Economy

Getting Re-Accommodated with the Friendly Skies

The cutline on my first sketch for this cartoon read, “You just got x-rayed, searched, and groped… now you’re surprised we’re taking your seat?!” But I changed it when I read that United CEO Oscar Munoz said the airline “re-accomodated” the lucky passengers. CNBC reports Munoz was named communicator of the year by a public relations group in

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War on Coal

Trump ended Obama’s war on coal, as promised. Come to think of it, I don’t know why Obama declared the war in the first place. Or why Hillary signed on for it. The natural gas industry went to war against coal for them. Gas is cheap, clean, and – despite President Obama’s efforts – plentiful. So, looks like a rout.

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United Leggings

United Airlines created a social media uproar when it kicked two teenage girls off a flight for wearing leggings. Turns out you can wear all the leggings you want.  Even if you’re Caitlyn Jenner. The girls were subject to a dress code because they were flying free on an employee pass.

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ObamaCare Entitlement

ObamaCare was passed by the Democrats on Christmas Eve 2009, so we could find out what was in the bill. It has been unpopular with the American people ever since. But since then it has become the ObamaCare entitlement. Now, despite all the people who lost their doctors. And all the people who lost their insurance coverage. Twenty million other people

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Republicans’ Pre-Existing Condition

The Republicans are selling a health care plan with no mandates that you buy it. And they won’t turn you down if you have a pre-existing condition. So why would you pay for health care before you need it? Here’s Dr. Krauthammer on that: It’s not just Donald Trump who ran on retaining this new, yes, entitlement. Everyone did. But it’s

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Provisions from American Space Renaissance Act Included in NASA Transition Authorization Act of 2017

March 7th, the House of Representatives passed S. 442, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration Transition Authorization Act of 2017, passed by the Senate in February. The bill will now go to the President for his signature.

For our space program to be successful, NASA needs consistency in its mission. The NASA Transition Authorization Act keeps a mission to Mars as NASA’s horizon goal, supporting the critical deep space exploration systems as well as partnerships with industry that will make this horizon goal successful. This bill also recognizes the importance of the Moon in these plans as well as the role NASA plays in lowering barriers to access for other actors in space.

S. 442 includes several provisions from my American Space Renaissance Act, H.R. 4945 introduced in the 114th Congress:

  • Launch Indemnification: Allows the NASA Administrator to determine a maximum probable loss for a launch, and set the insurance requirements to that determination. This provides flexibility to launch providers and could potentially lead to cheaper launches.
  • Orbital debris removal: Calls for a review of concepts and technologies for removing existing orbital debris, enhancing the safety of the space environment.
  • ISS transition plan: Requires NASA to develop a plan to transition from NASA sponsorship of the ISS to other regimes, critical to ensure the United States does not suffer a gap in low Earth orbit presence.
  • Venture Class launch: Indicates Congress’ support for the Venture Class Launch Services program, a key program to enhance the domestic commercial launch industry and ensure we have necessary capabilities in the United States.