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Senator Bill Nelson Talks About NASA’s Future, Says Space Travel to Resume

by Javier Manjarres

The U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce held their annual meeting at the Fountainbleu Hotel in Miami Beach, Florida, with hundreds of  Hispanic business owners gathered to give one another ‘attaboys’ for their efforts as they pertain to ‘minority’ job creation. Unfortunately, these attendees were severely lacking in proper etiquette and manners, as Senator Marco Rubio, who keynoted the event soon found out. Rubio and other dignitaries were shown unbelievable disrepect when the crowd of about 500-600 carried on about themselves and ignored the speakers as they addressed the crowd, and many in the crowd were probably were raising their voices as loud as they could in an attempt to drown out the event’s invited speakers- such as classless crowd, but I repeat myself.

One of the rarest occurrences in Florida politics is a chance encounter with Democrat U.S. Senator Bill Nelson.  As I exited the event, lo and behold, there was Senator Nelson himself!  Senator Nelson was checking into the hotel and was lounging in the waiting area, so I  moseyed my way over to the good Senator to say hello and had the chance to ask him a couple of questions that many Floridians would like answered.

Regarding the Republican U.S. Senate primary race, Nelson acknowledged that he knows Senator LeMieux and that his past association with former Republican Party of Florida (RPOF) boss, Jim Greer could have a negative impact on his chances in the primary race.  Aside from LeMieux, Nelson indicated he has not been following the race or could name any of the other candidates.

Because the jobs issue is front and center in the political world, I asked Senator Nelson about the recent NASA ‘shutdown’ and what will happen to his beloved space program. Senator Nelson said that NASA is alive and well, and the Obama administration had to cut the program and lay off  workers due to the ailing economy. The most interesting reason Senator Nelson gave for shutting down the space program was that according to him, NASA needed to make the safer space crafts before anymore manned space exploration could continue. Nelson also went on to say that these jobs will come back when NASA resumes plans of future space exploration, starting with the recent launch to explore the planet of Jupiter. According to Nelson, over the next 10-20 years, NASA will take upon very lofty endeavors of landing a manned space vessel on Mars, as well as landing one on an Asteroid.

“We needed to make the spacecraft safer.” – Senator Bill Nelson, on why NASA suspended space flight and the shuttle program

The Florida Space Coast has been decimated with staggering unemployment numbers after President Obama halted NASA operations and stated that NASA would be used for ‘Muslim outreach’- no word yet from the Obama administration on just how well those outreach efforts are going.

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Javier Manjarres
Javier Manjarres

As the managing editor of The Shark Tank, Javier was awarded the 2011 CPAC Blogger of the Year. Countless videos and articles from the Shark Tank have been featured on Fox News, The Hill, Wall Street Journal, and other national news publications. Javier has also appeared on Univision’s “Al Punto” and numerous radio shows, including being the weekly 92.5 Fox News' DayBreak with Drew Steele political contributor, as well as one of NewsmaxTV's conservative commentators. Javier has also authored "BROWN PEOPLE," which is a book about Hispanic Politics. Learn more at

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  • Gary Brubaker, Sr.

    The statement that NASA will continue is most likely true…after BHO is out of office, but not before. Nelson knows that unless it is going to be a muslim led flight there will not be one while BHO is in White House. Unless of course, he can tell the voters that it will continue and just like all the other promisses he will not deliver and he will use it for re-election only…tell us anything and give us BS.

    • Cherieo

      Mr. Ben is running scared these days. He now knows he must say or do most anything to sound Senatorial and get on the ‘right-side’ of the voters. This article about NASA is a big joke. He is an Obama-clone..pure and simple..he’s not fooling anyone but himself.
      NASA won’t continue on until after Obama is gone.

  • 1776Liberal

    The only “Muslim outreach” that NASA should be performing is assisting our military “reach out” to obliterate Islamic terrorists, both foreign and domestic, from the face of this earth.

