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GOING TO MARS IN 2030 REQUIRES AN IMMEDIATE INCREASE IN NASA FUNDING

Mission Viejo’s Mayor Greg Raths, a decorated Marine jet fighter pilot, today recalled watching the moon landing as a 15-year old. “The entire world was amazed at the bravery of our astronauts Armstrong, Aldrin and Collins, and in awe seeing Armstrong take ‘one giant leap for mankind’”, Raths said today. “I was so proud to be an American on the day that my country won the space race.

On that and every day since I have known that ours is truly the greatest nation on earth!” Noting that yesterday’s National Review magazine published an article “America’s New Crisis of Confidence”, Raths pointed out that view is limited to Democrats: “Katie Porter thinks that patriotism is wrong. She doesn’t believe in ‘American Exceptionalism’. Well I do. When I put on my country’s uniform and went into combat I never thought the day would come when members of Congress demand impeachment of a president for saying, in effect, ‘America, Love it or Leave it’. When Katie Porter cried out earlier this month for impeachment, I was heartsick that she is representing me in Congress.”

The time has come for America to fully commit to putting a man on Mars. In December 2003, Buzz Aldrin called for NASA to go to Mars. When President Obama and the Democrats in Congress defunded NASA in 2010, Raths agreed with Neil Armstrong, when he observed: “When President Obama recently released his budget for NASA, he proposed a slight increase in total funding…the accompanying decision to cancel the Constellation program, its Ares 1 and Ares V rockets, and the Orion spacecraft, is devastating.”

But today, Raths believes, we are on the right path. “NASA’s ‘Journey to Mars’ Program will bring huge advances in technology and science with practical benefits long before man ever sets foot on the Red Planet. But the House of Representatives has ignored the White House’s supplemental NASA budget request for 2020. If elected to Congress, I pledge to fully support funding for NASA”, Raths promised.

“I will always be proud of my country and the brave men of Apollo 11. Although written decades before their mission, the poet beautifully captured the vision of Armstrong, Collins and Aldrin on that fateful day 50 yeas ago: ‘I’ve topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace, where never lark, or even eagle, flew; and, while with silent, lifting mind I’ve trod the high untrespassed sanctity of space, put out my hand and touched the face of God.”

Mission Viejo, CA – 07/17/2019