STEVE INSKEEP, Host:
Our commentator Frank Deford has been watching the way this spending has become part of the political debate.
FRANK DEFORD: Even sports has gotten into the budget-cutting, when a House amendment was offered the other day that would prevent the Army from spending $7 million to sponsor NASCAR race car Number 39. But even in a slash-and-burn atmosphere, the amendment was soundly beaten. There are a lot of congressmen prepared to do away with a lot of good old-fashioned, all-American stuff, but keep your hands off my NASCAR.
INSKEEP: And sure, if Chevrolet Number 39 works as a recruiting commercial, let the taxpayers ante up for it. But, hey, Congress, how about we cut the funding for fighter jets flying over stadiums?
INSKEEP: I'm Steve Inskeep.
RENEE MONTAGNE, Host:
And I'm Renee Montagne.
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