NEW CUTS ADDED: The good, the bad and the undecided in the 2011 budget compromise bill.


Listen to Heart of America’s Radio program regarding the 2011 Budget Compromise, the cuts, the increases and who was the ultimate winner in the budget battle.

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/hoa/2011/04/12/041211–heart-of-americas-2011-budget-compromise

UPDATE ON BILL STATUS AT END.

Overall Spending Limit: The final CR will include a total of $1.049 trillion in funding, nearly $40 billion worth of reductions from last year’s (fiscal year 2010) levels.

Pretty amazing, considering President Obama only wanted to freeze spending and not engage in real cutting.

This includes the $12 billion in reductions previously approved by Congress and for this bill:

Program Cuts; $36.5 billion cut + $2 billion cut for 1 wk continuing resolution = $38.5 billion cut.

** $13 billion from funding for programs at the Departments of Labor, Education, and Health and Human Services

** Over $1 billion in a cut across non-defense agencies

** $8 billion in cuts to our budget for State and Foreign Operations

** $630 million in earmarked transportation projects

** At least $2.5 billion in transportation funding

** $35 million by ending the Crop Insurance Good Performance Rebate

** $30 million for a job training program that was narrowly targeted at certain student loan processors

** $1.9 billion from Homeland Security

** $354 million in funding for an alternative engine for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter was cut.

** $325 million was cut for production of and modifications to Boeing Co.’s C-17 military transport plane.

**$1.6 billion was cut from the EPA’s budget.

** $2.9 billion for funding of Obama’s pet project of a  high-speed rail projects was reduced, wiping out funding for all such new projects and taking back money that remained unspent.

** $438 million from a Energy Department’s energy-efficiency and renewable-energy program.

** More than $1 billion would be cut from programs to prevent sexually transmitted diseases, AIDS, and viral hepatitis.

** $377 million cut from current levels on contributions to the United Nations.

** $433 million would be cut from the agriculture credit insurance fund.

**$3 billion cut from Agriculture, $64 million cut to Agricultural Research Service and $125.9 million cut from National Institute for Food and Agriculture.

** Only $1 billion for Food Safety and Inspection, which is $10 million below the fiscal year 2010 level, while allowing for uninterrupted meat, poultry, and egg products inspection activities of the agency.

** $10.9 billion reduction in Commerce, Justice, Science.

** $946 million cut for the Justice Department appropriations.

** $6.5 billion cut in the Commerce Department.

** $4.2 billion cut on Defense earmarks.

** $3.6 billion reduction in the Energy and Water section.

** $800 million reduces most Treasury and Executive Office of the President accounts and reduces funding for construction of new federal buildings.

**  In addition, the bill terminates two programs funded in ObamaCare (the Consumer Operated and Oriented Plan (CO-OP) and the Free Choice Voucher programs.

** Over $1 billion from the Department of Education

Programs “protected” in the 2011 budget compromise.

** Current levels of Head Start and Race to the Top enrollment

** Pell Grant’s maximum award at $5,550.

**  Title I grants leveled to districts at $14.5 billion, special education at $11.3 billion.

**  Teacher Incentive Fund is level-funded at $400 million.

** Strong investments to efficiently and effectively run Medicare and to implement the Affordable Care Act

** Strong investments in National Institute of Standards and Technology, National Science Foundation and the Office of Science

** The bill also includes $18.5 billion for NASA and fully funds the newly authorized exploration program.

** The Department of Defense is funded at $513 billion in the CR – approximately $5 billion above last year and also includes an additional $157.8 billion for overseas contingency operations (emergency funding) to advance our missions abroad.  However; some defense spending was cut (such as the 2nd F35 alternative engine and defense earmarks etc).

[The Defense section of this legislation includes $126.7 billion for military personnel, providing for 1,432,400 active duty and 846,200 reserve troops. In addition, the bill contains a total of $165.6 billion for operations and maintenance, $102.1 billion for procurement, $75 billion for research and development, and $31.4 billion for Defense health programs.]

** The CR restores a long-standing provision against the use of federal and local funds for abortions in the District of Columbia.

** All critical operations for DHS – including Customs and Border Protection, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Transportation Security Agency, the Coast Guard, and the Secret Service are sufficiently funded to meet mission requirements and sustain staffing levels. This includes funding for 21,370 Border Patrol agents, 33,400 ICE detention beds, and military pay and allowances for the U.S. Coast Guard.

