When asked by 11Alive's Paul Crawley if he thought the plate should be changed, Deal said, "I don't think so, I mean it is one of many specialty plates that we have that are supportive of a variety of organizations and causes." [...](Via Right Wing Watch.)
"I don't think that it is something that we should be so concerned about," Deal said. "Hopefully those who take offense at it will look at the fact that it is a part of a cultural heritage of our state."
Blast from the Past. At Daily Kos on this date in 2013—The sequester is stupid and contractionary, but Republicans can't stop themselves:
|I'm not sure that there's much nuance to be parsed out about the sequester and why we seem to be headed for it despite it being plainly and obviously the worst possible thing to do. The problem is that the one actually sensible solution—to just dump the whole idea, as Congress can do at any point during this entire ridiculous, posturing debacle—isn't politically palatable to any of the involved groups. Sure, the sequester will foul up the economy, hurt a hell of a lot of people and botch up important government functions all around the nation, but as of right now both parties see "screw up the entire American economy, again" as being preferable to any of the achievable political alternatives.
The Republicans know the partial shutdown of services is going to hurt—a lot. They also know they're going to be blamed for it, no matter what little Twitter hashtags they deploy to the contrary, and that once people with government jobs or government contracts actually start getting furloughed, costing them a hefty chunk of their paychecks, people are quickly going to become irate. Every small town in America is going to be awash with the news of what's been cut, and how many local residents are being furloughed, and how that's going to affect the rest of the local economy, and they'll all be duly noting that there was abso-effing-lutely no reason for it other than this stupid "cut everything because governmenting is hard and stuff" plan.
On today's Kagro in the Morning show, Greg Dworkin reports on the latest Kaiser poll data, the DCCC says it's going on the offensive on the ACA, Chait takes a swipe at pediatricians (or the AAP, anyway), and Chris Christie is still toast. Hey, how about a celebrity salami? Armando calls in to catch up on NSA stories, the upcoming election-time health care fight, AZ's anti-gay legislation & ALEC, and ask why Raymond Felton's gun charges aren't a cause célèbre for gun rights advocates. Banning gays from the NFL is apparently a thing people think they can do.