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

130 thoughts on “Congresswomen Moves To Stop Military From Spending $100 Million in NASCAR Endorsements”

  1. Feb. 18 (Bloomberg) — In what union leaders say is becoming a national fight, protests against legislation to restrict public employees’ collective-bargaining rights spread from Wisconsin to Ohio.

    In Madison, Wisconsin, crowds that police estimated at 25,000 engulfed the Capitol and its lawns yesterday during a third-straight day of protests as Democratic senators fled the legislative session. In Columbus, Ohio, about 3,800 state workers, teachers and other public employees came to the statehouse for a committee hearing. President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner, an Ohioan, argued over whether the bills are “an assault on unions.”

    http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=washingtonstory&sid=a6jskX_gPvVc

  2. Stamford Liberal:

    “Chan:

    It is a fallacy to think private industry can police itself. Past history has proven this point time and again.”

    Please give me a dozen examples where the private sector has failed to provide safe, effective products or services without government oversight. You will have to go back to before about 1930 to find examples of non-regulated industry.

    The company has a far more compelling reason to provide safe and effective goods and services than some government regulator does.
    The company goes out of business if it doesn’t, the government regulator keeps his job whether he does it effectively or not. You tell me who you would trust? I trust the person that has skin in the game.

    The fallacy of government regulation for consumer/society protection needs to end.

  3. “Workers of the World Unite is just not a slogan any more,
    it’s a way we are gonna have to do OUR WORK.”

    They took names they watched how they voted they know where you live.

  4. Chan:

    It is a fallacy to think private industry can police itself. Past history has proven this point time and again.

  5. What can you say:

    Republican Amendment Would Strip Funds For Obama ‘Czars,’ Plus Elizabeth Warren.

    WASHINGTON — House Republicans are ramping up efforts to hamstring the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. One key amendment to the GOP’s 2011 budget plan seeks to strip federal salaries from President Barack Obama’s so-called “czars,” effectively removing them from their offices — as well as Elizabeth Warren, the consumer watchdog tasked with setting up the CFPB — while another would prevent the bureau from hiring any staff at all.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/02/17/republican-budget-amendment-czars-warren_n_824844.html

  6. bdaman, “Obama for America” is sending emails out about this. I think I would go if if I lived in Wisconsin.

  7. As a thought, where would we be if the people mentioned above had not been able to innovate because they were in a centrally controlled economy? It is not coincidence that most innovation comes from the freer economies around the world.

    Socialism really doesn’t improve the lives of the man in street and it is proven over and over and over again.

  8. As I have mentioned before, the private sector does create wealth and government sucks it away. But if government would let the private sector work, we wouldn’t be worried about $100 million dollar stock car advertisements or teachers pensions in Wisconsin.

    Just free up the economy and allow the super producers to do what they do best-create wealth and improve the standard of living of the rest of US.

    From the Book “Eat People” By Andy Kessler:

