In their continuing effort to put the best man in the proper position to do the best job possible, the GOP has announced that Senator Ted Cruz will be chair of the subcommittee on Space, Science, and Competitiveness.
I suppose it’s only fitting; Cruz doesn’t live here on Earth, anyway.
What this means is that the Senator from America’s America will be overseeing NASA and other science programs.
This follows on the heels of Senator John Thune’s ratification as chair of the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee last week. Cruz was appointed on 8 January, and while they may think that he’s in the best position to do the job, Cruz isn’t even fit to run the night-shift at a 7-Eleven. Cruz led the charge for the 2013 government shutdown that should have gotten our National Credit score pinged, but didn’t because we threw a collective temper tantrum (wouldn’t be nice to be able to protect your own personal credit score like that?).
Cruz’s 16-day government shutdown barred 97% of NASA’s employees from appearing for work. Interns at the agency were temporarily displaced when NASA-provided houses was closed off during the shutdown, and the agency suffered lasting damage due to the freeze.
The NIH also suffered damage during the government shutdown; the shutdown lead to new clinical trials being suspended. The EPA was also compromised, with 90% of the employees on leave. Of course, because Conservatives love destroying the environment, they’ll cheer at that.
NASA hasn’t been quite regarding climate change, either; just about every climate change piece I write, I link back to the NASA website on climate change. Cruz, meanwhile, is a denier, and has claimed that there isn’t enough evidence to prove global warming is occurring. He told CNN that it was a “so-called theory,” proving that he has no idea what theory means:
Contrary to all the theories that — that they are expounding, there should have been warming over the last 15 years. It hasn’t happened.
One wonders how he could even see warming with his head crammed that far up Big Oil’s ass.
In 2013, Cruz said that, “it’s critical that the United States ensure its continued leadership in space.” We’ll find out if he means now that he’s controlling it, because he didn’t see to care during the government shutdown.
h/t Huffington Post