Betty McCollum doesn't hate NASCAR, just the Army sponsoring NASCAR

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McCollum has touched a NASCAR nerve.
DFL Rep. Betty McCollum insists she does not hate NASCAR, she just can't figure out why taxpayers need to help sponsor a NASCAR driver and team already worth millions of dollars.

Republicans have squelched her amendment to defund the $7 million program. She's received racist hate mail because of her stand. The woman has struck a nerve.

"This is where the rubber meets the road. We're making tough, tough choices in what to cut here," she told MSNBC last night. "So it's a choice between cutting homeless veterans' projects, kicking kids off of Head Start, or not having our tax dollars going to sponsor race car drivers."

For that matter, she wants to know, why does wildly wealthy NASCAR deserve any tax breaks at all. Isn't America broke?

Such pesky questions can mean only one thing.

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

Oh, come off it, McCollum said last night. Can't we just get our priorities straight?

"I wish Patrick would have talked with me before he made those statements. I watched the Indy 500, I watched the Dayton 500. It's something our family has done on and off over the years. We're not on the warpath against NASCAR. That's ridiculous."



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The Army is one of several sponsors of the car/team, not the only one, so they are just paying part, albeit a large part, of the costs. And, I believe it comes from the Army’s advertising & recruiting budgets which would be an internal thing and not subject to some politician’s whim. Does she also object to the Army sponsorship of an NRHA top fuel dragster/team, which by the way the Army has been doing for even longer? Oh by the way Betty, both sponsorships have shown to be pretty good recruiting tools which was the point in the first place.

Paul Comeau
Paul Comeau

well... to nitpick (and I expect certain conservative pundits will do this ad naseum) Indy 500 is not NASCAR and to a certain extant that's like saying you're both Protestant and Catholic. :-)

Seriously though... I agree with Rep. McCollum. Everything has to be on the line and decided. Why should part of the U.S. Gov. be sponsoring a team in a pro-sport?

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