I’m a Small Government guy. I’d like to see the budget cut for all aspects of the federal government, including the Department of Defense.
But . . .
When money is appropriated for recruiting in the military, Congress should keep its nose out of how that money is spent. And I can't help but feel that there's an anti-Middle America bias at work here.
The House Appropriations Committee has approved an amendment to the 2013 Defense Appropriations Bill prohibiting military spending on sponsorship of professional sports, including fishing, motorsports, mixed martial arts, and wrestling.
According to FLW:
“If the House version of the bill with the Kingston-McCollum amendment attached passes, every branch of the U.S. military will lose a critical recruiting tool. For the National Guard, however, it will be particularly devastating since states are prohibited from purchasing television and/or radio airtime according to National Guard Regulation 601-1, 7-6, (4).
“The National Guard restructured its marketing plan in 2006 to include partnerships with FLW, NASCAR, Motocross and other sports properties that provide valuable national media exposure in addition to direct access to potential recruits at hundreds of events nationwide. Since that change, National Guard strength has grown to record levels.”
“A similar amendment sponsored by McCollum was defeated last year,” FLW says. “With your help, we can defeat this amendment as well and continue to allow recruiters to build rapport with potential recruits based on shared interests and common experiences instead of relying solely on traditional media buys.”