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Victory! Obama Finally Puts “Taxation” Plates on His Car

President Barack Obama announced today that he has ceded to the demands of the D.C. Council and will install District license plates with the motto "Taxation Without Representation" on the presidential limousine.

“President Obama has lived in the District now for four years, and has seen first-hand how patently unfair it is for working families in D.C. to work hard, raise children and pay taxes, without having a vote in Congress," the White House said in a statement. "Attaching these plates to the presidential vehicles demonstrates the President’s commitment to the principle of full representation for the people of the District of Columbia and his willingness to fight for voting rights, Home Rule and budget autonomy for the District.”

Obama ignored pleas to put the license plates on his ride during his first term. President Bill Clinton briefly had the plates installed near the end of his term, while President George W. Bush had them removed. Obama's move to reinstall the plates comes after D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson and Ward 3 Councilmember Mary Cheh met with a White House aide to push for the plates. A unanimous Council also recently passed a resolution asking the president to reinstall the plates.

Once the plates are on the limo, the District will continue to have no voting representation in Congress, despite having more residents than Wyoming and Vermont. Congress will also still have to pass a D.C. appropriations bill every year before the District is allowed to spend any of its revenue from local taxes and other fees. And of course, Obama will still be able to trade away the District government's ability to pay for abortions for low-income women, as he did in 2011.

The White House says the plates will go on this weekend, just in time for the president's inauguration, and will stay on for the rest of Obama's term. Or longer, if Mark Plotkin is elected president in 2016.

Comments

  1. #1

    Better late than never!

  2. #2

    Why does the presidential limo have D.C. plates and not U.S. government plates?

  3. #3

    I have to wonder if enterprising members of the Council had done what Cheh and Mendo did four years ago (get the plates made and have an actual sit-down w/ WH staff) instead of just passing resolutions and stamping their feet in the media, if the WH would have put the plates on before now. I don't recall there being a face-to-face any time in the past, but I could be wrong.

  4. #4

    BFD!!

  5. #5

    Is this obama's way of saying he is going to keep doubling the Federal Deficit or better put Doubling all Americans DEBT. Sorry obama just QUADRUPLED your DEBT.

    THE POOR THE NEEDY AND ALL THE MIDDLE CLASS SOON TO BECOME SLAVES TO TAXES THE REST OF THEIR LIFE. THE NUMBER OF HOMELESS IS GROWING WORLD WIDE AND IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA FOR THE PAST FOUR YEARS IN A ROW AT A RECORD PACE.

    WITH ALL THE MONEY GOING TO COUNTRIES THAT HAVE LEADERS THAT HATE THE LAND OF THE FREE TO HAVE AND BE ABLE TO READ THE LORD'S WORD FROM A BIBLE.

    Egypt 1.3 billion this year alone, Iran millions in Food, North Korea and now it is saying it now has missiles that can reach the USA mainland and this list go on to the point anyone can see President Obama is giving away are tax money to many that have done a act of war against the United States of America. While America has 45 Million on Food aid 2011 and 46+ million 2012 and growing every day in the United States and that number is growing every year for the last four years in a row. More People living in America homes have been taken away from the bankers and tax man then any other time in our 236+ years of History.

    All Taxes need to be lowered cut in half or there will be a lot more Poor and needy and not in just other countries. In this year 2013 the World will see hunger like never before. More then 100 million will be sick from malnutrition going without food and safe drinking water to drink. Many will not make it and die. Taxing the poor more and taking their Land away from them is Wicked and sick. The leaders that are voted into office were elected to serve WE THE PEOPLE not but more burdens on them and do wicked deeds they too soon will become the Poor.

    If your Legislature will not lower Taxes vote them out of office and VOTE in someone that will Lower your Taxes. If your Son or Daughter was raised in a Christian Home we need them in our Government as Leaders. America is not the Roman Empire or the Persian Empire oh i am sorry the OPEC Empire. Why are we sending are Money and our young men and women over there to die. Have they not bled America long enough. So why are we still sending are hard Working Americans Taxes, to people who do not believe in Our Lord GOD and Savior Jesus Christ, that We Trust In. Not The wicked. For years they have kill many just for having a Bible. 2012 The book called the (Quran - koran) they have been trying to give them out to pedestrians walking on the streets of many German Cities in Germany. They Plan to print over 20 million of this book and can you guess who is paying for this, and of course burn the bible. Most Germans are outraged by this.

    i ask all Americans would you want to keep your tax money going to Countries that want to kill you and make acts of war against you. Do you want to keep giving to countries that cut your head off if you have a BIBLE.

    Are Americans going to cut more to let a Non Christian President give more of our tax money to the wicked that are Lost and many will never read the Lord’s Word from a BIBLE.

    Many a Nation have fallen from taxing their people to Death. You want Prosperity and for things to Flourish and grow lower all taxes.

    You want thriving, success, or good fortune for only a few wicked, keep over taxing all. Like the FED GOV and states and cities acrossed this Nation are doing.

    Why let the Wicked in office in our Nation if they do not believe in GOD and the Bible vote them out of office.

    United We Will Always Stand in GOD We Trust

    George Washington and Johann Paul Schott 12/24/1776. 3:45AM

    In GOD We Trust
    The United States of America’s Motto July 30, 1956.
    King David’s Motto 3,000 years ago.
    Soon all the World will Pray to Our Lord GOD and Savior Jesus Christ.

    United We Will Always Stand in Our Lord GOD and Savior Jesus Christ We Trust
    True Americans
    True Patriots

    GOD Bless
    and May HE Guide you all.

    The Lord’s Little Helper
    Paul Felix Schott

    PS

    Read the BIBLE while you still can.

