Some budget cuts are more frugal than others

Mar 2, 2011, 8:26 AM | Updated: Mar 28, 2011, 3:48 pm

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Dave Ross Commentary – Listen: Some budget cuts are more frugal than others

The Wisconsin budget fight has been pushed down the web pages by Libya and Charlie Sheen, but it goes on — with Governor Scott Walker formally introducing his budget:

“We are returning to frugality, and making the long-term decisions to balance our budget now, and more importantly into the future.”

But he is not the only one standing firm. There is someone else — a Democrat, if you can believe it — in neighboring Minnesota. Congresswoman Betty McCollum is going to try again to cut Pentagon spending … on NASCAR.

She tried two weeks ago — with an amendment that would have cut the $7 million dollars the Army spends to support Sprint Cup driver Ryan Newman. She also tried to cut the $45 million dollars in federal tax breaks awarded to NASCAR tracks over the past two years. But that’s where even her Republican colleagues drew the line.

Not only did her amendment lose badly, she also got a BUNCH of nasty calls and e-mails.

But like a certain governor, SHE will not back down either.

Representative McCollum thinks it’s crazy to give one dime to NASCAR when health care, Head Start, and programs for homeless vets are being cut. So, she will try again, and to deflect critics who accuse her of picking on NASCAR, she HAS revised her bill to prohibit Pentagon sponsorship of dragsters, Indy cars, and motorcycle racing — AS WELL as NASCAR. Oh, that should stop the emails.

Nothing against motorsports, she says, just trying to save a little money — or how was it Scott Walker put it?

“We are returning to frugality.”

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Some budget cuts are more frugal than others