Betty McCollum hits gas on defunding Army's NASCAR budget

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NASCAR and the Army: Your tax dollars at work.
Rep. Betty McCollum found herself the target last week of a racist fax message after she tried to defund the U.S. Army's budget for sponsoring a NASCAR car, and Republicans put the kibosh on her effort.

But the St. Paul Democrat has switched gears and hit the gas on a new proposal aimed at accomplishing the same thing, and then going even further: She wants to repeal tax breaks for track owners, as well.

If the Republican-controlled House is serious about the government getting out of the business of funding community health care, veterans benefits, Planned Parenthood and Head Start, she asks, then why in the world would they be willing to pay millions of dollars a year for stickers on racing cars?

"I started to look what is in this large defense budget to see what's not related to security that we could redirect to critical supplies or mission support," she said. "Or in the case of racetrack owners, what are some of the special tax perks that some of the special interests are getting?"

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Should the Army be sponsoring racing cars when the government is broke?
She says she's going to introduce a bill that would prohibit the Pentagon from sponsoring any kind of racing: dragsters, Indy cars, stock cars, motorcycles and more.

With Republicans controlling the House agenda, and trying to make sure their NASCAR dads are happy, we don't expect this bill to make it to the starting line.

"This shows that she is on the warpath against NASCAR," says North Carolina Republican Rep. Patrick McHenry. "This is more about her disdain for NASCAR than it really is about saving taxpayers' money."

McCollum says she's just trying to make the tough choices when it comes to cutting the budget -- just like the Republicans say they are.

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Here's the fax she received:

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John
John

defund all tax breaks for pro sports

Bo
Bo

Betty would probably be in favor of government funding for NARAL to advertise on a car.

Commonsensebroad
Commonsensebroad

If some business wants to waste their money "sponsoring" some sports thing, that's their problem - they have to answer to their shareholders.

But this is a government entity doing the "sponsoring".

If sports can't get by on their own - without all the tax breaks, "sponsorship" and everything else the government hands them - then they should start downsizing. Cut some of the high wages, eliminate some positions, start living within their means. Just like any other business. That includes every professional sport - football, baseball, soccer, golf, basketball, tennis, I don't care what. If you need a new stadium, figure out how to work it into you budget, or make do with what you've got, just like the rest of us.

Kirk the Conservative Jerk
Kirk the Conservative Jerk

Betty McCommie is so far out in left field most times, but on this I happen to agree.

Is there anybody whom once the see a NASCAR with the logo of "ARMY" on it, they leave the track and run to the recruitment center to sign themselves up for an Obama war?

Jeremy B
Jeremy B

Good lord. Do you reply to EVERYTHING posted on the Blotter? Get your own site, troll.

green23
green23

If they did, they would very likely find that they are too overweight, too poorly educated, too old, too out of shape, or too inbred to actually get into the Army. I've seen NASCAR fans.

But, what is even stupider than the average NASCAR fan is the point of your post. You are saying that these endorsements are *ineffective*. That supports McCollum's position, Kirk.

You aren't very good at this "logic" thing.

Your comment was really just a very pathetic pretext for using the term "Obama war".

Kirk the Conservative Jerk
Kirk the Conservative Jerk

Hey green23, stop smoking the green, and read my first sentence of which you commented. Buy hey, I'm unable to use my "logic" right?

brad_dfl
brad_dfl

Racist, Old and Rich people make up the Republican party. Using scary racial overtones is the only way to get someone making $30K a year to be against health care reform. Scare tactics and violence the last resorts of cowards.

Frank
Frank

Wait, Obama started a war?!?!? Even though we are still fighting two wars of choice that the Republicans started to gain more influence over oil production in the middle east? Boy that's really irresponsible, isn't it?

Kirk the Conservative Jerk
Kirk the Conservative Jerk

He added to it! Remember "the surge" Obama instituted in Afghanistan? Remember what was said about Bush adding troops in Iraq? (the surge)Remember what was said when Obama did the same in Afganistan?One gets shame, one get praise. So what your saying Frank, Obama is a puppet of the Republicans? Obama no militaristic leadership skills? 2 1/2 years?

And Frank, "really irresponsible" you say. How so?Am I telling children to play in the street?"really irresponsible"?Oh, I get it! When you say; "Boy that's really irresponsible, isn't it", your must talking about Obama right? Ya know,how he told voters he would "end those wars, and bring our men and women home", but yet 10-20 die per week. That is "irresponsible", isn't it?Hey Frank, where are those "death tolls" that used to stream through you TV set?You have noticed how there have been more deaths in Afghanistan under 2 1/2 years of Obama's watch, then the first 5 of Bush?Dont trust me though, LOOK IT UP!

Again, where are those "death tolls" that used to stream through you TV set Frank?Anyone have any idea where "death tolls" went?Perhaps they were "death tools" to get Obama elected.

And Frank, "Republicans started to gain more influence over oil production in the middle east" Well that's just a joke right? More influence? Wouldn't that help control rising costs of oil.

Michelle Bachmann
Michelle Bachmann

That letter reminds me of something I heard on Rush Limbaugh last week or was it Glenn Beck, wait maybe it was Michael Savage. No wait, it was Laura Ingrahm that said that. Oh crap I think I'm thinking about Michelle Malkin or Anne Coulter. Damm, hard keeping all my favorites straight. Why is it so easy to mix up what conservatives say all the time? But I know one of them said something exactly like that fax. It was equally smart, sane and reasonable.

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