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Stuart Carlson

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  1. echoraven

    echoraven said, over 1 year ago

    No. Not even close.

  2. Enoki

    Enoki said, over 1 year ago

    NASA took decades to get things to work and even then space flight was rare and very expensive to accomplish. Is that any kind of example for Obamacare?

  3. jack75287

    jack75287 said, over 1 year ago

    They did the rocket science to take us to the moon in ten years. Bad example.

  4. Enoki

    Enoki said, over 1 year ago


    Actually, Jack if you include the underlying research and development it took dozens of unrelated systems in development over almost 30 years to get to that point.

  5. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    NASA famously (thanks Alan Shepherd) started out with everything built by the lowest bidder. Thanks to Republicans, Medicare drugs are purchased from the HIGHEST bidder, able to charge whatever they want! “Obamacare” didn’t include the wisdom of “single payer”, but instead, to please the “right” forced folks to buy from private insurance companies. Limits on those ripoff artists led to a FEW comparative policies being cancelled, and SHIFTED to NEW policies.

    The Bill DOES require some fixes, the signup “glitch” isn’t even comparable to a Fourth of July bottle rocket “failure”, let alone a Vanguard or a Saturn Five.

    Something else from the ’60’s is far more relevant to the right-wing opposition to everything Obama has tried to achieve, the Civil Rights Act, and shift of “southern Democrats” to the Republican Party, and the whole “birther” argument PROVES that indeed, a large segment of our national mentality has NOT yet accepted the purpose of the Civil Rights Act. (You can also find some like comparisons with regard to immigration reform!)

  6. mdavis4183

    mdavis4183 GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    No one tried to fine Americans over NASA.

  7. Michael wme

    Michael wme said, over 1 year ago

    A lot of German rocket scientists raced to turn themselves in to US forces, since the alternative was capture by USSR forces.

    Eisenhower ordered that they NOT be allowed to help with the US apace race: the US had to prove it was better than Nazi Germany, and that US scientists with no German ancestors could out-do the Germans.

    And the American rockets all blew up on the launchpad.

    Then the Soviets put men into space, and Eisenhower had a change of heart: the German rocket scientists were allowed to help, lest the Soviets overwhelm the US.

    However, after the fall of the USSR, after most KGB agents lost their jobs and were desperate, some former KGB agents sold their stories to the West. The Soviet scientists were never able to produce a working rocket. The entire Soviet space program was only made possible by the KGB, who stole US plans from 1959 and gave them to Soviet scientists in 1955, thereby enabling the Soviet scientist to put men into space before the US, but entirely with stolen US science!

  8. Robert Landers

    Robert Landers said, over 1 year ago


    Just one minor correction to your post dtroutma. The Saturn V never had a failure, if it had, it would have been one of the largest explosions in history outside of a nuclear explosion!! However, you are correct about the vanguard.

  9. Robert Landers

    Robert Landers said, over 1 year ago

    @Robert Landers

    Also, the early explosive and spectacular failures of such rockets as the Atlas and Delta were not NASA failures. If they had been we would have lost astronauts long before the fire in the capsule of the Saturn 1 on the pad. All of these early spectacular failures of such rockets were failures of the military versions of these machines. But, at that time it really did not matter, as we were trying to develop both ICBM’s and IRBM’s to counter the USSR in carrying nuclear war heads, and Congress basically voted unlimited funds to do this.

  10. Distantdanger1

    Distantdanger1 said, over 1 year ago

    This comic is so wrong. There is MAJOR differences between the design and development of spacecraft versus writing legislation that was designed to control the US populace and take over 1/6th of the US economy…. This comic FAILS in any form of comparison… What a looser artist. Go hug a liberal.

  11. lonecat

    lonecat said, over 1 year ago

    @Michael wme

    There was a movie made about the German rocket scientist Wernher von Braun titled “I Aim for the Stars”, but the buzz around NASA was that the real title was “I Aim for the Stars But Sometimes I Hit London Instead.”

  12. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    Back to the ACA discussion (aware no Saturn V blew, my brother worked on the engine team for a while), consider this:

    Hmm, I’m reminded, thinking down the road a few years, of all the TEA party folks screaming “Keep the Government out of my Medicare!”

  13. Baslim the beggar says, "The past is the enemy of the future."

    Baslim the beggar says, "The past is the enemy of the future." GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    The actual case that would fit this cartoon is the Vanguard launch.


    In 1956, Von Braun and his team said they could get a satellite up quickly, but Eisenhower did not want a military-developed rocket (the Army Redstone) to be used to launch a satellite. He was trying for a non-military approach to space. (And yet the Navy (Naval Research Laboratory) was deeply involved in the Vanguard development…)


    The Vanguard blew up on the launch pad, as witnessed by a nation-wide TV audience in December, 1957. Von Braun and his team got the go-ahead to launch a satellite, whcih they did January 31, 1958 on the first try. (Only 3 of 11 Vanguards made it to orbit.)


    The moral is: if you pick a contractor with insufficient experience, manpower, etc. you stand an excellent chance of experiencing a failure to launch.


    IBM was a bidder on the ACA contract work, but were passed over for some loser company. Has IBM done really big systems? Uh, yeah, a few…

  14. Baslim the beggar says, "The past is the enemy of the future."
  15. Mr. Ngn33r

    Mr. Ngn33r GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    @Baslim the beggar says, "The past is the enemy of the future."

    The “Loser Company” was chosen, vetted and certified for US Government work and had successfully completed projects…before Obama was even nominated…so a successful history…and was ‘winner’ of 3 companies bidding. Someone did all the research here:

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