An anonymous reader writes: Rand Simberg talks about the current NASA crew transport to ISS mess. Congress just cut the private commercial space funding being provided to NASA in order to provide a native US astronaut transportation capability independent of the Russian Soyuz. The US commercial flights would cost less per seat than the current Russian Soyuz flights. All of this is happening at a time where the US is imposing sanctions on Russia because of the Ukrainian crisis. (Rand is doing a Kickstarter about alternative ways to fund space development).