Them’s a lot of zeros, bubba.

I meant to post on this earlier but got sidetracked. In light of the shenanigans going on in Annapolis I thought I’d like to remind us all of what is at stake.

Last week I posted on the floating target that is the cost of Governor O’Malley’s health-care-plan-that-does-not-contribute-to-the-“structural-deficit”. First is was pegged at $500 million. Then at $675 million. And the day after that post:

More than 100,000 uninsured Maryland residents would be covered over the next four years under a $739 million health care plan released this morning by Gov. Martin O’Malley.

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The announcement comes as the General Assembly prepares for a special session starting Monday to tackle the state’s $1.7 billion deficit.

Now we are told today that slots will pay for this incredible squandering of tax money. Except that slots are also going to pay for school construction, give us a property tax cut, and buy tree houses for poor children.

We can’t afford, indeed sane, unmedicated, people wouldn’t even bother discussing at new $500 million program in the context of massive tax increases to fix a $1.7 billion budget deficit. But $675 million is a lot more than $500 million. $793 million is a lot more than $675 million.

Ladies and gentlemen, if we don’t get utterly skinned alive during this special session of the General Assembly we need to declare a statewide Day of Thanksgiving.

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