of separating the various gases in bulk smokestack exhaust streams and determining the amount of individual gases present within the stream for compliance with smokestack emission standards.

VIRTUAL REALITY – NASA-developed research allows a user, with assistance from advanced technology devices, to figuratively project oneself into a computer-generated environment, matching the user’s head motion, and, when coupled with a stereo viewing device and appropriate software, creates a telepresence experience.

Other spinoffs in this area include: Advanced keyboards, Customer Service Software, Database Management System, Laser Surveying, Aircraft controls, Lightweight Compact Disc, Expert System Software, Microcomputers, and Design Graphics.

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Consumer/Home/Recreation – NASA Spinoffs

ENRICHED BABY FOOD – A microalgae-based, vegetable-like oil called Formulaid developed from NASA-sponsored research on long duration space travel, contains two essential fatty acids found in human milk but not in most baby formulas, believed to be important for infants’ mental and visual development.

WATER PURIFICATION SYSTEM – NASA-developed municipal-size water treatment system for developing nations, called the Regenerable Biocide Delivery Unit, uses iodine rather than chlorine to kill bacteria.

SCRATCH-RESISTANT LENSES – A modified version of a dual ion beam bonding process developed by NASA involves coating the lenses with a film of diamond-like carbon that not only provides scratch resistance, but also decreases surface friction, reducing water spots.

POOL PURIFICATION – Space technology designed to sterilize water on long-duration spacecraft applied to swimming pool purification led to a system that uses two silver-copper alloy electrodes that generate silver and copper ions when an electric current passes through them to kill bacteria and algae without chemicals.

RIBBED SWIMSUIT – NASA-developed riblets applied to competition swimsuits resulted in flume testing of 10 to 15 percent faster speeds than any other world class swim-suit due to the small, barely visible grooves that reduce friction and aerodynamic drag by modifying the turbulent airflow next to the skin.

GOLF BALL AERODYNAMICS – A recently designed golf ball, which has 500 dimples arranged in a pattern of 60 spherical triangles, employs NASA aerodynamics technology to create a more symmetrical ball surface, sustaining initial velocity longer and producing a more stable ball flight for better accuracy and distance.

PORTABLE COOLERS/WARMERS – Based on a NASA-inspired space cooling system employing thermoelectric technology, the portable cooler/warmer plugs into the cigarette lighters of autos, recreational vehicles, boats, or motel outlets. Utilizes one or two miniaturized modules delivering the cooling power of a 10-pound block of ice and the heating power of up to 125 degrees Fahrenheit.

SPORTS TRAINING – Space-developed cardio-muscular conditioner helps athletes increase muscular strength and cardiovascular fitness through kinetic exercise.

ATHLETIC SHOES – Moon Boot material encapsulated in running shoe midsoles improve shock absorption and provides superior stability and motion control.

Other spinoffs in this area include: Dustbuster, shock-absorbing helmets, home security systems, smoke detectors, flat panel televisions, high-density batteries, trash compactors, food packaging and freeze-dried technology, cool sportswear, sports bras, hair styling appliances, fogless ski goggles, self-adjusting sunglasses, composite golf clubs, hang gliders, art preservation, and quartz crystal timing equipment.

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Environmental and Resource Management – NASA Spinoffs

MICROSPHERES – The first commercial products manufactured in orbit are tiny microspheres whose precise dimensions permit their use as reference standards for extremely accurate calibration of instruments in research and industrial laboratories. They are sold for applications in environmental control, medical research, and manufacturing.

SOLAR ENERGY – NASA-pioneered photovoltaic power system for spacecraft applications was applied to programs to expand terrestrial applications as a viable alternative energy source in areas where no conventional power source exists.

WEATHER FORECASTING AID – Space Shuttle environmental control technology led to the development of the Barorator which continuously measures the atmospheric pressure and calculates the instantaneous rate of change.

FOREST MANAGEMENT – A NASA-initiated satellite scanning system monitors and maps forestation by detecting radiation reflected and emitted from trees.

SENSORS FOR ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL – NASA development of an instrument for use in space life support research led to commercial development of a system to monitor an industrial process stream to assure that the effluent water’s pH level is in compliance with environmental regulations.

WIND MONITOR – Development of Jimsphere wind measurement balloon for space launches allows for making high resolution measurements of the wind profile for meteorological studies and predictions.

TELEMETRY SYSTEMS – A spinoff company formed to commercialize NASA high-data-rate telemetry technology, manufactures a high-speed processing system for commercial communications applications.

PLANT RESEARCH – NASA research on future moon and Mars bases is investigating using plants for food, oxygen, and water to reduce the need for outside supplies. This research utilizes Hydroponics (liquid nutrient solutions) instead of soil to support plant growth and finds applications for vegetable production on Earth.

