Precisely because of Hubble's extraordinary contributions in the past and promised contributions in the future, I... believe it is important that the decision to cancel the planned servicing mission to Hubble be reviewed by an independent panel of experts and all options for safely carrying it out be examined.
We've all heard the stories about people cutting their pills in half, choosing between paying for drugs and paying for food, or forgoing the medications altogether. These folks shouldn't be faced with these choices at all. It's time that Congress help high-risk pools, consumers, employers and state legislatures control the rising cost of healthcare.
We're engaged in an expensive war overseas, we're spending more than we take in, and even the rosiest economic predictions forecast annual budget deficits in the range of 300 billion for years to come. It matters because our debt is a tax on our children, who'll have to repay with interest the money we are borrowing now. It also matters because deficit spending can also drive up interest rates, making it even harder on families already struggling to pay for health care and education.