Program funding increases

**  $13 million increase over last year for the Inspector General of Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) to provide oversight of the billions of dollars remaining in TARP assets and continues current funding for drug task forces and programs to assist small businesses

** The CR also includes the reauthorization of the DC Opportunity Scholarships, along with a $2.3 million funding increase, to stop the termination of the program and allow new students to participate.

** The legislation also eliminates four Administration “Czars,” including the “Health Care Czar,” the “Climate Change Czar,” the “Car Czar,” and the “Urban Affairs Czar.” Cost  savings; unknown.

** An Energy Department program to provide loan guarantees for renewable and alternative energy projects was spared. That means the Obama administration will be able to honor commitments such as a $967 million loan guarantee for a 290-megawatt Arizona solar power plant. First Solar Inc. is developing the solar farm and has agreed to sell it to NRG Energy Inc. The deal would have been scuttled without the loan guarantee.

** Plus, Head Start, which is administered by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, got a boost of $340 million, bringing it to $7.57 billion.

** $100 million Educational Technology State grants, $19 million Literacy Through School Libraries and the $42 million Byrd Honors Scholarship made the cut. (The $88 million Smaller Learning Communities and $250 million Striving Readers program from 2010 remain unfunded).

Much speculation and discontent is being expressed by fiscal Republicans as they feel that the budget cuts presented (despite it being the largest budget cut in history) is too small.

I am getting a feeling that this budget could also reach a stalemate and so I am asking that the House of Representatives follow the Senate lead and bring HR 1297 to the House floor for an up/down vote to ensure that our military is paid in the event of a government shutdown.

There are some controversial measure that are still left to be discussed.

**  Funding for NASA’s Constellation exploration program, courtesy of Alabama’s Senator Richard Shelby. This is an absolute MUST as Obama is trying to stop our space exploration and hitch rides with Russia at $60+ million/a seat.

ESPECIALLY since Virginia based Orbtial Science has failed 2 launches- one back in March 2011 and another in 2010 and Orbital Sciences is one of the private companies NASA is counting on to lift cargo to the International Space Station when the shuttles are retired. We MUST have a back up plan and keeping NASA’S Constellation exploration program opened and funded is essential to ensure our lead in Space.

**California has posed serious restrictions on water usage and now they are wanting to limit the water usage again to preserve some fish species.

I dont live in California but have many friends who do that say that the water restrictions are creating a problem for people, California needs to look into a healthy balance. Why is this even being placed in the 2011 budget, this is a state issue.

** A program designed to prevent the spread of HIV and other diseases common among IV drug users is in the works of whether to fund them in DC and other states.

Considering that HIV and AIDS does not have a cure, if there is a preventive procedure available to lessen the possibility of an outbreak then, by all means, we should look into funding it on a federal level. The states cannot afford any additional financial stress.

** Homeowners associations want to apply for federal grants for pool and spa safety programs. THIS IS A WASTE OF TAX PAYER MONEY. Homeowners associations can take necessary measures to ensure that there pools and spas are safe for everyone without getting federal funding for it. This measure needs to be opposed.

** Environmental issues range from waiving the price cap for the federal government when it purchases a green vehicle (a price cap should hardly ever be waived, I support a tax credit but that is for everyone not just the federal government).

There are also several clean air provisions, beyond the EPA and CO2 measures that were not included in the broader bill (I support the Clean Air Act because I enjoy breathing in clean air as well as a provision that would exempt some ponds and creeks, particularly on farms, from being subject to the EPA’s “Navigable Waterways” restrictions.

Here’s hoping that we can reach an agreement to the 2011 budget so we can start focusing on the 2012 budget (which is for a much longer period of time as the 2011 budget runs out September 30, 2011 [funding for a little over 5 months] and the 2012 budget appropriations and get started on our talks of NOT raising the debt ceiling and bringing (S. 163 and H.R. 421),  The Full Faith & Credit Act which ensures that our debtors are paid if we do not raise the debt ceiling.

In the meantime, dont forget to contact your Representative and ask them to bring HR 1297, Ensuring our Military is Paid Act to the floor for an up/down vote to ensure that our military is paid and to keep our mission operational despite a possible government shutdown on April 15th.