FIRE RESISTANT MATERIAL – Materials include chemically-treated fabric for sheets, uniforms for hazardous material handlers, crew’s clothing, furniture, interior walls of submersibles and auto racer and refueler suits.

RADIATION INSULATION – Aluminized polymer film is highly effective radiation barrier for both manned and unmanned spacecraft. Variations of this space-devised material are also used as an energy conservation technique for homes and offices. The materials are placed between wall studs and exterior facing before siding or between roof support and roof sheathing. The radiant barrier blocks 95% of radiant energy. Successful retrofit installations include schools and shrink wrap ovens.

Other spinoffs in this area include: Whale identification method, environmental analysis, noise abatement, pollution measuring devices, pollution control devices, smokestack monitor, radioactive leak detector, earthquake prediction system, sewage treatment, energy saving air conditioning, and air purification.

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Health and Medicine – NASA Spinoffs

DIGITAL IMAGING BREAST BIOPSY SYSTEM – The LORAD Stereo Guide Breast Biopsy system incorporates advanced Charge Coupled Devices (CCDs) as part of a digital camera system. The resulting device images breast tissue more clearly and efficiently. Known as stereotactic large-core needle biopsy, this nonsurgical system developed with Space Telescope Technology is less traumatic and greatly reduces the pain, scarring, radiation exposure, time, and money associated with surgical biopsies.

BREAST CANCER DETECTION – A solar cell sensor is positioned directly beneath x-ray film, and determines exactly when film has received sufficient radiation and has been exposed to optimum density. Associated electronic equipment then sends a signal to cut off the x-ray source. Reduction of mammography x-ray exposure reduces radiation hazard and doubles the number of patient exams per machine.

LASER ANGIOPLASTY – Laser angioplasty with a “cool” type of laser, caller an excimer laser, does not damage blood vessel walls and offers precise non-surgical cleanings of clogged arteries with extraordinary precision and fewer complications than in balloon angioplasty.

ULTRASOUND SKIN DAMAGE ASSESSMENT – Advanced instrument using NASA ultrasound technology enables immediate assessment of burn damage depth, improving patient treatment, and may save lives in serious burn cases.

HUMAN TISSUE STIMULATOR – Employing NASA satellite technology, the device is implanted in the body to help patient control chronic pain and involuntary motion disorders through electrical stimulation of targeted nerve centers or particular areas of the brain.

COOL SUIT – Custom-made suit derived from space suits circulates coolant through tubes to lower patient’s body/ temperature, producing dramatic improvement of symptoms of multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, spina bifida and other conditions.

PROGRAMMABLE PACEMAKER – Incorporating multiple NASA technologies, the system consists of the implant and a physician’s computer console containing the programming and a data printer. Communicates through wireless telemetry signals.

OCULAR SCREENING – NASA image processing techniques are used to detect eye problems in very young children. An electronic flash from a 35-millimeter camera sends light into the child’s eyes, and a photorefractor analyzes the retinal reflexes, producing an image of each eye.

AUTOMATED URINALYSIS – NASA fluid dynamics studies helped development of system that automatically extracts and transfers sediment from urine sample to an analyzer microscope, replacing the manual centrifuge method.

MEDICAL GAS ANALYZER – Astronaut-monitoring technology used to develop system to monitor operating rooms for analysis of anesthetic gasses and measurement of oxygen, carbon dioxide, and nitrogen concentrations to assure proper breathing environment for surgery patients.

VOICE-CONTROLLED WHEELCHAIR – NASA teleoperator and robot technology used to develop chair and manipulator that respond to 35 one-word voice commands utilizing a minicomputer to help patient perform daily tasks, like picking up packages, opening doors, and turning on appliances.

Other spinoffs in this area include: Arteriosclerosis detection, ultrasound scanners, automatic insulin pump, portable x-ray device, invisible braces, dental arch wire, palate surgery technology, clean room apparel, implantable heart aid, MRI, bone analyzer, and cataract surgery tools.

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Industrial Productivity/Manufacturing Technology – NASA Spinoffs

MAGNETIC LIQUIDS – Based on the NASA-developed ferrofluid concept involving synthetic fluids that can be positioned and controlled by magnetic force, the ferrofluidic seal was initially applied in a zero-leakage, nonwearing seal for the rotating shaft of a system used to make semiconductor chips, solving a persistent problem‹contamination due to leaking seals.

WELDING SENSOR SYSTEM – Laser-based automated welder for industrial use incorporates a laser sensor system originally designed for Space Shuttle External Tank to track the seam where two pieces of metal are to be joined, measures gaps and minute misfits, and automatically corrects the welding torch distance and height.

