Congresswomen Moves To Stop Military From Spending $100 Million in NASCAR Endorsements

Rep. Betty McCollum, D-Minnesota, has come up with an easy way to say $100 million: end military sponsorships of NASCAR. Most people might be a bit surprised to learn that we are spending $100 million for NASCAR endorsements, but that cost is quite modest when you consider that the military is willing to spend almost $500,000 for a flyover of a closed football stadium.

McCollum wants to bar the endorsement in the 2011 House budget bill.

While most people would find it shocking that our schools are cutting teachers and resources while the military is willing to pay $100 million for race car endorsement. I am not one of those people. As previously noted, I have filled out the form requesting a flyover at this year’s Turley Turkey Bowl. I would now like to add a request for an endorsement of the Turley McLean Bears football team. I am only asking for $1 million a year over the next 10 years — one tenth of the expense of NASCAR.

The National Guard sponsors Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s team, the Army sponsors Ryan Newman, and the Air Force sponsors AJ Allmendinger. That leaves the Navy and the Marines open for the Turkey Bowl endorsement.

If my request is refused, I would hope that we could simply end all product or sports endorsements from the military. This appears to be an example of a budget that should be trimmed if it is being wasted in this way.

Source: CNN

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  2. Good for her.

    I have always considered the Blue Angles and similar groups to be a total waste of money, they do nothing to help defend the country and are enormously expensive and pretty damn lethal to the pilots and occasionally to on lookers and other civilians when they crash.

  3. Blouise-

    Great info! You might want to look at the “Sewer Socialists” article on Wikipedia. The Milwaukee Sewer Socialists were precursors of the Progressive Movement which also had roots in Wisconsin (Robert LaFollette and others).

  4. HenMan,

    You have neglected the great village of Winneconne, Wisconsin:

    “In 1967, as a result of the town name being inadvertently left off the official Wisconsin road map, a secret committee formulated a plan to secede from Wisconsin, set up toll gates on local roads, begin annexation of nearby communities (starting with the city of Oshkosh) to form a Sovereign State of Winneconne, and declare war on the United States. As an alternative plan, annexation by another state, preferably one with better weather, was sought. The deadline for secession was July 21, 1967. A proclamation was issued, naming village president “James Coughlin to be president of the new state of Winneconne; Vera Kitchen to be prime minister and custodian of Vera’s Kitchen Cabinet”. Wisconsin Governor Warren P. Knowles entered into negotiations with the former village officials; as a result, Winneconne rejoined the State of Wisconsin at 12:01 AM on July 22, 1967. An annual Sovereign State Days celebration commemorates the event.”,_Wisconsin

  5. Swarthmore Mom said; “There’s talk in Madison about seceding from Wisconsin.”

    Sw. Mom, I hope you were being facetious. Wisconsin Ain’t Texas! We don’t have any rednecks here. Dumbasses, yes- but don’t look for any Nathan Bedford Forrest license plates that say “America’s Dairyland” on top. We also don’t have any slaveholders here.

    Free history lesson: Wisconsin’s only famous slave was Joshua Glover, who escaped from St. Louis,Mo. in 1852 and made his way to Racine,Wis. In 1854 he was arrested and sent to the Milwaukee jail to be held for return to his master under the Fugitive Slave Act. Newspaper publisher Sherman Booth led a mob of 5,000 Milwaukeeans to the jail, broke down the door, and helped Glover escape to Canada. This started the Abolishionist movement in Wisconsin. This also led to the Wisconsin State Supreme Court becoming the only state court to defy the Federal Gov. by declaring the Fugitive Slave Act unconstitutional.

    Wisconsin has a long history of raising hell in defense of human rights.

  6. Chan:

    “You are right, the left doesn’t make much sense. You scream to high heaven about not regulating business enough and then you scream to high heaven when business lobbies Washington to try and ease those regulations or make special regulations.”

    You’re right. I do get pissed when business isn’t regulated enough. I get particularly pissed off when Congress allows business to write the regulations in the first place, and dictates to Congress what regulations they don’t feel they should follow. It’s no different than giving the thief the keys to the store. Since business has proven time and again that it cannot be trusted to police itself, in order to protect the welfare of the people, government must do so. Plain and simple. It has also been proven, time and again, that when Congress deregulates business, business goes right back to doing business before regulations were put in place. I liken it to children like you – give them an inch and they’ll take a mile, thus parents need to reign them back in.

    “So get rid of regulations and get rid of lobbying. As long as you have regulations you are going to have business trying to get around those regulations, many of which are a burden on business. Business is not some bottomless pit of unlimited wealth that government can appropriate with no consequences.”

    Ha! Like Congress, brought to you by “_______________” [insert corporation name here], will ignore lobbyists; like the lobbyist will slink back under the rock from whence they came. Common sense regulation like “no, you cannot dump toxic waste into a fresh water river” is not a burden, and expecting business to employ common sense policies is not a burden, either. No need to fret, wee one – business will still make money. But, do keep in mind that live people buy their products; the sick and the dead cannot. Sorry kid, I will not feel sorry for corporate America, especially in light of the fact that much of corporate America has been recording record profits the last few years, while the average worker’s salaries have remained stagnant. For years. These are record profits made at the expense of the common citizen. But, I wouldn’t expect someone like you to understand this concept – you ARE of the mindset that you, if given the opportunity, would exploit the common worker in order to build your church of “The Almighty Greenback.” Corporate America’s greed has taught you well.

    “No wonder the economy is in such bad straights, no one in charge and no one in intellectual positions influencing those making decisions knows anything about business or economics.”

    Sadly, I agree. But my take on it is that the Right, with the help of some Democrats, employ fear, misinformation and “2+2=6” economics in order to justify their policies, while ignoring what the intellectuals – those most knowledgeable – in economics have forewarned and continue to forewarn.

  7. SM:

    “SL, Hope they don’t bring their guns.”

    I hope you’re right. If so and something happens, I’m sure it will be the protesters fault, not the teabaggers.

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