Griffin is not the only one firing preemptive strikes. Some members of Congress have been reminding reporters that Congress is in charge of the nation's checkbook. Here are the words of Florida Sen. Bill Nelson, one of two politicians - three if you count John Glenn - who parlayed their interest in space (and their connections) to fly on the space shuttle:
If early reports for what the White House wants to do with NASA are correct, then the president's green-eyeshade-wearing advisors are dead wrong. And I, for one, intend to stand up and fight for NASA, and for the thousands of people who stand to lose their jobs.
Look, our space program is the very reason very we have products like GPS systems, special firefighter equipment, climate change and hurricane satellites, auto airbags, and health care devices such as kidney and heart pumps and Lasik surgery.
NASA also has enabled America to have the most advanced satellite technology for national security purposes.
And it has been NASA that has inspired generations of young Americans to pursue careers in science, technology and engineering – keeping the U.S. a global leader in those fields.