MICROLASERS – Based on a concept for optical communications over interplanetary distances, microlasers were developed for the commercial market to transmit communication signals and to drill, cut, or melt materials.

MAGNETIC BEARING SYSTEM – Bearings developed from Space Shuttle designs support moving machinery without physical contact, permitting motion without friction or wear, and are now used in electric power generation, petroleum refining, machine tool operation, and natural gas pipelines.

ENGINE LUBRICANT – A NASA-developed plasma-sprayed coating is used to coat valves in a new, ten-inch-long, four-cylinder rotary engine, eliminating the need for lubricating the rotorcam, which has no crankshaft, flywheel, distributor, or water pump.

INTERACTIVE COMPUTER TRAINING – Known as Interactive Multimedia Training (IMT), originally developed to train astronauts and space operations personnel, now utilized by the commercial sector to train new employees and upgrade worker skills, using a computer system that engages all the senses, including text, video, animation, voice, sounds, and music.

HIGH-PRESSURE WATERSTRIPPING – Technology developed for preparing Space Shuttle solid rocket boosters first evolved into the U.S. Air Force’s Large Aircraft Robotic Paint Stripping (LARPS) system, and now used in the commercial airline industry, where the waterjet processing reduces coating removal time by 90 percent, using only water at ultra-high pressures up to 55,000 psi.

ADVANCED WELDING TORCH – Based on the Variable Polarity Plasma Arc welding technology, a handheld torch originally developed for joining light alloys used in NASA’s External Tank, is now used by major appliance manufacturers for sheet metal welding.

Other spinoffs in this area include: Gasoline vapor recovery, self-locking fasteners, machine tool software, laser wire stripper, lubricant coating process, wireless communications, engine coatings, and engine design.

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Public Safety – NASA Spinoffs

RADIATION HAZARD DETECTOR – NASA technology has made commercially available new, inexpensive, conveniently carried device for protection of people exposed to potentially dangerous levels of microwave radiation. Weighing only 4 ounces and about the size of a cigarette pack, it can be carried in a shirt pocket or clipped to a belt. Unit sounds an audible alarm when microwave radiation reaches a preset level.

EMERGENCY RESPONSE ROBOT – Remotely-operated robot reduces human injury levels by performing hazardous tasks that would otherwise be handled by humans.

PERSONAL ALARM SYSTEM – Pen-sized ultrasonic transmitter used by prison guards, teachers, the elderly, and disabled to call for help is based on space telemetry technology. Pen transmits a silent signal to receiver that will display the exact location of the emergency.

EMERGENCY RESCUE CUTTERS – Lightweight cutters for freeing accident victims from wreckage developed using NASA pyrotechnic technology.

FIREMAN’S AIR TANKS – Lighter-weight firefighter’s air tanks have been developed. New back-pack system weighs only 20 lbs. for 30 minute air supply, 13 lbs. less than conventional firefighting tanks. They are pressurized at 4,500 psia (twice current tanks). A warning device tells the fireman when he or she is running out of air.

PERSONAL STORM WARNING SYSTEM – Lightning detector gives 30-minute warning to golfers, boaters, homeowners, business owners, and private pilots.

SELF-RIGHTING LIFE RAFT – Developed for the Apollo program, fully inflates in 12 seconds and protects lives during extremely adverse weather conditions with self-righting and gravity compensation features.

Other spinoffs in this area include: Storm warning services (Doppler radar), firefighters’ radios, lead poison detection, fire detector, flame detector, corrosion protection coating, protective clothing, and robotic hands.

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Transportation – NASA Spinoffs

STUDLESS WINTER TIRES – Viking Lander parachute shroud material is adapted and used to manufacture radial tires, increasing the tire material’s chainlike molecular structure to five times the strength of steel should increase tread life by 10,000 miles.

BETTER BRAKES – New, high-temperature composite space materials provide for better brake linings. Applications includes trucks, industrial equipment and passenger cars.

TOLLBOOTH PURIFICATION – A laminar airflow technique used in NASA clean rooms for contamination-free assembly of space equipment is used at tollbooths on bridges and turnpikes to decrease the toll collector’s inhalation of exhaust fumes.

WEIGHT SAVING TECHNOLOGY – NASA research on composite materials is used to achieve a 30-percent weight reduction in a twin-turbine helicopter, resulting in a substantial increase in aircraft performance.

IMPROVED AIRCRAFT ENGINE – Multiple NASA developed technological advancements resulted in a cleaner, quieter, more economical commercial aircraft engine known as the high bypass turbofan, featuring a 10-percent reduction in fuel consumption, lower noise levels, and emission reductions of oxides of nitrogen, carbon monoxide, and unburned hydrocarbons.

