I prefer my Bautforum politics free, it suits the site and I believe that it is a benefit most of the time.
However, this year NASA is in seriously trouble and I think that Baut should at least say something about it. And it does come come down to politics.
Let me qualify all of this: I am not proposing that we slaughter the moderation team by either allowing politics or creating a crazy quilt of acceptable political posting rules. That would be a nightmare.
I think we should politely (but firmly) ask Fraser Cain and Phil Plait to write more about the budget problem and use a particular hashtag when doing so. Since those two (perhaps there are others) have more freedom to "go political" and post those links here on the board (while not discussing here), they should do so prolifically. They should mention other social media outlets where politics are allowed, preferably media sites that require a name so they don't appear to have a horde of anonymous zombies following them. Google+ and Facebook spring to mind, because once you have any account you don't need permission to use it. Directing people to other boards, news and blogs has the issue of possibly causing evil traffic problems.
I am pretty sure Phil P. and Fraser C. already have posted about the disappointing budget... but maybe they could do so with more zeal?
Perhaps the moderation team could ask them if Phil and Fraser don't read often enough to see this post. Maybe, the moderation team (or Phil and Fraser) could allow a sticky'ed post as recap or roadmap to places where this topic is hot (and welcome).