In Oklahoma, we learn, via Think Progress, via Atrios, that the means to fund body armor for the troops serving in Iraq and Aghanistan has fallen to vanity plates. On the one hand, you've got to sort of admire Rep. Kiesel's desire to do something. On the other, you've got to be pretty discouraged that it came to this. In a period when we watch states and the federal government cut taxes for the wealthiest Americans with such tenacity, using all means--estates, capital gains, dividends--this is clear example of how reckless our book-keeping has become. It should never take vanity plates to give soldiers the equipment that they need.