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. Here’s one way of solving the budget crisis: “Egyptians Can Claim Mubarak’s Stolen Billions By Julio Godoy

    GENEVA, Feb 13, 2011 (IPS) – For decades, European bank accounts and trusts and the real estate market were havens for dictators seeking safe places to deposit billions of dollars they were stealing from their countries of origin.

    The pressure exerted upon European private banks and justice departments by anti-corruption watchdog groups and associations of lawyers has at last made changes to one of these notorious havens for embezzled fortunes.

    In Switzerland, the government has just approved a law that eases the historical secrecy of Swiss private banks. The law allows for money deposited here by Third World dictators to be reimbursed to the legitimate governments of the dictators’ countries of origin.

    The law, which came into effect on Feb 1, and dubbed “lex Duvalier”, in reference to the infamous former Haitian dictator Jean Claude Duvalier, is being used to revise the bank accounts and trusts maintained in Switzerland by Arab dictators such as Tunisian Zine el Abidine Ben Ali and Egyptian Hosni Mubarak.”

    Now here’s another: Do you like crushing the people of Afghanistan, at least as long as it’s a Democratic president doing the crushing? Then you’ll absolutely love this picture. Here’s a village, now it’s a giant dust pile. Doesn’t that make you proud?

    If you’re feeling USA #1 Democratic pride, read no further. If you find yourself disgusted, ask why the govt. is spending money to do this to other people. Take the money, rebuild Afghanistan, Iraq and the US!

    You see this is corruption. Without the corruption we’d have the money to make things right. There’s a way to stop corruption. Peacefully resist. Use your rights. Use the legal system. The only thing that will never work is denial.

  2. Carbon and its inherent heat retention are stealing from fishermen?

    I’d pay a dollar to see that.

  3. Thanks for the link Chan. Brought to you by the same people who give you Global Warming.

  4. Apparently Hillsfail doesn’t teach either economics or political science.

  5. Too bad even encyclopedias disagree with you, greed boy.

    Fascism is an authoritarian nationalist political ideology. Fascists seek to organize a nation according to corporatist perspectives, values, and systems, including the political system and the economy. Fascism was originally founded by Italian national syndicalists in World War I who combined extreme right-wing political views along with collectivism. Scholars generally consider fascism to be on the far right.

    Fascists believe that a nation is an organic community that requires strong leadership, singular collective identity, and the will and ability to commit violence and wage war in order to keep the nation strong. They claim that culture is created by the collective national society and its state, that cultural ideas are what give individuals identity, and thus they reject individualism. Viewing the nation as an integrated collective community, they see pluralism as a dysfunctional aspect of society, and justify a totalitarian state as a means to represent the nation in its entirety. Fascists advocate the creation of a single-party state. Fascist governments forbid and suppress opposition to the fascist state and the fascist movement.

    Idolization and exaltation of violence, war, and militarism are central components of fascism, which fascists see as providing positive transformation in society, in providing spiritual renovation, education, instilling of a will to dominate in people’s character, and creating national comradeship through the military service. Fascists view violence and war as actions that create national regeneration, spirit and vitality.

    Fascism rejects the concepts of egalitarianism, materialism, and rationalism in favour of action, discipline, hierarchy, spirit, and will. Fascists oppose liberalism (as a bourgeois movement) and Marxism (as a proletarian movement) for being exclusive economic class-based movements. Fascists present their ideology as that of an economically trans-class movement that promotes ending economic class conflict to secure national solidarity. They believe that economic classes are not capable of properly governing a nation, and that a merit-based elite of experienced military persons must rule through regimenting a nation’s forces of production and securing the nation’s independence. Fascism perceives conservatism as partly valuable for its support of order in society but disagrees with its typical opposition to change and modernization. Fascism presents itself as a solution to the perceived benefits and disadvantages of conservatism by advocating state-controlled modernization that promotes orderly change while resisting the dangers to order in society of pluralism and independent initiative.”


    Pay close attention to that first line because “organiz[ing] a nation according to corporatist perspectives, values, and systems, including the political system and the economy” means that corporations are in control and not a government for the people by the people.

    If even a general reference disagrees with your made up definition?

    That should tell you something about the low quality of education you are receiving.

    Emphasis on “should”.

  6. And you should know that is not what it is. It is government calling the shots but letting business “own” their means of production. Business is always at the mercy of government, even Blackwater.

    I guess your private law school education didn’t include economics.

  7. Fascism is corporatism, sport. Where corporations call the shots instead of a democratically elected government. You’d know that if you didn’t attend Hillsdale Clown College, sport.

  8. “We need private sector oversight of government regulators to make sure they are doing their jobs.”

    In other words, we need fascism.

  9. Like AIG?
    Lehman Bros?
    Like Wall Street in general?
    Like the healthcare industry?
    Like Massey Energy?
    Like Koch Industries?

    All those were/are heavily regulated by government currently.

    Most companies are good actors run by decent people.

    We need private sector oversight of government regulators to make sure they are doing their jobs.

  10. Chan:

    I just came across this and felt it relevant to the conversation:

    “Report: Texans Overpay for Electricity
    Study blasts deregulation, power grid operator
    Updated 11:22 PM CST, Mon, Feb 14, 2011

    Texans have paid $11.5 billion more for residential electricity than the national average under deregulation in “a massive drain” on the economy, two consumer groups claim in a report that raises troubling questions about how the state’s power supply is managed.

    The analysis, one of the most detailed studies of Texas utility rates since deregulation began in 2002, concluded that consumers are overcharged by a system that is controlled by electric companies and fails in its primary goal — to hold down rates by encouraging competition.

