DRIVING IT HOME
Jayne Miller’s juicy WBAL TV I-Team investigative report revealing the $3.9 million Maryland taxpayer dollars spent on state employees’ “take-home vehicles” drives home an important message: “Make it stop, let it end.” (Lyrics from Rise Against’s Endgamealbum released May 30, 2011.)
It’s all legal and necessary, of course, under the Maryland code of canoodling. State Treasurer Kopp said questions may come from the report, given the tight budget and recent raise in taxes. Kopp not only gets a car, she gets a driver, too. Surely, there’s justification for the more than a dozen state employees working at BWI TMA who have “take-home vehicles” only used only to commute to the airport. After all, two of the employees—the parking manager and building manager— used the vehicles four times each last year. We’re lucky they don’t have take-home planes and helicopters.
Are Marylanders safer because Maryland State Police civilian employees have take-home vehicles?
You gotta work at the Maryland Lottery to win one of the nearly six dozen take-home vehicles.
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Too bad the Health Department’s 62 “take-home” cars aren’t used as first responder vehicles to treat Blue State Disease, Democratic Disorder, and Liberal Lesions.
“Children” in the Nanny Blue State won’t have an opportunity to make this stuff stop until Election Day, November 4, 2014, and most likely, the Democrats will remain in power.
This story may quickly go “down the memory hole”, as Ron often said, but it’s a good bet that potential gubernatorial candidates will put the issue on their party platforms.
And by the time the 2014 Maryland primary rolls around, this will be spun as a job creation program. Hey, somebody has to check the oil and pump the gas into those 1,250+ vehicles, whether they are a requirement for a job or not. Then it becomes an economic stimulus.
See how easy it is to make a U-Turn? Especially when you’re in power and have a car anda driver.
June Smith is the widow of Ron Smith, WBAL Talk Show Host, Emmy® Award winner, and Baltimore Sun columnist, who was a media titan in Maryland area and beyond for almost forty years. Her tribute website, founded in his memory, is www.friendsofronsmith.com. She is working diligently to raise one million dollars for the Ron Smith Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund at Johns Hopkins. Her email is firstname.lastname@example.org.