Revisionist history from Barry Loudermilk: moon shot edition

25
Jun

Revisionist history from Barry Loudermilk: moon shot edition

Barry Loudermilk, who is running for Congress in Georgia’s 11th District (GA-11) has called himself an “historian and Constitutional scholar.” If his grasp of the Constitution is anything like his incorrect understanding of history, voters should be scared.

“What the amazing thing was, when President Kennedy set out there and said, ‘we’re going to go to the moon in this decade,’ he didn’t create a government bureaucracy to do it, we created NASA to oversee it and turned it over to the private sector. We turned it over to the free market system and said ‘you guys figure out how to get there.,” said Loudermilk.

In fact, NASA was, and continues to be, a government agency. Also, it was not created by President Kennedy, but by President Eisenhower in 1958.

Kennedy said, on May 25, 1961, “I therefore ask the Congress, above and beyond the increases I have earlier requested for space activities, to provide the funds which are needed to meet the following national goals. First, I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal before this decade it out, of landing a man on the moon…”

“In conclusion, let me emphasize one point: it is not a pleasure of any President of the United States, as I’m sure it was not a pleasure for my predecessor, to come before the Congress and ask for new appropriations, which place burdens on our people.”

 

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