Monday, August 22, 2011

Carafano: America is forfeiting its place in space

via Washington Examiner
  • A satellite orbiting the Earth contains absolutely no critical parts made in the USA.

  • How has this happened? 

  • During the Cold War, Congress enacted the International Traffic in Arms Regulations Act...

  • enacted a sweeping set of new rules that served only to punish American companies that were playing by the rules.

  • Many of our universities, for example, have simply stopped teaching courses related to satellite technologies

  • it is past time to shed irrational regulations

  • The U.S. is on the verge of ceasing to be a space superpower. And most of the damage that has brought us to this point has been self-inflicted -- by our own excessive laws and regulations.

The fear of being prosecuted under this law seems pretty real to me.  Evidently, it is counter productive.

Who's to blame?  Who cares.  If it is broke, fix it.

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