Tea Party License Plates: New York Congressman Gary Ackerman "Treads" All Over Jan Brewer; Calls Gov's Signing of License Plate Bill "Shameful"
|Congressman Gary Ackerman is treading all over Governor Jan Brewer.|
As for shame, Tea Party license plates are nothin' compared to some of the other crap that's found its way through the Arizona Legislature this session -- much of which Brewer had the sense to veto, including the humiliating "Birther Bill."
"Using government-administrated funds to help enrich political organizations that support a particular ideology reeks of cronyism," Ackerman says. "The ball is now in Speaker Boehner's court. If the Speaker doesn't think license plates should be a slush fund for those who support his party, then he should schedule my bill for a vote next week."
As it stands, anyone who wants a Gadsden Flag (Tea Party) 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.
|The new official license plate of the Tea Party movement.|
Under Ackerman's bill, the "License Plate Political Slush Fund Prevention Act," the Tea Party 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.
In other words, Arizona could potentially lose a boat-load of cash over something as dumb as a symbolic license plate. Sadly, Arizona politicos aren't forced to take a class called Picking Your Battles 101 before assuming office.
The Governor's Office did not immediately respond to our request for comment.