I reaffirm that I am an independent. I am neither left nor right. I am on the side of logic, and whether or not a particular party is on the side of logic on a particular issue is dependent on the time of day. Left, right; democrat, republican; liberal, conservative mean nothing.
This is bad news for me. The probably scrubbed missions would provide funding for my Ph.D. work if I were to go to Texas A&M. No missions, no funding. Yet another instance of the beurocrats with no scientific background dictating scientific progress and policy. It’s inane.