During Governor Perry’s recent state-of-the-state address, among other recommendations Perry made, in order to make Texas an even spiffier place to live, he singled out legislation which would authorize “choose life” license plates. Anti-abortion legislators have been pushing for the plates for several sessions.
Texas is 50th in the nation in tax expenditures per capita.
Texas is 50th in the nation in the percentage of the population 25 or older with a high school diploma.
Texas is first in the nation in the percentage of uninsured children, the percent of the general population uninsured, and the percent of our non-elderly uninsured.
Texas is third in the nation in the teen birth rate, and first in the nation in the rate of teens having a second birth.
Texas is 50th in the nation in the average credit score, and first in the nation on air pollution emissions.
This all means that somewhere out there in the Great State of Texas is a 24 year old single female grandmother with asthma but no high school diploma, whose kid and grandkid are one head cold away from pneumonia, and who can’t get a car loan for the 3rd hand 1972 Chevy POS Impala she needs in order to take herself and her kids to the doctor she can’t afford. But by golly I bet she’s going to love those “choose life” license plates.
Texas legislators have a lot of serious work to do, on serious issues, and they want a big push for license plate legislation? I suppose it’s all to prove to a certain market segment what kind of governor Perry is.
I think the mere existence of that 24 year old Texas grandmother says far more about what kind of governor Perry is than his big legislative push for “choose life” license plates. I wonder what legitimate choices he imagines that girl has now?
But, hey, fair enough – if Perry wants license plates, we’ll get him some license plates. He’ll need two cars.
I’m proud of Texas…how ’bout yew?