Friday, November 16, 2007

Spitzer's Driver's License Plan Crashes


It looks like there are reasonable beings in New York. The New York Post reports this:
With his poll numbers collapsing, Gov. Spitzer pullled the plug today on his controversial plan to allow illegal immigrants to obtain driver's licenses.

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Spitzer aides said the decision was made because the firestorm over the issue was blocking the governor's overall agenda, and there were serious concerns that various lawsuits, as well as threatened legislative action, would block the plan anyway.

There was also anxiety about the negative impact the issue was having on Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's presidential campaign.

The decision to wave the white flag was cemented as a Siena Research Institute poll released yesterday showed Spitzer with his lowest approval ratings ever - with just 25 percent of voters saying they would support his re-election if the vote were held today.
With Spitzer's popularity numbers plummeting maybe he is getting the hint. Additionally, the plan put Hillary in so much hot water during the last debate that her state governor's plan had to get trounced. Or perhaps people are truly fed up with ridiculous government proposals such as this one.

This news story was about as good as the one about the Florida lawsuit which sought to allow women to wear a veil for their driver's license pictures. The courts ruled against that one and then later upheld that ruling in an appeals case. Later that year, Florida Gov. Jeb Bush signed legislation requiring a picture of a driver's full face on a license.

Thank goodness there is a shred of sanity in New York State (and Florida too).

Update: New York Times article

(H/T Stephen M.)