**This list contains highlighted program cuts. This list is not comprehensive of all program funding levels in the legislation. In addition, the totals DO NOT reflect the overall across the board cut of 0.2% to all non-defense programs.**

For a list of additional highlighted cuts, please click HERE.

UPDATE ON BILL STATUS:

The 2011 Budget Compromise passed the House  260 to 167 and passed the Senate 81 to 19.

Also voted on was the controversial plan to end Title X funding for reproductive health care, money that Republicans complained goes predominately to Planned Parenthood as well as defunding the health care law implemented last year.

Although it passed the House it was defeated in the Senate 42 to 58.

The  amendment to defund health care reform was rejected 47 to 53.

Next up, the 2012 budget and the vote to raise the debt ceiling, two more highly charged congressional debates.

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Roadmap for modernizing the teaching profession


Roadmap for modernizing the teaching profession

Guest Commentary provided by: Former Governor Jeb Bush

Last week, the Florida Legislature passed landmark legislation that brings common sense reforms to the teaching profession. Because of unwavering legislative leadership and a strong, supportive governor, Florida is once again transforming the educational status quo.

And if Florida can do it, every state can — and must.

Under the new law, for the first time in Florida, teachers will be evaluated and rewarded based on how much their students learn.

Starting July 1, tenure for new teachers is effectively ended. All new teachers will receive an initial one-year probationary contract. After that, new teachers will work under annual contracts, subject to renewal every year.

The bill also ends the policy of “last in, first out” — making merit the basis of retention. Seniority will not be the only measurement for retention and no longer will new teachers be the first to receive pink slips when layoffs are necessary. All teachers — from the experienced educators to those entering the classroom for the first time — will be assessed and paid based on their effectiveness in teaching.

Currently, annual teacher evaluations are subjective and very few teachers receive negative reviews. For the first time, an objective measure of teacher effectiveness — based on standardized tests that measure student learning — will be part of annual evaluations. Fifty percent of teacher evaluations will be based on what matters most — students’ knowledge and skills. Essentially, do students know more at the end of the school year than they knew at the beginning? This common-sense evaluation system provides a healthy balance of student data and valuable peer feedback.

Teachers will be evaluated as highly effective; effective; needs improvement; and unsatisfactory. Teachers who need improvement will receive professional development. Teachers who are rated unsatisfactory for two out of three years will not have their contracts renewed.

The bill establishes a fairer salary system, improving Florida’s ability to attract and retain excellent teachers. The current salary structure is blind to effectiveness; pay increases are largely based on years of service. Teachers who are effective and highly effective will earn raises — not one-time bonuses but annual increases that build their base salaries.

Teachers who take the toughest jobs, like positions in inner-city schools, will earn a bonus. So will teachers of high-demand subjects, like math and science. Higher salaries for these positions will attract talent and energy to our greatest challenge — preparing all students for college and careers.

The law is based on a bedrock belief that all students can learn. That core principle is backed by decades of research that confirms students with great teachers learn more — up to four times as much — than students with ineffective teachers.

Florida is debunking the myth that some kids can’t learn because of life’s circumstances. The state has proven that a quality education and great teachers can overcome the obstacles of poverty, language barriers and broken homes. Florida is now forging a seismic path for modernizing the teaching profession nationwide.

Jeb Bush, chairman of the Foundation for Excellence in Education, was governor of Florida from 1999 to 2007.

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Fla Gov Rick Scott linking merit pay to teacher without establishing a balanced ground for consideration.


Florida public school teachers would lose job security but could make more money if their students do well on standardized tests under a trailblazing bill that went to Gov. Rick Scott on Wednesday after a party-line vote in the Republican-controlled state House.

The legislation will establish a statewide teacher evaluation and merit pay system in 2014 and do away with tenure for new teachers hired after July 1 2011.

This legislation also chips away at teachers’ due process and collective bargaining rights.

Scott has made the bill a priority and it’s the first legislation sent to the Republican governor since he took office in January.

It’s similar, as I predicted in “Is the Fla SB376, Merit Pay for Teachers, really SB6 in disguise?”  where Former Fla Governor, Charlie Crist,  vetoed last year after statewide protests by teachers and their supporters.

