Governor Jan Brewer OKs Tea Party Vanity Plates -- Which Could Potentially Cause Arizona to Lose Highway Funds
|This will soon be an Arizona license plate. Oy vey!|
Anyone who wants a Gadsden Flag plate would have to pony up $25, $17 of which goes to "promote Tea Party governing principles" because the Tea Party is the organization that will have to raise the $32,000 required to create the plates.
New York Congressman Gary Ackerman isn't a fan.
Ackerman says the plates use government resources to bankroll a political agenda, which he claims is a misuse of public money. His response: the "License Plate Political Slush Fund Prevention Act."
Under Ackerman's bill, the plates would cause Arizona -- and any other state that issues similar plates -- to lose 15 percent of its federal highway funds if any proceeds from a vanity plate go to a political group that advocates the defeat of a political candidate.
The Tea Party isn't officially a political party, but let's be honest: it's pretty close. And it certainly advocates for political candidates.
Tea Partiers say Ackerman's bill is symbolic of everything they oppose: big government telling people what to do.
If Ackerman's bill passes, and highway funds are withheld, get ready for another idiotic/expensive legal pissing match between the Grand Canyon State and the federal government.