    “Along the way, I learned that those things that made me the most money were not so coincidentally the very same things that made society richer and the world a better place.
    I call them Free Radicals. We’ve seen them throughout history.
    Charles Curtis’s 1903 steam turbine generator electricity to the masses. Using that electricity, in 1907, James Spangler, a janitor with asthma, invented an electric suction-sweeper, today’s vacuum cleaner. William David Coolidge’s thermionic X-ray tube of 1913 changed medicine. That same year, the Walker brothers in Philadelphia invented the first electric dishwasher. In 1916, Clarence Birdseye perfected the flash-freezing process (and Birds Eye potato puffs). In 1928, Thomas Midgley, Albert Henne, and Robert McNary synthesized the first chlorofluorocarbons (trademarked as Freon in 1930), ushering in safe refrigerators and air conditioning (other coolants eventually replaced Freon). Paul M. Zoll created the cardiac pacemaker in 1952. And Percy L. Spencer in 1945 watched a magnetron melt candy, leading to the invention of microwave ovens.
    Lots of housecleaners lost their jobs to vacuum cleaners. Lots of servants weren’t hired or husbands yelled at because of electric dishwashers. Freezers and Birds Eye frozen food put a lot of cooks out of work and on and on.
    Free Radicals found situations to combust and destroy, but in the end, it was only to make room to build the new-disrupt the status quo, do more with less, advance society, drive progress rather than have progress drive them.
    A Free Radical is someone who gets wealthy inventing the future by helping others live longer and better. Rather than be a burden on society or tax society or milk society for all it’s worth, a Free Radical improves society and is paid handsomely for doing so.
    Rather than building huts in Costa Rica, a Free Radical invents cheaper building materials, improves the logistics of getting materials where they need to be, creates a market to discover the right prices for materials and labor, educates Costa Ricans, hires them to do twenty-first-century work well beyond the grueling labor in sweatshops of the Far East-and in the end, they can afford to build their own homes. A Free Radical doesn’t even have to set foot in Costa Rica to be a hero, though likely an unsung one.
    Create wealth and change the world. It sounds oxymoronic. Do good by doing well. It sounds like a rationalization for someone getting rich, but you’ve seen it just like I have. Ted Hoff invented the microprocessor and has changed billions of lives for the better. Lloyd Conover invented the antibiotic tetracycline and has probably saved a billion lives from early demise. Larry Page and Sergey Brin perfected search and created wealth not only for themselves but for everyone who plugs into their electronic ecosystem.
    Free Radicals, all of them. It’s not the only way to get wealthy, but it’s the most rewarding for the rest of us.
    You can be one too. I’ve laid out a set of Rules – or criteria to help entrepreneurs or investors or job hunters figure out where the upside is. 12 Rules and a Bonus Rule (I once worked in a bakery and still love fresh bread to this day!) They are: Scale, Waste, Horizontal, Edge, Productive, Adaptive, Eat People, Markets, Exceptionalism, Market Entrepreneur, Zero Marginal Cost, Virtual Pipe and Highest Return. You’ll have to read the book to see what I mean.
    But I’ve got to tell you-if all you want to do is take over some old-line company and milk it for all it’s worth, I can’t help you. Or if you insist on pursuing some protected franchise in banking or insurance or medicine or whatever-forget it, you’re on your own. You may get rich milking the rest of us, but society won’t get rich along with you.
    But if you want to make something for nothing, help the world be more productive, create wealth for the masses beyond anyone’s imagination . . . I can steer you in the right direction whether you’re an entrepreneur or an investor or just looking for the right career.
    Just be warned. This is not some get-rich-quick scheme. You won’t find tips on flipping properties in these pages. What I’m talking about is a process that works over years and decades to keep generating wealth for those who sell and those who buy. And that is what generates progress. And wealth.
    I know. I’ve seen it happen. As I said, I’ve gone along for the ride many times.”

  9. Jill: in addition to the things mentioned in TomDispatch we can get rid of:

    FDA
    BATF
    DHS
    EPA
    Education Dept
    Labor Dept
    Housing and Urban Dev.
    Health and Human Services
    National Endowment for the Arts
    National Endowment for the Humanities
    most of Medicaid
    IRS (Fair Tax requires only a post card)
    Agriculture
    Energy
    Foreign Aid

    Many of these functions can be done by the states. Environment problems are addressed in the courts and by the states.

  10. eniobob writes:

    Sixty House Republicans joined with every Democrat to beat back an anti-union amendment on Thursday that would have defunded the National Labor Relations Board, a New Deal-era independent agency that arbitrates labor disputes.

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    The feds do have not authority for this “board”. Where is the enumerated power for it? Where is the implied power (which must refer to an enumerated power) or direct power mentioned elsewhere.

    If you want a labor relations board: DO IT IN THE STATE YOU LIVE IN.

  11. Raff and HenMan,

    “The US Department of Transportation will redirect $1.195 billion in federal stimulus funds marked for high speed rail, eliminating money for Wisconsin and Ohio and giving it to states that are more eager to develop railway systems.”

    “California will receive the largest share of the redistributed funds, up to $624 million, to put toward its plans to develop 800 miles of new electric-powered rail systems connecting Los Angeles and San Francisco by 2020.

    Florida will receive the second-largest chunk of the funds, up to $342.3 million.

    Washington State will receive up to $161.5 million, and Illinois up to $42.3 million. New York will receive up to $7.3 million in redirected funds; Maine will receive up to $3.3 million; Massachusetts up to $2.8 million, according to a statement.”

    “Wisconsin lost $810 million in funding” “Ohio lost $385 million of its $400 million in funds”
    (http://www.infrastructureinvestor.com/Article.aspx?article=58153&hashID=418C111777789E95D5AEC5E4F76A7CC19115C04F)

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    Yep … they lost us millions and so have declared war on working families and their Unions in order to recoup some of the money tossed down the drain … that’s the humanitarian republican/teabagger as they really are … brilliant bunch

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