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The government is like a baby’s alimentary canal, with a happy appetite at one end and no responsibility at the other. — Ronald Reagan

Liberal senators want programs, higher taxes reads the Examiner headline.

In my days as a officer on the Army Staff this is what we referred to as a BFO. A blinding flash of the obvious. What did the Examiner suppose they were going to want? Fiscal discipline?

Fourteen of the more liberal Democrats in the Maryland Senate have written to Gov. Martin O’Malley urging him to take a “forward-thinking strategy to balance the state books,” preserving and expanding programs for education, health care, the environment and transportation.

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They want to pay for this by making the state’s tax system “more progressive,” meaning higher taxes for those with higher incomes, “shifting the relative burden off of working families, small business and those on fixed incomes,” according to a letter written by the 14 legislators obtained by The Examiner.

“We are concerned that too much of the recent debate has focused on the needs of the government, rather than on the needs and aspirations of our people,” the letter says.

This dovetails neatly with what we are seeing underway in Anapolis and across the state. We have MACO wearing a French maid outfit and climbing into bed with the O’Malley regime in selling a massive tax increase as the way to defeat an ominous strawman that they’ve created: the laying off of major expenses on county governments. We have the kabuki theater being played out where O’Malley is selling off a warehouse in Anne Arundel county to save $20K but keeping a multimillion dollar white elephant in Baltimore.

Ladies and gentlemen, we’ve seen all the budget cuts we’re going to see. A handful of state government positions will be eliminated. A few pieces of excess property will be sold off. And then Governor O’Malley will throw his hands in the air and proclaim that he’s done all he could do and a tax increase is in order. A State Legislature will dutifully fall in line and it is off to the races.

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