ADVANCED LUBRICANTS – An environmental-friendly lubricant designed to support the Space Shuttle Mobile Launcher Platform led to the development of three commercial lubricants for railroad track maintenance, for electric power company corrosion prevention, and as a hydraulic fluid with an oxidation life of 10,000 hours.

ENERGY STORAGE SYSTEM – The Flywheel Energy Storage system, derived from two NASA-sponsored energy storage studies, is a chemical-free, mechanical battery that harnesses the energy of a rapidly spinning wheel and stores it as electricity with 50 times the capacity of a lead-acid battery, very useful for electric vehicles.

NEW WING DESIGN FOR CORPORATE JETS – NASA-developed computer programs resulted in an advanced, lighter, more aerodynamically-efficient new wing for Gulfstream business aircraft.

AIDS TO SCHOOL BUS DESIGN – Manufacturer uses three separate NASA-developed technologies originally developed for aviation and space use in their design and testing of a new school bus chassis. These technologies are a structural analysis computer program infrared stress measurement system, and a ride quality meter system.

Go into any Wal Mart. A huge chunk of the stuff you buy there is the result of “government spending”

Jackie

May 28th, 2009
1:14 pm

@Che

While living in California, you must have become brain-infected with the smog.
Come to think of it, your writings and thought progression sounds like Communist AJC.

I wonder????

Pete Seguin

May 28th, 2009
1:15 pm

Let’s give that grant money to the illegal immigrants, maybe they can develop a new drug. Oh yeah, that’d be crack cocaine. How’s that new import drug working out, N.J.?

Che was a homicidal maniac

May 28th, 2009
1:15 pm

Jackie, and you must have been dropped on your head. Who or what is Communist AJC?

I guess I can assume you are Muncher, Copyleft and Aquagirl.

What is it with you libs that makes you so paranoid?

N.J,

May 28th, 2009
1:21 pm

No. Republicans make up 29 percent of California voters, Democrats 42 percent, Independents 28 percent. For example Proposition 8. Democrats voted NO on it, 64 percent. Independents voted NO on it, 54 percent. Republicans voted YES on it, 82 percent. It passed largely on REPUBLICAN votes. Democrat turnout and Independent turnout was lower than averate, Republican turnout higher.

It has largely been the FEDERAL policies under the Bush presidency and the first six years of Republican majority in Congress that have virtually gutted California’s, Utah’s, Colorado’s, Arizona’s, Florida’s and New Mexico’s to name a few’s agricultural economies. Democrats were ALL for doing something to allow these industries to keep having access to their labor force. Republicans used the same old false fear factors to tighten up the southern border. Studies going back to 1901 and almost every year since have found that Republican assertions about immigrants, legal or otherwise, are pretty much completely false. They use no more government resources than the non Latino sector, they pay taxes, but are ineligable for many of the programs those taxes pay for, and they are less, rather than more likely to engage in violent or property crimes.

Che was a homicidal maniac

May 28th, 2009
1:22 pm

N.J, the problem with your argument is that NASA money comes from where………..that’s right, taxpayer money. When government runs out of money, NASA spending gets……CUT!

NASA is not the DMV.

Pelosicrat

May 28th, 2009
1:23 pm

So, this is what is in store for us under pure lib/Dem rule. Fascist State, anyone? Now everything we own is “subject to inventory” according to Her Majesty Nancy Pelosi. Better start preparing to report to your Government Minder!

Buh-bye American freedoms – all for the global warming..oh wait..climate change. What do you want to bet in a couple of years it will be global COOLING scaremongering like it was back in the 70s?

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In answering a question from a student about how Pelosi was going to get Americans to cut back on their carbon emissions, the leading Democratic lawmaker said it was important to educate children on how to conserve energy and for citizens to build more environmentally friendly homes.

“We have so much room for improvement,” she said. “Every aspect of our lives must be subjected to an inventory … of how we are taking responsibility.”
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MUST! MANDATORY!

These lib/Dems that fellow lib/Dems and clueless “moderates” put in office have no idea what they have done to this nation. By the way, the AP has a report out that essentially states that so many people being unemployed is GOOD because it keeps people off the roads! How come they never brought that up during the Bush years when Republicans ran Congress pre-2007? Oh wait, unemployment wasn’t at 10% back then. Got it.

Want some more funny stuff? U of Chicago male students are feeling left behind and nobody is paying attention to them (think Sotomayor’s comment she’s smarter than males here).

