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House Votes to Continue Spending Millions in Taxpayer Dollars on NASCAR

House Votes to Continue Spending Millions in Taxpayer Dollars on NASCAR

Conservative politicians in the House have accomplished their goal of voting to defund Planned Parenthood, a move that could leave tens of thousands without access to affordable birth control, health screenings and STI prevention and treatment.

But don’t worry, you are still paying millions of dollars to slap an Army logo on a racecar.  The NASCAR sponsorship ban was defeated, death threats and all.

Via The Hill:

The House on Friday voted down a proposed budget amendment by Democratic Rep. Betty McCollum (Minn.) that would have ended the U.S. Army’s sponsorship of an official NASCAR racecar.

The amendment sought to bar the use of Pentagon funds to sponsor NASCAR vehicles. In 2010, the U.S. Army spent some $7 million to sponsor the No. 39 Chevy Impala stockracing car.The final vote was 148 in favor of the amendment, 281 opposed. 

Republicans provided 209 of the 281 nay votes, while 72 were cast by Democrats; 118 Democrats supported the ban, along with 30 Republicans.

The continuation of the sponsorship is the epitome of the congressional GOP focus of handouts to the rich while eliminating spending that would assist those with less economic means.

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7:35PM PDT on Mar 16, 2011

You wackos elected all these wackos. Why are you surprised that wacko things are happening? Maybe in the next election you will be more discerning with your vote.

1:16PM PST on Mar 3, 2011

Y'a'' completely refuse to listen to the facts of the matter.

I am done listening to your silly completely off the mark prattle!

7:51PM PST on Feb 28, 2011

John T:

Talk about kool aid FactCheck is a creature of the Annenberg Public Policy Center and has such "illustrious" fact checkers as the Washington Post factchecker as similiar sites of "truth". Pelosi was a dictatorial leftwinger that was into all the perks of power like the alleged POTUS who thinks he's the Emperor of the US; For them it isn't abuse of power but their due.

I notice that the "progressive" posters here still don't understand the issue with the Army NASCAR sponsorship, Not too surprising since posts are now making the Feds out to be God insuring peace, love, total equality, good health for all, and the usual "progressive" utopia nonsense.

4:27PM PST on Feb 27, 2011

Perhaps you should pay attention to the whole issue before running off with a greenie rant!

4:26PM PST on Feb 27, 2011

"Only the Rednecks, I mean Republicans would vote for something like this. Hope all you necks enjoyed the Redneck Super Bowl this past weekend......WHOOOHOOOO , git-r-done."
Torpid cullion!

4:23PM PST on Feb 27, 2011

"BTW, Air Force personnel do NOT operate private aircraft. "

This entire AF Private A/C rant is nothing but picking nits!

4:21PM PST on Feb 27, 2011

"The GOP has gone crazy. Period!"

If this represents crazy I say YAY!

4:16AM PST on Feb 26, 2011

@John Coleman;

Mine
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FactCheck

FactCheck.org is a non-partisan,[1] nonprofit[2] website that describes itself as a "'consumer advocate' for voters that aims to reduce the level of deception and confusion in U.S. politics."[3] It is a project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania, and is funded primarily by the Annenberg Foundation.[3]

Yours
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Judicial_Watch

Judicial Watch, Founded by conservative attorney Larry Klayman in 1994, came to public attention after filing 18 lawsuits against the administration of Democratic U.S. President Bill Clinton and figures in the Clinton administration. The organization received considerable financial support from prominent Clinton critics, including $7.74 million from conservative billionaire Richard Mellon Scaife..

4:16AM PST on Feb 26, 2011

I prefer coffee. You'd rather drink Kool Aid.

http://www.factcheck.org/2009/03/plane-false/

"Reading through the e-mails provided by Judicial Watch — as opposed to just reading Judicial Watch’s description of them — makes it clear that Pelosi’s family members and congressional colleagues were abiding by this reimbursement rule. Some of the e-mails between DOD and House staffers are devoted to hammering out reimbursement details. It’s also clear that the messages are about the disposition of smaller planes, not the 757-size jet, though Judicial Watch obfuscates that fact. The Web site repeats the rumor about Pelosi "requesting a 42-seat Air Force carrier to ferry the Speaker and her staff back and forth between San Francisco, CA and Washington, DC" and adds that Hastert used a 12-seater, implying that the e-mails catch Pelosi red-handed requesting huge planes for her personal transport. But Judicial Watch’s own chart shows Pelosi using only 12-seater Gulfstream equivalents for her travel to and from San Francisco."

1:33AM PST on Feb 26, 2011

Lorree G.: You said it all! Just want to add to your list. Affordable housing, investments in new jobs. I am a firm believer that the Government has an obligation to ensure good health, workers rights, affordable housing, enviromental protection, energy research and upholding equal rights, among a few things. Charity may be a complement, but the responsibility should fall on the Government to make sure people have a job with wages enough to provide a decent living standard.
If everyone was to have a job with a salary to live on, imagine how much less we had to spend on aid programs!
If everyone had a good place to live, with a fair cost and money enough to care for themselves and their families, imagine what good we could do with all that money!
If everyone had the right to an education to persue a better job and affordable health care and if the Government worked For the people instead of against, we could actually get ahead of other countries instead of falling back!

Thanks for posting, Care2!

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