  • CaptTurbo

    Bill Nelson dwells so deep in Obama’s pocket that the air must smell funny. He is a big government spendocrat liberal who’s days of mis-service will be drawing to a close at the next election.

    I wish NASA had made one more launch to deliver Bill Nelson to the moon to leave him there. NASA has no love for Nelson, who blackmailed them into letting him waste a seat on a shuttle flight.

    • jj

      That ain’t his pocket that Senator Knothead is in.

  • LV

    Senator “Howdy Doody” has done NOTHING for FL. He is just another commie
    Obamie stooge.

  • Cherieo

    Re: CaptTurbo…AGREE…he is so deep in Obama’s pocket along with Dickie Durbin in Illinois. Need to clean house in the Senate come November. America needs NASA and they will not be back until Obama & Nelson & Durbin are history!

  • Perseids

    Pardon me, but just where was this idiot when obozo began his systematic reign of destruction upon what once was NASA and its man space flight mission? The launch platform that sent Americans to the Moon has been scrapped and turned into sewer pipes. A fitting legacy in Obama’s eyes. Where was Sen. Bill Nelson that day? No doubt relearning how to tie his shoes. Velcro is so much easier for billy.

    I do hope this pos goes to the cape during his last gasp effort to keep his death grip on power campaign. Hopefully every single unemployed worker will be there to give him an appropriate greeting.

    Were I him, I would be ashamed to show my face in public, let alone even dare to speak the name of NASA. What a worthless pile of excrement. There is not enough bad that can come his way.

  • Donna

    Go Team Hasner!

  • Vincent Ivers

    Senator Nelson stop kissing up to Obama and his Chicago hoods. Work on solving some of America’s many problems like massive debt and crazy spending. The problem is not so hard stop the crazy spending.

  • Vincent Ivers

    Senator Nelson stop kissing up to Obama and his Chicago hoods. The problems are many and we cant afford the crazy spending and massive debt.
    Obama’s jobs bill is just another massive tax and spend bill.

  • Vincent Ivers

    Senator Nelson please stop the crazy spending. Think of the future of this country and stop following Obama and his Chicago hoods. The problem are many stop with the spending already. Obama’s jobs bill is just another tax and spend bill. How surprising from a Socialist.

  • Vincent Ivers

    Stop the spending.

  • George Blumel

    It is typical for an entrenched career politician to not even know the names of his possible opponents. That is, if he is not lying about that –another attribute of the professional politician. When one spends his entire adult life in politics one becomes adept at getting reelected and, of course, for a professional politician that is Job #1. See for more on Nelson’s career and how he helped put the country in a $14.7 trillion hole.

    We are fortunate that a couple of the Republican candidates are not career pols –McCalister is a retired Army officer, Miller is a retired successful businessman (as is our Governor Rick Scott); Hasner and Lemieux have served but are not (yet) considered careerists.

  • grandmaof5

    First he was ‘against’ Obamacare and then he voted ‘for’ Obamacare. His pseudo support for the space program is a joke, and just a bit late; he supported cap and tax. There is nothing Bill Nelson does that benefits Floridians or Americans and he needs to go in 2012. He grades an “F” on, both nationally and as our state senator.

  • harry houdini

    Senator Nelson is “in love” with his position as U.S. Senator. He married into an aristocratic family whose in-laws still run their household like a plantation. He is a do nothing senator who feels like he is entitled to the job of U.S. Senator and only goes to work around election time.

  • GenEarly

    Nelson = A$$. Nuff said.

  • http://aol evelyn

    hi all,
    about time (smily) bill nelson calls it a a day,he’s done the time,now its time to retire and let someone else put their two sense in his place in fl.
    its beginning to look like we’re seeing a lot of new (interesting) canidates on the horrizon.
    i think our AMERICA has to be very vigilent and keep watch over our country.before it disappears from our eyes.
    i say stand up america this is my country, stay out if you don’t like our rules of our constitution.STAND_UP AMERICA and BE COUNTED this is our country.