I spent eight years on NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope.
I have never seen anything like that.
NASA just sent employees an email seeking volunteers to help staff facilities for unaccompanied migrant children per. Internal email provided to me: pic.twitter.com/erAGwjK3KB
– Ken Klippenstein (@kenklippenstein) April 6, 2021
Now I was not a federal employee. Most of NASA is not. NASA has a big name, but it’s a small agency, and most of it is contractors. The federal staff manages these contractors and the agency’s programs. The Perseverance Rover is an example of one of these programs, as is Hubble, and its successor, the soon-to-be launched James Webb Space Telescope.
The federal staff is the backbone of the most private agency that puts rockets and humans in space and researches aviation. It̵
There is nothing about controlling children at the border in that name. Nothing. If any of the federal staff had been asked to volunteer for the Border Patrol back when I was at Hubble, we would all have heard of it.
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But here we are. The Biden administration on day 1 irresponsibly threw the border wide open. Hundreds of thousands of migrants have crossed it illegally. There are at least 18,000 children being held in some type of overcrowded facility. Border towns are overwhelmed. The federal government is so overwhelmed that it is now trying to take its space program staff, leaders and the odd astronauts and rocket scientists from their important work in one of the smallest federal agencies to deal with this unfolding disaster at the border.
The Biden administration flutters. It’s trying to blame Trump now, but the migrants are not wearing MAGA hats. They have “Biden let’s come in!” shirts and tells any reporter they came because Biden asked them to.
Trump left Biden a fairly orderly border. The wall that Biden and his people spotted was nearing completion; Biden inherited shovel-ready infrastructure jobs right there, but he immediately canceled them for that despite Trump and his supporters. The bite, according to Obama’s quote about his tendency to “f *** things up”, has gone and done just that.
How do I know? Biden has called on other major agencies to come in and help for a few weeks. That was not enough. It was a dud. Who knew a bunch of government fat cats living in millions of dollars in Bethesda, Md. And northern Virginia, do not want to push to the border where it is dangerous and they will have to think of thousands of children? And by the way also handle more COVID. And hyper-violent drug cartels that make Blackbeard look like a schoolboy. Shocking that they are not getting enough volunteers, right?
This NASA email appears to be an escalation from the personnel perspective and from the facility perspective, as Biden’s people began considering using a NASA facility to house migrants back in March. Put your mind around it. NASA facilities are not designed for that. They are either designed for rocket research and actual launches, they are designed to build satellites in clean spaces, they are designed for aerospace research or other research, or they are academic and office buildings. What part of it says “Let’s pick a bunch of wandering kids here”?
NASA people are not designed for this either. They are program staff and managers and physicists at the top level and the like. These are very clever people who do amazing things, but mass child care in convention centers and tent cities is far from “other tasks as assigned.” Or even voluntarily in this case.
They have been trying to hire babysitters for a whopping salary of $ 144,000 per year. Victoria Taft’s report in March. We also have … this. Egad. All this Biden does. But we escaped the average tweets. It’s something.
Biden is now trying to pull NASA people out of working on space research – their nuclear mission, and one that is as important as ever with China on the rise – to deal with the border chaos he created out of stupidity and defiance. It is not good. Joe Biden (or the one who makes his decisions for him) is an idiot.