Waste of the Week: Solomon’s Lodge #121 Ancient Free and Accepted Masons
Let’s go to Howard County where their entire delegation is promoting a meager $19,000 in new waste spending in SB0612/HB0656. This would propose the funds to grant a loan to another Freemason organization – the Solomon’s Lodge #121 Ancient Free and Accepted Masons. Delegates in Baltimore City are already asking for $300,000 for a different Freemason lodge there. If I were a conspiratorial man, I’d smell a conspiracy. I’m not – all I smell is pork from all this wasteful spending.
The Lodge (link) is another Freemason lodge. This one has a 150 year history with the state chartered part of the Grand Lodge of Maryland. This would help fund repairs at the lodge. But, I have to ask – is it the State’s responsibility to do so and, since it’s not, why is the state promoting this specific fraternal organization? As I mentioned in my previous waste profile on the Scottish Rite Temple in Baltimore City:
Is it the goal of the State of Maryland to expand the positive image of Freemasonry? Is it the goal of Maryland to enhance the long term success of this Fraternal order? Does the State have a vested interest in furthering education in Masonic knowledge? If you answered “No” to all of those questions, as I did, you have to ask yourself – why are we loaning them money to do the repairs of their Temple in the City of Baltimore? Good question.
It may be a smaller sum of money – but how is this any different? Is this really the goal of the state? Absolutely not. All this does is it lets the Howard County Delegation walk over to a ribbon cutting one day and say, “I helped here, vote for me.” Yup, they helped – by putting the state further in debt.
Now, I know this isn’t a lot of money. This is much smaller than the other ones I’ve profiled before. That makes it even worse, in many ways. It’s such a small quantity – that the entire Howard County Delegation is composed of 12 people. If each of them raised $1,000 individually with fundraising, the organization would be well on it’s way to meeting this goal without the need to put the State further in debt. Think about it.
For that set of reasons and the continued debt our state carries, these bills are this week’s “Waste of the Week.”
Congratulations to the entire delegation from Howard County for wanting to put the state further in debt to buy votes!
Feel free to submit your suggestions in the comments section of wasteful spending in Maryland.