The measure is the latest in a series of steps Florida has taken to instill accountability into its education system by relying heavily on student testing to measure success and failure.

“All of us know that measurement works,” Scott said at a news conference with GOP legislative leaders shortly after final passage. “We measure students. We know that works.

The bill passed the House 80-39. It cleared the Senate in a largely partisan 26-12 roll call, last week.

Democrats acknowledged the bill is less objectionable than last year’s version but said it still has problems including the lack of funding source for the merit pay.

They predicted that would lead either to tax increases or layoffs and reductions in the base pay.

Florida teachers already rank near the bottom nationally and are facing pay and benefit reductions in the next budget year as part of spending cuts designed to avoid a potential $3.6 billion shortfall.

“It’s amazing to me that the members in this chamber see no harm in paying those to whom they entrust the minds of their children a smaller wage than is paid to those to whom they entrust the plumbing care of their toilets,” said Rep. Scott Randolph, D-Orlando. “Until we pay teachers a livable wage there’s no need to talk about this bill.”

Amen, Representative Randolph.

Republicans argued that merit pay is a way to attract and retain top teachers while other provisions in the bill will make it easier to get rid of bad ones.

“This is pro-teacher,” said Rep. Richard Corcoran, R-New Port Richey. “”They want to be measured. They want to be recognized for their excellence.”

Determinations of which teachers will get merit pay and which will face termination will be made according to an evaluation system.

Half of each teacher’s evaluation will depend on how much progress their students have made on the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) or other exams over a three-year period.

The other half would rely on principals’ assessments and other factors including advanced degrees — but only if they are in the teacher’s subject area.

“It is a very objective way of evaluating teachers, said Rep. Ana Logan, a Miami Republican who’s been a teacher, administrator and school board member. “There are many teachers who can put on a dog and pony show, a very good dog and pony show, but are not very good teachers.”

Andy Ford, president of the Florida Education Association, the statewide teachers union, said the legislation is fatally flawed.

“We’ve looked closely at plenty of scientifically sound, peer reviewed research out there that shows this is the wrong approach to take to implement performance pay and to revamp evaluations,” Ford said in a statement.

New teachers who cannot get tenure will face the prospect of being terminated without cause at the end of each school year even if they get top ratings.. School officials will not even be required to let them they why they are being let go.

Executive Editor of Heart of America, Denise Haywald, is concerned that this is perhaps the wrong way to evaluate the students. “While I am all for standardized testing, I do not support putting the entire burden on the teacher nor linking merit pay to teachers. Special attention needs to be placed on the child’s absences as well as homework turn in ratio in addition to standardize testing.

There are many alternatives to look into to help our students succeed without shafting the teachers- esp. since their pay is lower than average yet their responsibilities are high.  You can find other solutions by visiting my blog: http://tinyurl.com/49bymbz.

By eliminating tenure and prohibiting job security, this bill undermines our entire Floridian educational system by driving away the good teachers as mostly everyone likes stability in their life.

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Cut NPR, save PBS.


I clearly remember growing up with my favorite characters on Sesame Street, Reading Rainbow, The Electric Company and Mr. Rogers Neighborhood.

These were my first teachers, helping me with the building blocks of education when I was a pre-school and kindergarten student. Later, the math and science skills discussed reinforced the lessons taught in school.

Now that I have children, they are enjoying PBS just as much as I did with more current television shows such as Super Why, Sid the Science Kid, Sesame Street, Dinosaur Train, The Cat in the Hat and Word World.

Now, that funding is at risk.

There have been cuts suggested to defund public broadcasting, which includes National Public Radio and Public Broadcasting Service (PBS).

Those supporting cutting federal funding for public broadcasting include Presidental Hopeful Sen. Jim DeMint of South Carolina.

“Our nation is on the edge of bankruptcy and Congress must make some tough choices to rein in spending, but ending taxpayer subsidies of public broadcasting should be an easy decision,” DeMint said in a statement.

The measure would save a little more than $400 million a year by taking all federal funds for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. It’s among more than $61 billion in cuts House Republicans are hoping to cut from the federal government’s budget.

It’s important to recognize that what people really want defunded is the NPR as that news tends to be biased and one sided. I would be okay with NPR being defunded but to lump PBS into the cut would be reckless and harmful for our future generations who rely on the television as a learning tool.