    The 110-page report, titled “The Story of ERCOT: The Grid Operator, Power Market and Prices under Texas Electric Deregulation,” was released Monday. (See the entire report here.)

    It was written by the Texas Coalition for Affordable Power and the Steering Committee of Cities Served by Oncor. The groups represent most major and mid-sized cities in the state, including Dallas, Fort Worth and Arlington.

    Texans Pay More for Electricity, but Deals Are Out There
    Texans Pay More for Electricity, but Deals Are Out There
    A Tale of Two Smart Meters
    A Tale of Two Smart Meters
    Savings at Your Fingertips
    Savings at Your Fingertips
    From powering street lights to water plants, cities are among the biggest users of electricity and formed the coalition to hold down rates.

    The study is highly critical of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, or ERCOT, which manages the state’s power grid. The nonprofit organization supervises the flow of power across 40,000 miles of transmission lines to more than 22 million Texans.

    Among the report’s findings:

    •ERCOT has a “history of mismanagement.” Major projects have run “over budget and behind schedule.”
    •ERCOT has increased spending and debt to “alarming levels.”
    •Utility representatives “who have an incentive to craft market rules and policies that favor their economic interests” dominate ERCOT’s board and committees.

    In 2009, the report found that 93 percent of Texans served by deregulated electric companies were charged above the national average. By comparison, 81 percent of customers outside deregulation paid less.

    From 2009 through the first half of 2010, Texans saw higher rate increases than residents in all but six other states, the report said.

    The study said Texas electric rates dropped overall last year because of the plummeting price of natural gas, which is used to fuel power plants. But Texas prices remained higher than those in other states, it added.

    “Consistently high electricity prices under deregulation in Texas have led to a massive drain on the consumer economy,” the study said.

    The report also detailed a history of corruption at ERCOT.

    In 2005, four of ERCOT’s top managers were convicted in a kickback scheme involving “shell companies” that did no actual work. They all received lengthy prison sentences.

    ERCOT said it was a victim of the fraud and applauded the prosecutions.

    Last summer, another report by a management consultant hired by ERCOT itself, portrayed the organization as overstaffed with “a lot of dead wood with no process for handling poor performers.”

    The report recommended cutting its staff from 700 to 534. In October, the grid operator eliminated 37 positions.

    Meanwhile, a joint Texas Senate committee on Tuesday is set to hold hearings on the shortage of electricity that caused ERCOT to order rolling blackouts across the state Feb. 2.

    Critics have questioned sudden spikes in the wholesale price of electricity that day and whether power companies collected windfalls by creating artificial shortages.

    ERCOT said the extreme cold caused 50 of its 550 generating units to shut down and thanked consumers for reducing demand after they were warned more rolling outages were possible to prevent a more widespread blackout.

    The state has a website that allows people to search for the lowest price in their area:

    Yup, you’re right. They do such a great job at self-policing!

  11. Chan,

    The Adulterated Meat Act comes because the processors were doing such a great job….grinding up rats…human fingers….arms, limbs…..spoiled meats…..You name it….into whatever they could sell….

    They sell by the pound in most instances….what else can you add and still make a profit…..

    How about those silly tags that tell you were the inside comes from…. Well hell if someone got sick and the whole house hold died they didn’t need their items of personality….they got reshaped and sold as new… Dang and to think of the profit lost on that one……

    Wanna try shoes….

    Wanna try defective tires on Vehicles?

    Wanna try infant formula…. did not meet QC in the US….so where did it get sold….heck cheaper to sell it in South America than dispose of it properly……

    I am very trusting of Business to take care of itself…..but not me…. So yes….Chan….they need some Lynch Pen….

  12. Chan:

    “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.”

    I’m not going to provide you with a dozen examples, mainly because I’m not going to sit here and do your homework, nor do I need to go back prior to the 1930’s. I can give you a couple of examples right now of what the end results of deregulation are, and what happens when government watchdog agencies are defanged:

    Financial meltdown;
    Mine collapse.

    Not to mention deregulation of EPA rules which allow a whole host of industries to continually pollute streams, rivers and lakes and threaten the environment.

    “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.”

    Like AIG?
    Lehman Bros?
    Like Wall Street in general?
    Like the healthcare industry?
    Like Massey Energy?
    Like Koch Industries?

    Yes, these companies are all so honest and have such compelling interests – interests in the form of bonuses and shareholders and ensuring that they are subjected to the minimal amount of oversight as possible.

  13. SwM,

    The large crowds will be turning out in a few days in Ohio … police and fire unions are involved for they can see the writing on the wall. Republican/teabaggers are threatening the roofs over the working family’s heads and the food on their tables when they mess with their Unions and bargaining.

  14. Minesota now has a very liberal democratic governor,Mark Dayton, but the legislature has gone repulican.

  15. Could Minnesota See Similar Union Fights As Wisconsin?

    ST. PAUL (WCCO) — Minnesota union members are watching the labor unrest in Wisconsin closely. And the head of the state’s 43,000-member public employees union says what’s happening in the Badger State is also headed for Minnesota.

    Eliot Seide, executive director of AFSCME Council 5, calls it a “deliberate plan” to break unions.

    “This attack on unions and on working people emanates comes out of Washington, D.C.,” said Seide. “By extreme, cheap labor conservatives who want to pit public workers against private workers and drive down the wages and benefits of all workers.”

    The Minnesota AFL-CIO has identified five separate bills they say are Republican attempts to break up unions, including cuts in wages and benefits to public workers and a ”right to work” amendment to the Minnesota’s constitution.

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