Won’t Get Fooled Again
How’s That Hopey-Changey Stuff Working Out For Ya?
How about these New Year’s resolutions: admit GPS is critical infrastructure, support multi-GNSS monitoring, ensure location privacy for citizens, and figure out a real backup for PNT.
How many times, as some once-promising politician stumbles up against his pull date, have we heard that irreverent anthem of The Who invoked?
Yes, back in the wreckage of the second George Bush’s second term, Barack Obama looked pretty good by comparison. Even then, though, raising the banner of “Hope” before the eyes of a desperate nation was a risky thing to do.
But now — much as I hate it — I’d have to answer Sarah Palin’s snide query, “How’s That Hopey-Changey Stuff Working Out For Ya?’’ Not so well, Mrs. Palin, really not so well.
And back in 2009, Obama’s resistance to being separated from his Blackberry by security-minded officials seemed amusing — a generational indication that smartphones might be competing for the affections of Americans toward their automobiles. Instead, it actually foreshadowed U.S. eavesdropping on the phones of world leaders.
What seemed wonkish but well-informed inclination toward new technology turned out to be mere fancy for the hipness of social media. Hence, the near-catastrophe of LightSquared driven by an impulsive search for 500 megahertz of RF spectrum to reallocate as wireless broadband.
No, once in the White House, the execution of plans fell far short of the rhetoric. Thus, the early promise to close our gulag for terrorists at Guantanamo — filled with innocent and guilty alike — appears no more likely to happen in 2014 than in 2009.
Any more than Obama’s teaching courses in constitutional law seems to have engendered a respect for the protections of the U.S. Constitution.
Or that the good intentions of universal health insurance coverage could survive its poor design and disastrous rollout. “Let it be written, let it be done,” did not work any better for the president’s health care mandate than the same mantra did for Yul Brynner as Pharaoh in “The Ten Commandments.”
What would I like to see this administration achieve in the way of space-based positioning, navigation, and timing (PNT) before last call at the polls in 2016? Well, for a starter, here’s a short list:
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