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“A third-year student from Lake Bluff has formed Men in Power, a student organization that promises to help men get ahead professionally. But the group’s emergence has been controversial, with some critics charging that its premise is misogynistic. Others say it’s about time men are championed, noting that recent job losses hit men harder and that women earn far more bachelor’s and master’s degrees than do men.”
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What are you whining about dude? This is a lib/Dems wet dream. Even VP Biden laughs it up when males are trashed by minority lib/Dems and feminists. Yuck it up, bro! It’s high time you men feel what oppression is like as women used to. Then continue voting lib/Dem and shut the hell up.

But, we can’t part before bringing up local areas that are having to lay off police officers – and the resulting spike in gun sales. Sure am glad that stimulus package is helping so many locales, aren’t you? Just think, a lot of lib/Dems and moonbats on this blog don’t want us to own guns and just let the cops and 9/11 take care of our protection rights! That reminds me, of all the so-called “rights” that lib/Dems yammer about, how come you never hear them mention the right to self-protection? Uh uh.

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TOLEDO, OH (WTOL) – The first round of Toledo police layoffs, in which 75 officers were let go, may already be having an affect on gun ownership. “I just don’t feel safe with the amount they’re laying off,” says Jonna Ewing. “I think it’s going to be a longer respond time.”
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Finally, here’s something PMSNBC and DNCNN won’t tell you about. It appears the Chrysler dealership closings are being cherry picked based upon political affililation!

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” By: Mark Tapscott
Editorial Page Editor
The Washington Examiner
05/27/09 3:37 PM EDT

Evidence appears to be mounting that the Obama administration has systematically targeted for closing Chrysler dealers who contributed to Repubicans. What started earlier this week as mainly a rumbling on the Right side of the Blogosphere has gathered some steam today with revelations that among the dealers being shut down are a GOP congressman and closing of competitors to a dealership chain partly owned by former Clinton White House chief of staff Mack McLarty.”
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We are two years and four months into pure lib/Dem Congress rule, and four months into pure lib/Dem White House rule. So, when do the book burnings and witch burnings start, lib/Dems?

I pray for you, America.

N.J,

May 28th, 2009
1:24 pm

As I said this is the factual, dollar and sense results of Republican fear mongering illegal immigration policy:

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So some ask: Why don’t American farmers hire Americans to do their work? The unemployment rate is high. People are looking for jobs. So why don’t they hire Americans?

The fact is, they have tried and tried and tried. But there are very few Americans who are willing to take the job in a hot field, doing backbreaking labor, in temperatures that often exceed 100 degrees. That is a fact.

The other fact is that immigrant workers are the backbone of America’s agricultural industry–a huge industry and a proud industry, which is now dying due to the lack of steady labor supply.

Farmers are departing the country in order to stay in business, leaving devastated farm communities behind. In California, in the Great Central Valley, farmers who once tended “America’s breadbasket” are now standing in bread lines, with unemployment rates in their communities that are as high as 45 percent. Topsoil from fallowed land turning into dust now blows up in sandstorms and has caused periodic shutdowns of Interstate 5, the State’s main north-south freeway.

As a result of Congress’s inaction, between 2007 and 2008–1 year–1.56 million acres of farmland, once rich with crops, are now dormant. That is 1.5 million acres dormant in a year. In California alone, in the past 5 years, that amount–1.5 million acres–of production has been lost.

American farmers have moved at least 84,155 acres of production to Mexico. This is what we know of: Over 84,000 acres of farm production now in Mexico. This has resulted in the growth of farm labor jobs in Mexico; namely, 22,285 jobs to cultivate crops that vary in diversity from avocados to green onions to watermelons.

This shortage of workers is devastating American agriculture, and we need to wake up and understand what is happening. In the next 1 to 2 years, the United States stands to lose $5 billion to $9 billion in agricultural sales to foreign competition if Congress does not act to provide a workforce for the American farming community.

California has already lost almost $1 billion from 2005 to 2006. It is estimated we will lose between $1.7 and $3.1 billion in the next year. The California farm industry–the largest in America–was almost a $40 billion-a-year industry. It is deteriorating every year.

We are witnessing nothing less than the slow vanishing of American agriculture.

Ayron Moiola, the executive director of the Imperial Valley Vegetable Growers Association, predicts that California’s asparagus crops will disappear completely in the Imperial Valley if their demand for specialized asparagus planters and harvesters is not met.

Colorado farmers have estimated their State’s fruit and vegetable industry will disappear completely in the next 5 to 10 years without some program to provide a sustainable workforce.

As of February 2008, 35 to 45 New Hampshire farm operations have been at risk of going out of business or being forced to severely cut back operations due to labor shortages.

This reduction in farm production would result in an estimated loss of 22,000 acres of farmland and $58 million of agricultural production for New Hampshire alone. In addition, over 600 full-time farm jobs and 4,300 jobs in agriculture-related businesses could be in jeopardy.

