Two Oklahoma Republican State Senators put forward a bill that would create specialty license plates that show off the president’s campaign slogans. Some analysts believe this license plate could be a violation of federal campaign finance law.
Senators Nathan Dahm and Marty Quinn wrote the legislation, which would create Oklahoma state license plates that read “Make America Great Again” (MAGA) and “Keep America Great” available for people to buy.
As of now, 98 styles are available for purchase for registered vehicles in Oklahoma. More than half of the proceeds go to nonpolitical causes and charities.
The proceeds from the “MAGA” and “Keep America Great” license plates won’t go directly to president Trump’s reelection campaign. However, they will be split among two veteran groups: The Warriors for Freedom Foundation and the Folds of Honor Foundation. Trump will still have a say in the license plate designs.
“The license plates shall be designed in consultation with the corporation or entity designated by Donald J. Trump for such purposes,” the bill details.
According to the Washington Post, the two senators have yet to submit the bill to the Federal Elections Commission for an advisory opinion. After all, this bill may be employing state resources to disseminate campaign materials for the president.
Although the money collected from the sale of the plates would not be diverted towards President Trump’s reelection campaign, some contend that it still breaks federal campaign finance laws if the state uses taxpayer dollars to make them. If such a bill were to pass, it would raise numerous free speech issues.
“These are political slogans,” stated Richard Briffault, a professor at Columbia Law School. “This has the look and feel of using state resources to support a political candidate, which seems improper . . . and possibly illegal.”
This bill is a piece of pro-Trump legislation state lawmakers will discuss when the statehouse gets together in February. Back in November, the same two senators introduced a bill that would rename a section of Route 66 the “President Donald Trump Highway.”
Airbnb CEO Says Wuhan Virus Will Fundamentally Transform Domestic Travel
Post-pandemic America will not look the same.
Brian Chesky, the CEO of Airbnb, said to Reuters on January 14, 2021 that domestic travel patterns will not revert to pre-Wuhan virus pandemic standards.
In a Zoom call with Jonathan Weber, the global technology editor for Reuters, Chesky said that business travel will move towards leisure travel due to the fact that software like Zoom facilitates teleconferencing at unprecedented rates.
Furthermore, Chesky speculates that people won’t be visiting America’s largest cities as much as before, nor will they stay at crowded hotels. Instead, he believes that “many people will travel by car – some will travel by plane – and they’re going to travel to thousands of smaller communities. And many of these communities are going to be smaller cities and or even rural areas.”
Additionally, the Airbnb CEO notes that “farm stays are huge right now” and that national parks travel will become a major trend among travelers in the upcoming months. The latter will grow, in Chesky’s view, because most Americans have not visited such parks.
According to an Airbnb survey, 54% of Americans have plans of traveling in 2021 or they’re in the process of planning out their trips for the summer. Chesky asserted that travelers are “yearning for what was taken away from them.” He added, “they’re not yearning to see Times Square. What they are yearning to do is to see their friends and their families they have not seen in a long time.”
Tyler Durden of ZeroHedge raised an interesting point about this change in Americans’ travel patterns:
If Chesky is right about the significant travel shift, the hotel industry could be slated for a massive wave of bankruptcies and or consolidation to a degree never before seen.
Regardless, Americans are getting tired of the Wuhan virus lockdowns. Millions of Americans have had their freedoms infringed upon thanks to politicians who want to exploit a generalized crisis for their own gain.
If Republicans were smart, they would be unapologetically campaigning for their states to be reopened. Americans want to go back to their normal lives and engage in activities such as travel, which the political class has deprived them of.
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