Some dumb U.S. Congresswoman appears with Elmo to support funding of Public Broadcasting, yet she wants to defund the military’s best recruiting program:
Minnesota Democratic Rep. Betty McCollum is offering an amendment to the House’s federal budget bill that would strip Army sponsorship of a NASCAR vehicle, saying that Republicans who want to tackle excess spending should look to the millions spent on racing.
But NASCAR backers say McCollum ignores the value of the dollar spent at NASCAR. According to Col. Derek W. Crotts, who manages the Army’s NASCAR marketing and advertising program, nearly one-third — 46,000 — of the 150,000 leads Army recruiters get each year come from motorsports events.
McCollum’s amendment, introduced Wednesday, would prevent the U.S. Army from spending $7 million on NASCAR and $5 million on drag racing in 2011 as well as millions more by the Air Force and Navy.
“Taxpayer-funded NASCAR race cars are an absurdity at a time when the Republican-Tea Party is cutting federal support for homeless veterans, law enforcement officers and firefighters. I know NASCAR fans are passionate and patriotic. This amendment gets the government out of NASCAR and gives them the opportunity to encourage the private sector to demonstrate its patriotism by donating a military sponsorship,” McCollum said in a release.
McCollum, who appeared with Muppet characters at a press conference Wednesday to push for continued funding of public broadcasting, argued that too much money is being spent by the government on racing. She noted that the tax deal reached between Republicans and President Obama at the end of 2010 grave breaks to track and facilities owners to fund capital projects at a cost of $40 million.
The NASCAR sponsorships are worth it. NPR and PBS aren’t. DEFUND THEM, KEEP THE NASCAR SPONSORSHIPS.