The service that PBS provides is worth giving them a fighting chance.

If you are going to cut NPR – I understand but leave PBS alone.

Copyright (c) March 10, 2011.

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More of President Obama’s double talk.


President Barack Obama told students in Boston on Tuesday that education reform requires “partnerships” in the community as well as a national policy.

“We need to recognize that the true path to reform has to involve partnerships between teachers and school administrators and communities and we’ll need a national education policy that tries to figure out how do we replicate success stories.”

“What’s needed is higher standards and higher expectations; more time in the classroom and greater focus on subjects like math and science. What’s needed are outstanding teachers and leaders … who get more flexibility.”

President Obama  boldly states that he won’t permit a budget that shortchanges education, saying such a budget “sacrifices our children’s future.”

Yet, President Obama just signed into a law the Continuing Resolution that cuts educational funds by $865 million.

“There is no better economic policy than one that produces more graduates,” a partial transcript of Obama’s remarks indicated he would say. “That’s why reforming education is the responsibility of every American — every parent, every teacher, every business leader, every public official and every student.”

Does Obama even comprehend his own speeches? Or is he intentionally misleading us by false and and shady claims that claim one thing but do the exact opposite?

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Dr. Matthew Ladner explains Florida School Choice Reform


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Striving Readers program defunded


Congress eliminated $250 million in funding for the Striving Readers Comprehensive Literacy program this week, continuing research from the program that inspired it started to show that it had some benefits for struggling adolescent readers.

The original Striving Readers research project, launched by the Bush administration in 2006 and now in the last year of a five-year grant cycle, evaluates the effectiveness of “research-based” literacy interventions at eight sites nationwide for middle and high school students who read at least two years below grade level.

While an earlier 2007-08 implementation study found little benefit for students who participated in the programs, preliminary year-four results from five of the sites, presented at the Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness conference here on Thursday, show greater improvements, particularly in comprehension, for students in several of the program sites.

The final reports for year four will not be released by the U.S. Department of Education until summer.

“It was more than a demonstration program; it was a form of policy research,” said Richard M. Long, the executive director for government relations for the International Reading Association and the National Title I Association. “The hope was that Striving Readers [the research pilot] could start building the expectation, the knowledge base, so that the larger program could take advantage of that.”

Expanding the Effort

Concern about low literacy rates among secondary students has only grown since the research project was launched. One in four 8th graders cannot demonstrate even basic literacy, according to the most recent National Assessment of Educational Progress in 2009. That was partly why, in spite of lackluster initial results from the Bush-era Striving Readers research project, Congress last year approved President Barack Obama’s proposal for an expanded competitive grant program of the same name.

The Striving Readers Comprehensive Literacy Program is intended to boost the capacity of eight to 12 states to improve literacy for children from birth through 12th grade. States are just now submitting the initial literacy plans required before the competitive grant competition is slated to open later this month. It is uncertain how much state officials relied on those initial results of the Striving Readers research project in developing the secondary school portion of their own plans.

Latest Results

The latest studies differ from evaluations released in 2009 of five of the eight sites, including in San Diego and Chicago, which found students who participated in the programs did not improve significantly more than their peers who did not participate.

The preliminary results released on Thursday cover sites for five grants: five schools in the Springfield and Chicopee school districts in Massachusetts; 19 middle schools in Newark, N.J.; 10 middle and high schools in Portland, Ore.; eight middle schools in an unnamed, large city in the mid-South; and seven youth detention facilities serving secondary school students in Ohio.

While Chicago used a home-grown literacy intervention for its Striving Readers program, these five sites implemented two widely used literacy programs. One of those programs, New York-based Scholastic, Inc.’s Read 180 program, includes a 90-minute instructional block each day in which students rotate between an adaptive computer reading program and small-group instruction. The other, the xTreme Reading program developed by the University of Kansas Center for Research on Learning, includes collaborative professionaldevelopment for teachers and 45-minute blocks of differentiated instruction, including teacher-modeled reading and peer-paired reading, which can supplement or replace regular reading instruction.

Though she is still waiting to “dig into” the full results, Francie Alexander, Scholastic’s chief academic officer, said the preliminary results are validating. “I’ve been to conferences where speakers said if a child doesn’t learn to read in 1st grade, forget about it,” she said. “Because of scientific research like this and our own experience, we know we can make a difference in kids’ lives.”

