Sunday, April 01, 2007

In God We Trust - The License Plate

Indiana has always offered alternate license plates. They did this long before other states because they held a competition for license plates that often resulted in a "butt ugly" plate. So people always chose something different when given the opportunity. Consider these:
When the "Wander Indiana" plate was issued the environmental plate became popular. Twenty five dollars goes to support the Indiana Heritage Trust dedicated to securing more lands for conservation, recreation and preservation purposes-like state parks and such. Fifteen dollars goes to administrative fees. So for forty bucks you can adorn your vehicle with this beauty instead of one of the "butt uglies".

Soon after, the "Kids First" plate became equally popular. Twenty five dollars goes to the Indiana Kids Trust fund towards programs for the prevention of child abuse and neglect. Not only is it a worthy cause, but the plate is cool as can be!

This was followed in popularity by the "Education" plate with a cute picture of Garfield. Jim Davis, the Garfield creator, is a Hoosier. The proceeds of this plate go to school corporations, as us Hoosiers call our school districts. The money is to be used to recognize students. Both the "Kids First" and the "Education" plate carry a fifteen dollar administrative fee.

You can even get a plate to support your college. Of course you must pay the fifteen dollar administrative fee. Here are a few notable ones.

This is our current plate, known as the "regular" plate.

Last year the state came up with an alternate plate, the "In God We Trust" plate. Perhaps it was as a result of the controversy over the prayer said before the General Assembly begins work for the day. Someone sued that it endorsed religion. The Speaker of the House continued to recognize God and "in the name of our Savior" during the debate of the law suit. But they won and I think now the Speaker has to be a little more politically correct. Why I even think he had a rabbi say a prayer this year. Here is the "In God We Trust" plate.
Interesting enough there is no administrative fee for this plate, nor do the proceeds go to any cause. This year because of Rep. Woody Burton of Greenville you may have this plate for free! It is your choice. You can get a sticker for the "regular" green plate or you can have this red, white, and blue beauty for free. Yep! The taxpayers are footing the bill at the cost of $3.89 a plate for a total of $1 million dollars towards road upkeep lost. That's right, free plate and crummy roads!

This is Indiana and if we are going to charge fifteen dollars administrative fees for donating twenty-five dollars to a Hoosier tradition like the one to the right, why would give a break to Francis Scott Key? (The phrase "In God We Trust" started with his last verse of "The Star Spangled Banner" before it was hammered into our coins.)

Of course some people are preferring the plate below this year. The proceeds go to supporting the Indiana Stadium and Convention Building Authority (ISCBA) to help defray the costs of the Lucas Oil Stadium and Convention Center expansion project.
I like the Colts plate myself. But, I would prefer a different look for it. It should be a blue plate with a white Colts helmet. The blue horseshoe should be prominent. Instead of "Go Colts" it should say:
"In Peyton We Trust"


Blogger gawilli said...

My parents used to have a plate back in the day that said "Indiana, Land of Taxes". Boy, would that plate fit our circumstances today...

This plate thing irritates me to no end. Not only do I not like the plate, but my tax dollars are paying for someone else to get it for free. What is with that? Go Willi!

8:38 PM  
Blogger daddy d said...

Free fee. I still don't want it. I stayed with the educational plate. That is what is needed by society and that is what I do.

Nice history of plates. I should have kept them over the years and had a collection.

10:09 PM  
Blogger Molly said...

Willi, welcome home. On your trip through the entire state, what per cent of the total new Indiana plates would you estimate are In God We Trust Indiana plates?

I am in a dilemma about these plates. First, the plates are colorful and patriotic. Second, I trust in God. On the other hand, there is the question about the separation of church and state. Furthermore, when I see those plates, I think that the car owner must be a flag-waving, warmongering, conservative fundamentalist. Now granted, that viewpoint may emanate from my personal bias. However, we bleeding-heart liberals can be patriotic too.

Which plate did we choose? We paid a few extra bucks for the Garfield plate so that our school corporation can have the extra monies to fund grants that provide educational and innovative opportunities for students.

Did I read that right you can have this plate for free? Sheesh!!!

11:33 PM  
Blogger Jay said...

I guess these plates are okay. People who want them pay the extra fee (except the God plate. How dare we ever charge a perfect Christian for his God plate) and the ones who don't want them don't have to pay the fee.

Arkansas, of course, has the "Choose Life" plate. I don't know if it costs more or not. I do know that they don't offer a "choose death" plate. I don't know why.

10:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So many choices. I have no idea if we have choices or's more, "here's your plate" Go Forth!

Interesting that they give that one for free. I suppose you could get it and put a big flag sticker over the words to keep the separation thing intact...

10:34 AM  
Blogger Cazzie!!! said...

Peyton is a colts player? I am learning here :)

I like the idea of the plates that raise money for a cause.

I don;t like that your roads are crummy, it leads to accidents in bad weather and as a nurse, that is not good!!

Best plate is the educational one :)

6:08 AM  
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