I say to the Presiding Officer, I hear this from your apple growers in New York, and I hear it from the dairy industry throughout America.

The situation is dire from coast to coast, and urgent action is required to halt these trends. I do not think we can afford to lose our entire agricultural industry because this has always been a central and sustainable part of our national economy. Our food is clean; there are strong pesticide controls in this country. I think most of us believe we would much prefer to buy American produce than foreign produce. Yet we may not have that opportunity.

When farmers suffer, there is a ripple effect felt throughout the economy: in farm equipment manufacturing, packaging, processing, transportation, marketing, lending, and insurance. Jobs are being lost, and our economy is going to decline further as a result. Low-producing farms mean a lowered local tax base–as farms no longer generate income and create jobs.

As can be seen from this graphic I have in the Chamber, for every job lost on a farm and ranch, the country loses approximately three jobs in related sectors that are supported by having the agricultural community in this country.

I have received a letter from the Port of Oakland, which depends heavily on agribusiness for its survival. According to the port, last year more than 750 metric tons of agricultural products, worth approximately $2.6 billion, were shipped through the port, representing 40 percent of the port’s exports.

As these farms disappear, port jobs, basic jobs for people, also disappear. The central issue is not immigration; it is the bottom line of the American economy. I think Congress should be doing everything we can to prevent U.S. farms from closing down.

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Right now, much of our economy has been outsourced. Now our FOOD SUPPLY is about to be outsourced. That happens, and its over for the U.S. Completely and irrevocably. For good.

Paul A

May 28th, 2009
1:25 pm

My goodness… I go to grab a quick bite to eat and here we go with more name calling and insult hurling.

Can we please have a reasonable discussion of ideas on this blog?

To Copyleft @11:51
With all due respect and in all seriousness I would like for you to CALMLY explain your position further. Please… calmly and without insults.

Now here we go… Che said, ““The government doesn’t create jobs.”

Your reply was, “Blatantly wrong, as already demonstrated.”

I suppose both of you are right and wrong at the same time.
Humbly I would ask you – To what jobs are you referring?
Certainly the US government employs American citizens… We have the US Postal Service and AMTRAK, which I believe and most reasonable people would agree, are terrible wastes of dollars. We also have NASA, the CDC and NIH. I think most folks would concede these are good programs.

Would you agree this statement is accurate?

If you do then where does this leave us as a nation?

My next question directed to you is also very simple and I’d like to focus it on tolerance…
Why are you so hostile towards people who think differently than you do? Is it not possible that there are two sides to every argument and sometimes both can be right? Sometimes both can be wrong too. Wouldn’t you agree?

Try to think about things from another perspective. Nobody has all the answers in their pocket. Would you insult your wife, mother or sister if they thought differently than you? I hope not.

Trodding over the past doesn’t get anybody further down the road to enlightenment.

At the risk of sounding a little corny – Life isn’t about what happens to us, it’s about how we chose to react to situations that makes the measure of an individual.

Freedom and Liberty are the greatest possessions we as Americans have. Please don’t squander them. Everybody deserves a voice.

Che was a homicidal maniac

May 28th, 2009
1:25 pm

N.J, if your statement about voters in Cali were true then gay marriage would have passed with flying colors. Your logic and numbers don’t add up.

FACT: CALIFORNIA IS A DEMOCRAT STATE.

Pete Seguin

May 28th, 2009
1:25 pm

How much did the GOVERNMENT have to spend on NASA to get those products? Let see, the budget for NASA over it’s 51 year history has been $415.24 BILLION through FYE2009.

I wonder if that money could have been more efficiently spent in the private sector?

Jackie

May 28th, 2009
1:37 pm

@Che

You do not seem to comprehend that questions posed.
You deny that China plays a part in the global warming crisis because they are an industrial country. It appears to me that you are bolstering the argument that China is one of the primary causes of man-made warming because of their use of coal to generate electricity.

What do you think of that concept? You firmly state that China is industrial and Nancy Pelosi doesn’t know what she is talking about. Given your facts, please make a cogent counter-argument relative to China not being culpable for its role in the warming crisis.

Big Bucks GOP doing the Lords work

May 28th, 2009
1:42 pm

In the rarefied world of hedge funds, he is one of the greats — a
stock-picker who managed to make money, bull market or bear, for more
than two decades. Some have called him the grandfather of the modern
hedge fund industry.

But on Wednesday, Arthur J. Samberg told his investors that his long,
successful run was over. Mr. Samberg, 68, said he had reached a
“painful conclusion” to wind down his $3 billion investment firm,
Pequot Capital Management, because a long-simmering investigation into
insider trading at the fund was heating up once again.