The year-four results remain mixed, but are more promising. Three out of the four sites that used Read 180—Springfield/Chicopee in Massachusetts, Newark, N.J., and Ohio—found that participants significantly improved in some aspect of reading, usually comprehension, by the third year they participated. The mid-South site found no significant effects. Of the two sites that used xTreme Reading—Portland and Springfield/Chicopee—Portland found significant positive effects for participating students, particularly in middle school.

Ohio faced the most difficult implementation battle and showed some of the strongest results, according to William Loadman, the principal investigator for the Ohio Striving Readers grant and a professor emeritus of educational policy and leadership at Ohio State University in Columbus.

Students who participated in the Read 180 intervention improved their reading score on the SRI Reading Lexile by 57.37 points more than the control group on a scale of 0-1000—a significant difference. Those who stayed in the program for the equivalent of four quarters improved in reading 88 points per year, more than the average high school student gains annually.

Newark students who participated in the Read 180 program for two years showed significantly greater improvement than peers in reading comprehension, and the effect grew stronger for those who participated for three years, said Jennifer Hamilton, a senior study director for Newark’s evaluator, the Rockville, Md.-based Westat.

Participating special education students showed significantly more growth in vocabulary the first year, comprehension the second year and overall language-arts skills in the third year, she said.

Sounds to me like we just defunded a promising program that assist kids in comprehending and reading skills. Shameful.

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Presidential hopeful, Jim Demint, speaks on the importance of school choice and higher education.


South Carolina is one of the few states where school choice supporters have been working to pass an educational tax credit program. South Carolina Senator Jim Demint speaks on the importance of school choice and higher education.

The lead-in hits it perfectly; school choice is about self government, and public education means an educated public, not government-run schools.

With the economy and government budgets in the state they’re in, citizens want to know first and foremost whether any new program is going to cost them more money. I cant say I blame them but let not your heart be troubled;

Jump to 7:23 in the video for a great take on how education tax credits save money while better assisting our children to become the leaders of tomorrow.

POLL shows opposition to eliminating funding for PBS (public broadcasting).


A new poll out Tuesday has found that voters opposes House Republican efforts to eliminate funding for public broadcasting, a provision included in the seven month continuing resolution passed last month.

The poll conducted by Hart Research and American Viewpoint found 69 percent opposed to the plan to eliminate funding.

This includes 83 percent of Democrats, 69 percent of Independents, and 56 percent of Republicans surveyed.

The poll found that 82 percent of the public think deficit reduction needs to be a top priority.

Yet Heart of America’s CEO claims that priorities are mixed up.

“The funding for public broadcasting should not be cut. For some families, that is the only educational channel that is available to them. Why are we cutting funding to a useful entity yet still fund wasteful programs such as the government subsidies to NASCAR? Clearly, our priorities are not in the correct order.”

It finds support for PBS ranks second only to “the country’s military defense,” by 73 percent to 81 percent.

The poll surveyed 809 registered votes from Feb. 11-13.

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NASCAR lives, educational television dies. Where are our priorities?


An amendment  introduced Wednesday by Republican Rep. Betty McCollum that would have prevented the U.S. Army & the Pentagon from spending $7 million on NASCAR and $5 million on drag racing in 2011 as well as millions more by the Air Force and Navy in sponsorship deals intended to generate recruitment interest.

McCollum at a news conference Wednesday to push for continued funding of public broadcasting, argued that too much money is being spent by the government on racing.

She noted that the tax deal reached between Republicans and Obama at the end of 2010 grave breaks to track and facilities owners to fund capital projects at a cost of $40 million.

The amendment failed in a 281-148 vote.

Please read that again, the amendment granting money given to NASCAR was allowed to continue while public broadcasting which provides educational benefits for children, failed.

Where are our priorities?

Luckily, there is another amendment awaiting a vote that would restore all funding to the Corporation for Public Broadcasting since the underlying bill eliminates the $460 million designated for public broadcasters.

But what about NASCAR? Why are we giving them $40 million when our national debt is $14.3 trillion and looking to be doubled by Obama’s newly released FY 2012 budget? We need to cut out NASCAR’s expenditure. NASCAR, like big oil, is doing just fine on their own.

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