The Christian Science Monitor has an article today about Newt Gingrich, former House speaker and potential 2008 Presidential candidate (although Gingrich plays down the latter in the article.) When asked what government programs he would like to see cut, Gingrich responded:
Why is NASA running the space shuttle? Just ask yourself, why would you have thousands of people sitting around Cape Kennedy [sic], waiting for the shuttle to be relaunched? And to what degree does the scale of government bureaucracy tell you a lot about why NASA has not been more effective in moving America into space? I’m very much for a space program but you know, we built the transcontinental railroad with government incentives but without a government bureaucracy of railroad builders.
No surprise for those who have followed Gingrich over the years, including his new book, which devotes a page and half to his space policy vision.