We have some good news to report. The Federal Army is pulling out of NASCAR. In addition to this welcome news, two Congressmen are pushing a bill to prohibit the Federal military from sponsoring a sports event. While the congressional bill has almost no chance of passing (the Neo-con wing of the Republican Party will surely fight hard against it), this is still good news. The more the Feds are sidelined in our society, the better. The less they have to do with things such as NASCAR, which comes from Southern culture and enjoys most of its audience in Dixie, the better. Our sporting and cultural events should not be used as recruiting opportunities by the Feds to prey upon our young people. Jenna Fryer has the story for the Associate Press:
The U.S. Army will not return to Stewart-Haas Racing next season, citing a reallocation of its marketing budget that does not include a presence in NASCAR.
SHR says it is pursuing a new sponsor to partner with the many companies that help fund the race team. The U.S. Army has been a longtime sponsor in NASCAR, and has been with Ryan Newman at SHR since 2009 when the team was formed.
The decision comes as Minnesota Congresswoman Betty McCollum and Republican Rep. Jackson Kingston of Georgia are pushing an amendment that would prohibit military sponsorship of sports.
The bill has made it through the House Appropriations Committee.
McCollum lost a House vote a year ago to cut the approximate $80 million in sports sponsorship from the defense budget.