It is a remarkable turn of events for Mr. Samberg, who withstood a
high-profile investigation in 2006, only to have it reopened late last
year, The New York Times’s Zachery Kouwe writes. Then, as now, he
maintained that Pequot did nothing wrong.

More broadly, there is a sense in the hedge-fund industry that the
Obama administration wants to tighten controls over these private
investment vehicles.

“The hedge fund industry definitely has a bull’s-eye on its back right
now,” Steven B. Nadel of the law firm Seward & Kissel told The Times.

Mara

May 28th, 2009
1:43 pm

NJ writes: Californias largest business sector is dying off because of conservative opposition to illegal aliens

EGAD! The Rule of Law destroys business?! Expecting farmers to adhere to legitimate labor laws is destroying California’s agriculture?! Oh, NO! We must open the borders! We MUST ive up our sovereignty and bow down to expedience! That’s the only way…

How can we possibly expect farmers to follow the labor and wage laws?! How?? Wait…I have it! We must do away with the Law! Yeah, that’s it! It’s interferring with the holy ‘bottom line’ therefore…it must go. That’ll fix everything! Whew…that was a tough one.

(/snark)

and by they way…it isn’t just ‘conservatives’ that oppose illegal immigration and open borders, there are liberals and moderates who oppose it too. Anyone who respects the rule of law and believes that we are all equal under the law should be against it.

Big Bucks GOP doing the Lords work

May 28th, 2009
1:43 pm

Bank of America said it has raised $26 billion since the government’s
stress test results were announced, including $5.9 billion by
converting preferred stock to common.

Big Bucks GOP doing the Lords work

May 28th, 2009
1:44 pm

Citigroup is in early negotiations with the Securities and Exchange
Commission to settle a probe into whether it misled investors by not
properly disclosing the amount of troubled mortgage assets it held as
the markets started to fall in 2007,

Che was a homicidal maniac

May 28th, 2009
1:44 pm

Jackie, one, I was not talking to you. 2: You pose statements and can’t back them up. F U!

Global warming is crap that Al Gore invented when he lost in 2000. No one can agree what causes it. First its people, then its cars…no wait its cow farts. You idiot libs have no moral standing in the world and have to make up crap in order to feel wanted and needed.

You trolls live your lives based on how you feel. I’m sure you don’t ride a bike to work, recycle your paper and plastic, have solar panels in your house and use a carpet bag to put your groceries in.

And I’m pretty sure you don’t drive a hybrid.

Che was a homicidal maniac

May 28th, 2009
1:45 pm

Jackie, also, China doesn’t give a rats ass about global scamming. They also don’t give a sh&t that you can’t pay your mortgage.

Paul A

May 28th, 2009
1:46 pm

Thank you Jackie @ 1:37 for posing a polite question to Che.

We as a nation would be well served if both sides tempered their passions with a little common courtesy. We don’t all have to agree but we can still behave like adults.

I hope others will take notice and be polite. You can ask a question or dissent without being an A..hole.

Normal

May 28th, 2009
1:52 pm

Che, have you taken your medication today? Just asking.

Mara

May 28th, 2009
1:55 pm

“The fact is, they have tried and tried and tried. But there are very few Americans who are willing to take the job in a hot field, doing backbreaking labor, in temperatures that often exceed 100 degrees. That is a fact.”

yeah, I bet they tried. Funny thing, though. A whole lot of the most desperate in Appalachia, the Gulf Coast, and the Upper Midwest and Upper Rockies don’t GET out of state newspapers. They don’t GET Craigslist. They don’t GET information on employment, on where they could stay, on where they might go next, on how much they could earn. It’s a false (and demeaning) stereo-type to say that Americans won’t do the work. These agri-businesses just aren’t looking in the right places. And IMHO, that’s not because they don’t know where to look…

Che was a homicidal maniac

May 28th, 2009
1:59 pm

Normal or should I say Copyleft, wow, have you ever considered a career in stand up comedy? I mean, your blatant hack attempt at an 80’s joke is really funny. If Macdonalds doesn’t work out for you there’s always stand up.

Paul A

May 28th, 2009
2:00 pm

To Pete Seguin @1:25pm

Yes Pete you are probably correct. I’ll bet Lockheed or Boeing or General Dynamics could have accomplished the same feats as NASA for a lot less money.

However, as of today the cost of the war in Iraq is $673,033,530,000 and counting. Perhaps that money could have been better spent by fixing our highways and bridges. In fact, I’ll bet that’s enough money to fix everything that’s broken or falling apart PLUS we could have cured cancer and AIDS.

Government isn’t the solution to everything but private industry runs by it’s own measures of success.

