Vote for Slots or …

… You’ll lose your house, your job and your children.

No, even Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley isn’t that brazen.  But he’s close.  While Barack Obama is running for President claiming to be the “element of change” and claiming that Democrats offer “the politics of hope”, O’Malley proves that Democrats are doing what they have always done in the modern age – practice the POLITICS OF FEAR.

In yesterday’s Baltimore Sun, O’Malley’s chief apologists outlined O’Malley’s argument that slots are needed or Marylanders will face severe budget cuts and a draconian reduction in state services – most notably in education, public safety and healthcare.  There is only one problem with O’Malley’s scenario.  It’s simply a political ploy.

Last week, O’Malley Watch predicted that this is EXACTLY what O’Malley would do; calling it O’Malley’s “October Surprise”.  O’Malley and his tax and spend cronies might even be forgiven this blatant attempt to sway Maryland voters EXCEPT that he has already established a record of this type of behavior.

Marylanders should not forget that this tactic has become merely part of Martin O’Malley’s political bag of tricks.  Have we forgotten last year’s “Doomsday scenario”?  O’Malley conned county and municipal governments into discussing “Doomsday budgets” while they shilled for O’Malley’s tax increases.

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Seldom a man of his word, O’Malley left local leaders like Wicomico County Executive Rick Pollitt holding the bag.  Pollitt and many of his colleagues around the state blatantly shilled for O’Malley’s plan to increase taxes after being promised that this would protect them from reductions in state aid to localities.

What happened?  O’Malley got his tax increase;  claimed a gaggle of (mostly bogus) spending cuts and then cut aid to these localities anyway.  Forget the policy and philosophical arguments.  If county and municipal leaders shill for O’Malley again they should be run out of office on grounds of terminal stupidity.  You know the old saying, “Fool me once, shame on you.  Fool me twice, shame on me.”

Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot, hardly a bastion of conservatism, has hit the nail right on the head:

“As we are managing our way through this deficit, we should not be encouraging our citizens to vote for more spending,” Franchot said in an interview. “Citizens are scared about their IRAs, college savings plans, their jobs and the economy. Those fears should not be taken advantage of.”

Taking advantage of people’s fears – that’s a tactic that Martin O’Malley (and far too many Democrats like him) have mastered beyond reproach.

cross posted at Delmarva Dealings

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