Having done some research and checked the continuing resolution just passed I found some interesting things. We are paying for NASCAR.
Rep Betty McCollum is trying to stop the Pentagon from using taxpayer money funds to sponsor NASCAR. It was defeated in the continuing resolution along with other budget cuts to the DOD.
It was an amendment, which was part of H.R.1, the appropriations bill to fund the federal government thru September.
Chief of Staff to McCollum said:With trillion dollar federal deficits this vote to protect taxpayer funded race cars shows that even a Tea Party Republican led Congress is not serious about cutting wasteful spending The American people need to know that a majority in Congress is will to cut homeless veterans, community health centers, and family planning services, but spend millions of tax dollars for race cars.
She also intends to introduce legislation to prohibit taxpayer funds from being used for sponsorship of race cars, dragsters, Indy cars, and motorcycle racing, as well as repeal the $45 million tax earmard for NASCAR and race track owners included in the 2010 law that extended the Bush tax cuts and added $858 billion to the federal budget deficit.
Rep. McCollum stated: ….if it a choice between cutting homeless vertrans’ projects, kicking kids off of Head Start, or not having our tax dollars to to sponsor race car drivers….I just don’t see that we can afford that right now.
The Tea Party republicans, the Department of Defense and lawmakers from North Carolina say that the sponsorships help military recruitment, and that the tax breaks could save jobs in the struggling economy. Millionaire race track owners and drivers will soon be homeless if they do not get their tax breaks and earmarks. Imagine. These Tax breaks allows them to accelerate the depreciation of amenities and other improvements to their tracks. Then naturally, the cost for the improvements get passed on to the attendants of the races. It means we pay twice. Military Recruitment they call it. You have to wonder how long this has been going on and how much of tax dollars have been sponsoring race cars and tracks!!!! It looks as we are shareholders in race cars and race tracks, and have no voting rights.
She has received death threats and a threatening fax that is being investigated by Capitol police. The racist message showed the head of Barack Obama within a noose being pulled behind a pickup truck, a clear memory of the 1998 dragging death and beheading of James Byrd, Jr. It called for “Death to all Marxists, called hera “slut”, and told her shut her “mucking pie hole.”
Now I know this doesn’t sound like a lot of money, but I question why the Federal Government is giving my hard earned tax money to very rich race car owners? Because we can justify making kids do without to advertise on a race car to the song of $7 million. They are taking money from prenatal care and the WIC nutrition program. No way do they get to pay to paint a car. They should take some that money and increase pay to the members of the military who live just above the poverty line.
According to the National Coalition for the Homeless and the VA, the estimate is that 107,000 veterans are homeless on any given night. Over the course of a year, approximately twice that many experience homelessness. Only eight percent of the general population can claim veteran stats, but nearly one-fifth of the homeless populations are veterans. About 15 million other veterans are considered at rick of homelessness due to poverty, lack of support networks and dismal living conditions in overcrowded or substandard housing.
You would think advertising is more important than helping homeless veterans? They tell us to honor our veterans, but allow them to be homeless and second class citizens. America tells them to go to a foreign land and fight for your country. They come home to substandard medical care, joblessness and no future. It seems that the DOD didn’t expect this many of them to return.
I know we need a strong defense to protect our country from terrorists and members of Congress. But we should take care of our soldiers during the war and heal them when they return. Spending millions, and giving billions of tax breaks to NASCAR and race track owners does not help them. I could suggest that we defund all their advertising budget. But that is unrealistic. They in reality need to advertise for our volunteer military. Subsidizing NASCAR is not recruiting. It is an EARMARK for North Carolina.
We elected these people. It is time to undue what we ourselves have done. Email, write and call Congress and tell them we want our money to come to us, to those who really need it.
It is time to rid ourselves of the Jabberwackies!!!!
- Minnesota Dem wants NASCAR out of Defense budget (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
- Pentagon’s NASCAR Sponsorship Gets a Green Light: Congress Rejects Measure to Cut Funding for Ads on Race Cars (blogs.abcnews.com)
- Bang for Buck Not an Issue to Congresswoman Seeking to Defund Army Sponsorship in NASCAR (foxnews.com)
- Homeless in America (socyberty.com)