    Tell the lost and the world to do so also

    and may they come to know the Lord Jesus Christ.

  6. #6

    BRAVO to POTUS for making a small but meaningful gesture in support of DC Statehood. It is hopefully the 1st step in a long process towards equality. BTW, it's readily apparent that Paul Felix Scott is a nut.

  7. #7

    Face to Face with z WH AIDE.
    That is a really long way from face to face with POTUS, himself.

    LL: CEDED????
    You make it sound as if some White folks went to POTUS and forced the man's hand.

    Does Mark Plotkin have WH press credentials.

  8. IAmNotALiberalDemocrat
    #8

    Paul, I started reading your long statement. However, I only got halfway through and fainted at my computer. Damn that is a long ass statement. Please be short the next time. You tell a story like Rose Lyland on the 'Golden Girls'.

  9. #9

    Paul, it is so disingenuous of you to pretend to care about the sick and the poor and the needy. the tea party is astroturf. you represent only the richest 1%. stfu

  10. #10

    Paul, Jesus Christ can kiss my ass

  11. #11

    Foolishness. Yes Obama and the Council should fight for D.C. to have a vote in Congress! But D.C. should not have Statehood!!

  12. #12

    @Paul Felix Schott-THAT'S THAT BULLSHIT!
    HOMEBOY THIS ISN'T THE CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR!
    YOUR BLIND AMBITION OF SOME CHRISTIAN 1ST SOCIETY IS STUPID AND WACK.

    DUDE YOU NEED A HELMET AND A SHORTBUS. FOR REAL!!
    DUE TO YOUR DEFICIENCY IMA GIVE YOU A GENTLE WARNING AND ADVISE YOU TO WATCH YOUR TONE AND LANGUAGE AS YOU ATTEMPT TO DESCRIBE MY PRESIDENT. 10-4 GOOD BUDDY. OVER AND OUT.

    NOW AS TO THIS LICENSE PLATE DOG AND PONY SHOW.
    ARE WE PUTTING OUR CREDIBILITY ON THE LINE WHEN LOWER THE BAR TO ADVERTISING ON A VEHICLE THAT IS NEVER SEEN BY THE PUBLIC?

    ARE WE ALLOWING THE TAG STATEMENT TO BECOME LARGER THAN THE ISSUE ITSELF?

    I BELIEVE THAT WE SHOULD HAVE NEW AND FRESH IDEAS TO HELP ELICIT THE REST OF AMERICA TO OUR CAUSE. THIS WAS ONE OF THE REASONS I CANT STAND GAYTANIA. HE USED WHAT LITTLE POLITICAL CAPITAL WE HAD IN FORCING THAT HOMOSEXUAL MARRIAGE/FREEDOM BILL THRU AND IT RUINED ANY CHANCE WE HAD OF GARNERING ANY CONSERVATIVE REPUBLICAN AND BLUEDOG DEMOCRAT SUPPORT AS A FINAL PUSH TO GET AUTONOMY AND A LEGAL SEAT CONGRESS.

    THIS IS TAG THANG IS SMALL POTATOES.
    I UNDERSTAND THE SIGNIFICANCE BUT IT DOES NOT GET US ANY CLOSER TO OUR GOAL. TWO THUMBS DOWN!

    COME ON MENDO AND CHEH WE NEED SOME UPPER LEVEL SHIT!
    ONE CITY.

  13. #13

    Paul's a troll.
    Even odds he lives in St Paul.

  14. #14

    If having a vote in Congress means that much to you, then move to MD or VA.

  15. #15

    dc license plates on presiden't limo is nothing but symbolism. Phooey he ain't from dc--he is from Chicago. Phooey

  16. #16

    Obama has done nothing for Blacks. Obama is not a Black president; he is not even an afro-american. He is the product of an African man and a White woman. See? He has done less for Blacks than any president we have had.

    I guess it is a tribal thing with us Blacks. I understand.

  17. #17

    If given the choice, I'd choose no taxation.

  18. #18

    You know what's ignorant? The portion of the U.S. Constitution, Article I, Section 8, Clause 17, that established the District as a federal city with no voting rights in Congress. Anachronistic. But you know what else is ignorant? Saying that the Constitution is unconstitutional. Or that Congress can grant the District voting rights through normal legislation. The District should have congressional representation but you have to amend Constitution. See e.g. Amendment 23 which granted District a vote in Presidential election.

  19. #19

    I've been reading about DC for a few months debating moving there. I get the main idea why this is important to many of you but I also think it's really overrated from the perspective of someone with representation. They wouldn't really be looking out for you or making a lot of impact in your lives, it would just add a few more strokers into the big game whose interests might once in a while align with yours. I'm in the land of Scott Walker. You're not missing out.

    I mean, look at your city council and mayor. I love that you have way more information available about your elected leaders than what we have here. It just seems like putting that much energy into statehood could be so much more productive on other priorities.

  20. #20

    I say amen Noodlez and would just add, until this over compensated city Council gets it act together, how in the hell are you going to manage statehood, you have a CFO who have mis-manage and or allowed millions of DC tax payers money to be stolen or mis-apporiated, yet he remain on the job, but yet have no problem firing anyone who expose this mis-management, Councilmen who have no problem in their inference on behalf of his supporters in awarding DC contracts to including one who could care less about the health of the citizens by his inference in the health inspection of a filty business and they are worried about the President putting a freaking DC tags on a Federal Goverment own vehicle, and they wonder why everytime we talk about Statehood, they laugh our asses off the stage.

  21. #21

    the truth would be nice for one...

  22. #22

    once

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