Remember that nurse in grade school that made you pull down your shorts for a shot? Remember how you think she did it, not to make you feel better, but because she wanted to enjoy in your terror. You know the one...
The "nurses" building Orion would derive the same sense of pleasure, pulling down the shorts of the Emperor, if he had any. You know they would have a small grin on their face as they reach around to calm him down, just before sticking the red hot poker of an increased price tag in front of him.
That's what the Nurse Karas has his team preparing to ask for right now. Subcontractors are being asked to providing support for their claims of increased cost, as is the internal team that has been collecting new requirements from the minions, waiting for this day. With the Russians' Soyuz problems, COTS delays, and the Chinese knocking at the door, what better time to go in asking for a handout?
The Emperor has been telling Congressfolk that $2,000,000,000.00 would pull in the schedule of Orion to 2013. We're guessing now, that even if that $2,000,000,000.00 magically appeared, the new price tag means that Orion just slipped to 2016. And if the other funds, don't appear?
"Bend over and take it like a man, son..."