Skip to comments.Ban of NASCAR military sponsors sought
Posted on 02/16/2011 10:59:30 AM PST by saganite
The U.S. military should not be spending money on sponsoring NASCAR teams, Rep. Betty McCollum, D-Minn., said in a budget bill she sponsored.
McCollum's chief of staff, Bill Harper, told The Virginia-Pilot newspaper in Norfolk his boss sponsored the budgetary amendment to address the plight of a growing number of veterans and their families.
"There's an amendment on the floor to eliminate all funding for homeless veterans," he said. "On one hand, we're eliminating assistance to men and women who served our country ... and on the other hand, we're paying for race cars."
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If not, then don't sponsor race cars.
Unless there's a cool looking turret or a Ma Deuce mounted on it!
(I'm assuming that a 105mm cannon is out of the question ... but then again, who am I to assume??)
I don’t know about that, personally.
I got recruited by the sign in the recruiters window offering $326.10 a month, 3 hots, and a cot. I saw a number of my high schools students enlist because of 9/11. I think recruitment stating the facts is fine. I am not at all understanding how sponsoring a race car presents facts about our military or our country.
I think the tactical video ‘game’ is useful, too. Some do well at it, some don’t. I wouldn’t, from experience with similar games.
I knew I wasn’t suited for combat arms before I ever enlisted, from listening to a friend who’d been in the first wave to hit the beach at Iwo Jima talking about what had happened there, and what he had to do while he was there. We’d hunted together, and it was obvious to us both I’d not make it in combat.
So how much was the sign?
The Army also sponsors a video game, America’s Army. Great recruitment tool, and on a cost-per-person-hour basis far cheaper than TV. Even better, the Army then turned around and started using it to train its own troops, even using customized versions to train Special Forces.
The only thing that’s missing is a phone-home feature to single out the best players for targeted recruitment. Kind of like in The Last Starfighter.
If the military is restricted from sponsoring NASCAR entries, then they have to restrict the entire government who owns GM and Chrysler. The government spends millions on NASCAR and, as opposed to the military, doesn’t serve any recruiting purposes.
I agree on the basis of cost but the democrat I saw talking about it on the news today clearly just hates the military having any kind of public face at all.
However, NASCAR advertising is a real bargain compared to other advertising dollars. Basically if you cut NASCAR sponsorships, you can’t really justify any military advertising at all.
I wonder how that Democrat would feel about military advertising if the Navy, for example, sponsored a gay pride parade in light of the repeal of don’t ask don’t tell?
The advertising is part of the enlistment program. It always has been. Without the ads, we get no new enlistees or we have to settle for substandard enlistees.
If we can't field a decent military, then the whole country is at risk.
While the advertising needs to be focused where it will due the most good for the money, NASCAR events is probably the best place to spend the money, since a substantial portion of our military recruits come from places where NASCAR is King.
They certainly should not be wasting advertising money by sponsoring Oprah, or the View or Masterpiece Theatre, however there is no doubt but that the military sponsoring NASCAR events is clearly advertising money that is well spent.
The military’s been advertising since the beginning of the nation.
Believe it or not, Frantzie, protecting the nation is one of the Constitutional obligations that actually finds itself mentioned in that document.
It’s not the result of an emanation of a penumbra, nor an overeaching extension of the commerce clause.
A republican should co-sponsor this AND ADD an addendum banning all federal $ to colleges that disallow military recruiters on campus.
Call her bluff.
Yup. The hazards of an all-volunteer army. I think it probably returns more bang for their advertising buck than anything else they've got.
Obviously though it would be much cheaper to go back to a draft and pay a few dollars a day.
Not after DADT is repealed. Probably last place they want ot recruit.
They sponsor cars in the NHRA also and have been doing it for years. These are places where young men are found and are great tools.
Senate Wastes Millions of Stimulus Road Signs
Betty was pretty quiet about this...
NASCAR. Thats a generally conservative patriotic audience and Im sure the services benefit from the publicity.
Had to read twelve post until I found the reason, the real reason for no sponsor for NASCAR. A majority of NASCAR viewers are conservative ! Now while we’re at it lets stop sponsoring NPR and PBS !!
Also important is the morale value. Our military men have near total access at the races. I’m pretty sure they get in free here at MIS.