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The Wrong Kind Of Partisan

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Old January 24th 04, 05:04 PM
Rand Simberg
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On Sat, 24 Jan 2004 08:54:27 -0800 (PST), in a place far, far away,
Jim Kingdon made the phosphor on my monitor glow
in such a way as to indicate that:

the Dems say they want to complete, and continue to support, the Bill
Clinton International Space Station.

Do you mean the Ronald Reagan Space Station?

Actually, ISS is more of a Clinton station. Freedom, which would have
been at 28.5 degrees, was the Reagan station--it died in 1993.

Old January 24th 04, 10:18 PM
Jorge R. Frank
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Jim Kingdon wrote in
I doubt it. The Democrats have always (in recent times, anyway)
opposed more money for NASA. During the Clinton years, NASA funding
was flat (slightly declining, I think).

Both, actually. :-) It was flat in current-year dollars, and declining in
constant-year dollars.

FY NASA Budget ($M)
Current FY2004$
year $
1993 $14,305 $17,339 Last Bush-41 budget
1994 $13,695 $16,248 First Clinton budget
1995 $13,378 $15,535
1996 $13,881 $15,804
1997 $14,360 $16,036
1998 $14,206 $15,643
1999 $13,664 $14,848
2000 $13,442 $14,331
2001 $14,095 $14,668 Last Clinton budget

Clinton raised NASA's budget three times, and cut it five times. Two of the
three increases (FY97 and FY01) were proposed in election years. The
overall cut was about 1.5% in current-year dollars, 15% in constant-year

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