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Should the Pentagon continue to sponsor NASCAR teams?

Rep. Betty McCollum, DEM from Minnesota is trying to get rid of the Pentagon's sponsorships for NASCAR teams. She says she won't back away from her efforts and despite GOP resistance, will broaden her fight to repeal tax breaks for track owners too. In an interview, McCollum said it doesn't make sense to keep the benefits for NASCAR teams and track owners when other cuts are being made to community health care, programs for homeless veterans and Head Start. Racetrack owners received tax breaks woth $45 million in 2010 and 2011, aimed at helping them make improvements to their facilities. A two-year extension of the program was included in the tax cuts compromise that President Obama forged with Congress in December.

The above is from an article that appeared in the local paper (Seattle Times, page A4)..you should be able to find it on-line to read the entire thing. It's interesting that GOP people are going for big cuts in many areas, including education to balance budgets but have no problem with the Defense Dept. sending millions to NASCAR. We are involved in 2 wars, the economy is BAD, people have been losing homes and jobs...so is this REALLY what our Defense Dept should be spending money on????

Thoughts ladies....

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meriana

Asked by meriana at 8:30 PM on Mar. 2, 2011 in Politics & Current Events

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  • I think she's yet another Dem who skipped econ in school.
    NotPanicking

    Answer by NotPanicking at 8:31 PM on Mar. 2, 2011

  • Yes. The money to NASCAR comes from the DOD's advertising fund. They get a lot of 'bang for their buck' with the car sponsorship since NASCAR is the country's largest spectator sport. The DOD has $9 billion it is prepared to return. It has stream lined some departments and advancements have allowed for the reduction of redundant systems. So, the $11 million spent at the track really isn't much as they are returning $9 bill. Also, how about the 1000 or so jobs those advertisements allow to be had since the teams have to hire about 200 people per team. Go cut some redundant gov't programs that will save billions. That is where they should be looking.


    http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/7814150/redundant_government_programs_cutting.html?cat=3

    jesse123456

    Answer by jesse123456 at 8:54 PM on Mar. 2, 2011

  • http://www.moneynews.com/StreetTalk/us-economy-Billions-Lost/2011/03/01/id/387860?s=al&promo_code=BC6A-1


    Or cut here instead of NASCAR. There are much better places instead of where some actual real jobs are saved/created instead of just a claim of them.

    jesse123456

    Answer by jesse123456 at 8:57 PM on Mar. 2, 2011

  • Of course they should. I can't believe there are people defending this. what happened to deep and painful spending cuts? Christ.
    stacymomof2

    Answer by stacymomof2 at 10:03 PM on Mar. 2, 2011

  • OMG I messed up. They SHOULD NOT continue to sponsor them..Whoops
    stacymomof2

    Answer by stacymomof2 at 10:04 PM on Mar. 2, 2011

  • what happened to deep and painful spending cuts?

    Good question - she's proposing shallow and pointless. Why are you supporting the smoke screen that's hiding all the deep ones she's overlooking?
    NotPanicking

    Answer by NotPanicking at 10:39 PM on Mar. 2, 2011

  • what happened to deep and painful spending cuts?

    50,000 soldiers not deep enough? How about the new up- armored Humvees the Marines are being denied is that not deep enough?

    Where are all the purposals for salary and benefits cuts for the reps? If it's supposed to be wide spread and painful I want to know how life is going to be looking for them since we're all going to be hurting here in the real world.
    BlueCollarMama

    Answer by BlueCollarMama at 10:47 PM on Mar. 2, 2011

  • My favorite sport is loosing money and support from the TSA and I agree with their decision even though I dislike PETA for starting it.
    http://community.adn.com/adn/node/155966

    I think it should be the resposibility of the industry to fund it, and to provide all safety measures needed.
    Lornamay

    Answer by Lornamay at 11:00 PM on Mar. 2, 2011

  • This is just as brilliant as cutting the funding for NASA.
    yourspecialkid

    Answer by yourspecialkid at 11:02 PM on Mar. 2, 2011

  • losing, not loosing :)
    Lornamay

    Answer by Lornamay at 11:02 PM on Mar. 2, 2011

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