Martin O’Malley Does Not Care About Maryland

from Maryland Politics Today

I normally “play around” before firing the direct shot, but not today. Governor Martin O’Malley (D) and the Democratic leadership has dismissed our opinion and what we want our leaders to do. Folks this is not a business where they make the rules, this is a republic. That means we are their bosses. Seeing that the Rasmussen, Gonzales and The Sun polls ask registered voters, O’Malley and House Speaker Michael Busch (D-Dist. 30) have basically told us off. This is unacceptable.

O’Malley did not even consider ANY budget cuts. Also, let me remind you about what is going to happen in November. We have a statewide referendum on a constitutional amendment, that is not really a constitutional issue…SLOTS! If the referendum fails, what do you think they are going to do? I don’t think they are going to be doing any real cutting anytime soon. I would not be surprised if they up the taxes some more in 2009. And they’re out is going to be, “The people decided that they don’t want slots.”

If you want slots, I recommend you register to vote NOW and go out and vote, to hell with the weather. If you stay home because it’s raining, you have copped out of the process and have no right to complain. Especially since there have been people who have died then and now for your right to vote.

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Now back to our employees. This is continuing O’Malley arrogance that was discussed last year in a commentary by WBAL (1090AM) host Ron Smith. O’Malley’s piety came out in true form when I was watching WJZ-TV (Channel 13). The key statements in his ranting includes:

Governor, I have to ask if you are not doing it for the polls which involves many of the people that placed you into office, what are you doing it for? You’re predecessor, who you hate, Governor Robert Ehrlich (R) never had an approval rating below 50 percent and he made tough decisions. He raised fees, and he made the tough decision to veto laws that he felt were not right, knowing that the Democratic legislature was going to override him before the ink dried on his veto.

O’Malley, Busch and Senate President Thomas Mike Miller (D-Dist. 27) can spin these numbers however they want, but it will not make them look good, no matter how pious one tries to look.

When Virginia Governor Mark Warner (D) was trying to balance the budget, he did not put up the smoke screen of making a bi-partisan effort. As a matter of fact, he had to because the General Assembly was a Republican majority. But he made real cuts before he raised taxes. For O’Malley’s people to say that they made similar moves is an insult to Warner. O’Malley did not make any cuts, he did not make a true reach across party lines. He raised taxes, simple and plain.

Remember, this next year and remember this in 2010. O’Malley does not care about the people who put him into office as evidenced by his reaction to the three polls which said that he is not doing a good job.

P. Kenneth Burns is the editor/writer Maryland Politics Today and is a contributor to Red Maryland. He lives in Laurel, Prince George’s County. His email is kennyburns@maryland

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