The insatiable love of money is truly the root of all evil. Please don’t misunderstand me Pete… I’m not allergic to a comfortable lifestyle but an overindulgence of anything can be toxic.

I prefer the love of my family and kids to any amount of cash.

N.J, is a Nitwit

May 28th, 2009
2:09 pm

Self-explanatory.

Munch

May 28th, 2009
2:13 pm

Pelosicrat, I hate to burst your happy bubble of paranoia, but it seems your math skills are wanting.

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Overall, 88 percent of the contributions from car dealers went to Republican candidates and just 12 percent to Democratic candidates. By comparison, the list of dealers on Doug Ross’s list (which I haven’t vetted, but I assume is fine) gave 92 percent of their money to Republicans — not really a significant difference.

There’s no conspiracy here, folks — just some bad math.

It shouldn’t be any surprise, by the way, that car dealers tend to vote — and donate — Republican. Car dealers are usually male, they are usually older (you don’t own an auto dealership in your 20s), and they have obvious reasons to be pro-business, pro-tax cut, anti-green energy and anti-labor. Car dealerships need quite a bit of space and will tend to be located in suburban or rural areas. I can’t think of too many other occupations that are more natural fits for the Republican Party. Unfortunately, while we are still a nation of drivers, we are not a nation of dealers.

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Thus, Pelosicrat, most of the car dealerships being closed are Republicans because MOST CAR DEALERS ARE REPUBLICAN.

Normal

May 28th, 2009
2:14 pm

Che, I think you should go down to the Free Clinic and get a
Milk of Human Kindness transfusion, you’re kindness level is
pretty low. You’re not Dick Cheney in drag, are you?

Che was a homicidal maniac

May 28th, 2009
2:18 pm

Normal, free clinic? Wow, the hilarity ensues. Do us all a favor AB-Normal. Get your GED, get into a small community college and transfer to a nice state university. Come back and then we can have an adult conversation.

deegee

May 28th, 2009
2:19 pm

Mara, how is it that an uneducated teenager from the backwoods of Guatemala can cross thousands of miles of rugged terrain and find an agricultural job in California but an uneducated teenager from Appalachia just can’t seem to find that same job? Doesn’t that pretty much sum it up for you?

Che was a homicidal maniac

May 28th, 2009
2:21 pm

Munch, most car dealers are republicans? Did you take a survey with ACCORN to get this data?

Most car dealers are trying to make money for their families while low class worthless pieces of crap welfare babies, like yourself, are too busy crying that others have more than you.

Its no wonder Democrats are the party of welfare baby mamas, felons and illegal aliens. Oh, and transgendered confused he/shes who don’t know if they want a penis or a vagina.

Suck on that for a while.

Paul A

May 28th, 2009
2:22 pm

deegee @ 2:19pm has a point.

What else can be said… It’s a fair question.

Mac, oka Maniac is Accurate

May 28th, 2009
2:27 pm

Point of clarification. Che is not me and I am not he.

oka=occasionally known as

Normal

May 28th, 2009
2:28 pm

It was nice reading all of you blogs today, yes even you Che, you are
one funny guy, you ought to be on a stage, there’s one leaving in ten
minutes, da-dum. I’m going to get my transfusion now, so no matter the
subject, I will be all happy, happy, joy, joy, in love with mankind.
Yes, even you Che. By the way, please watch your blood pressure, Che.
I need you around. You are good for my morale. Everytime I feel down,
I just think of you and feel better. Works every time, thanks.
See y’all tomorrow.

Che was a homicidal maniac

May 28th, 2009
2:31 pm

Mac, oka Maniac is Accurate, WTF are you talking about?

Ab-Normal, remember to ask, would you like fries with that? Have a good night and remember to lock up the freezer after your shift ends.

Copyleft

May 28th, 2009
2:32 pm

Paul A: Yes, I’d agree with what you said.

“We have the US Postal Service and AMTRAK, which I believe and most reasonable people would agree, are terrible wastes of dollars. We also have NASA, the CDC and NIH. I think most folks would concede these are good programs.
Would you agree this statement is accurate?”

Certainly. Although I suspect that Che-Maniac, as consumed with incoherent hate and rage as he is, would not.

“Why are you so hostile towards people who think differently than you do? Is it not possible that there are two sides to every argument and sometimes both can be right? Sometimes both can be wrong too. Wouldn’t you agree?”

Of course. And if someone raises a valid point politely and intelligently, I’m glad to debate them. The Maniac, as you’ve seen demonstrated here, cannot do this. All he can do is scream and throw poo… rather like the primates I see at the Zoo every summer.

Che doesn’t get respectful treatment because he hasn’t earned it–and you earn it by demonstrating it yourself. Che cannot.