WHO IS MAKING THE MONEY
There is an old saying in politics. If you want to know what’s going on all you have to do is follow the money. We citizens of Oklahoma who own a motor vehicle have just been scammed by the legislature and the Governor. Now they claim they didn’t raise any taxes and technically they didn’t. They did however cancel the tax cut that the citizens were supposed to get this year. Yet every single one of them up for election claims the mantel of being a Conservative. Most of them should pick up a dictionary and look the word up, because Conservative they are not.
The first item we need to bring up is this webserver1.lsb.state.ok.us/cf_pdf/2015-16 ENR/hB/HB3208 ENR.PDF. This is the legislation passed this last session by the legislature and signed by the governor that changed the license plates for the state of Oklahoma. Now since now tax increase bills would be approved, they added a five dollar ($5.00) fee to the citizens to be able to change their plates and then made it a requirement. To put it mildly, this is an under the table tax increase and the legislators are hoping that you won’t notice. To their misfortune, this is also one of the bills we included in our 2016 Rino Index.
The next article of interest we found was this http://newsok.com/article/5516697. Now the state has had a contract with the 3M Company for a long time. With the change in the license plates comes a new contract with 3M. In short more of that five dollar ($5.00) increase is going into the pockets of an out of state company that contributes little to nothing to the economy of the state of Oklahoma. Did they even try to find an in-state vendor? Did they use a bidding process? None of this is known. This is a simple knee jerk reaction to fill a billion dollar plus gap in the budget at the expense of the tax payers. For a state that is technically in a depression, this is a poor attempt to reign in cost at the expense of the tax payers.
The next article of interest we found was this Oklahoma Tax Commission - Motor Vehicle. This is an
Official site for the Department of Motor Vehicles. We included this page in this article because it is our understanding that we will have to start paying the additional five dollar ($5.00) fee almost immediately, but you won’t be able to obtain the new plate until January of 2017. Now if that isn’t running a scam we don’t know what is. These guys must have taken lessons from the Chicago School of Political Science.
The next article of interest we found was this Oklahoma House passes bill to require new motor vehicle license plates | News OK. This is the article reporting the passing of the bill. It’s not often that we agree with Democrats, but we do in this case. While the Republicans stand fast and insist on calling this a fee, the Democrats are correct in calling this a backdoor tax increase. They argue that changing the design of the plate makes it easier to detect unregistered vehicles on the road. That is a load of crap if we’ve ever heard one. The major cities in our state already use tag readers in some vehicles. Others can be found on traffic stops. Most can be seen in plain sight. We are not as stupid as you mouth pieces at the capital think we are.
We have to face it folks. We are stuck in the most corrupt government in the United States. You can count on one hand the number of Republicans in office who uphold the platform of the Republican Party. What is needed here is a State Constitutional Amendment that would place all tax increases and all fee increases to a vote of the people before they can go into effect. The same should apply to all new proposed Turnpikes.
What we are proposing are three Constitutional amendments to be driven by initiative petitions. If you know of someone skilled in writing these type of initiative petitions have them contact us. We can no longer live under the disgrace we call a government. We the unwilling led by the unqualified to do the unnecessary for the ungrateful. We have done so much with so little for so long that we are now qualified to do practically anything with nothing.