O’Malley Budget Without Tax Hikes

We’ve heard it all before.  Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley is claiming that his last budget will forego tax hikes and reduce the overall size of state government.  Does anyone, including the sycophantic media carrying O’Malley’s water, really believe it?

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Maryland Board of Elections Cries Foul

What happens when the powers that be don’t want to bother with the niceties of an election but would rather proceed directly to a coronation?  You ignore the law and all appearances of propriety.  At least that is the case when Maryland elections chief, and O’Malley / Brown ally, Linda Lamone decides to issue a ruling allowing Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown’s campaign to raise money during the 2014 General Assembly session.

In theory, Lamone works for the State Board of Elections.  Unfortunately for the people of Maryland, Lamone seems to thing that the board’s only purpose is to rubber stamp her actions.  Such was the recent case where Lamone chose to bypass the Attorney General’s office in seeking an opinion as to whether Brown’s running mate, Howard County Executive Ken Ulman could raise money for the Brown / Ulman ticket while Brown is expressly prohibited from doing so.  Lamone then issued a ruling without bothering to consult the board – the people she supposedly reports to.  Glynis Kazanjian, at Maryland Reporter, details Lamone’s actions and the reaction of one courageous board member.

Why bother with elections when bureaucrats can rule our lives?

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Beggars of the Shore

With the Maryland General Assembly in session, rural Maryland is once again preparing itself to raped and pillaged.  Expect our taxes to be increased – yes, even in an election year – and yet more of our individual and corporate liberty to be taken away.  What can we do?  One option is to follow the advice of Salisbury’s Daily Times and become sycophants and beggars.

In today’s editorial we are encouraged to drop our collective pants and take it with a metaphorical smile:

… What’s needed is persistence, public relations strategy and a reasonable amount of patience. In addition, Shore delegates and senators need to step up their efforts to find common ground with their counterparts from more populous areas of the state.

One hindrance to progress is that Shore legislators sometimes find it easier to preach to their local choir about the wrongheadedness of Annapolis (and Washington) rather than roll up their sleeves and make incremental progress on very complex issues. As a result, local voters often re-elect officials who speak their language on key issues, but don’t necessarily get better results. …

Translation:  We need to suck up to the Annapolis ruling class so that they will only take away 90% of the money and property that they were otherwise planning to.  We need to become MORE, not less, dependent on Annapolis.  We need to beg to keep SOME of what is already ours by right.

Expect to hear more of this vein in the coming months as the Daily Times prepares the case to re-elect the likes of Del. Norm Conway (D-38B), Sen. Jim Mathias (D-38), Wicomico County Executive Rick Pollitt (D), Wicomico Councilman Matt Holloway (R), and Wicomico Councilman John Hall (R).

Imagine if we were living in 1776.  Following their logic we should not have stood up against the British crown.  We should have accepted whatever tyranny came from London and hope that we could retain a tiny bit more of our lives, liberty, and property by “building relationships” and “working with the King’s government” as they continued to take what is ours.

By the logic of Michael Killian and his minions at the Daily Tory, Patrick Henry was wrong and the members of the Continental Congress weren’t accomplishing anything because they stood up for what was right rather than what was expedient.

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Kilmer Files for County Council Seat

SALISBURY, MD – It didn’t take long for someone to file to replace Wicomico councilwoman Stevie Prettyman.  Scholar and local conservative activist Marc Kilmer has filed to seek the Republican nomination for the District 2 council seat currently held by the four term incumbent.

Kilmer, a Senior Fellow at the Maryland Public Policy Institute, is a former U.S. Senate staffer, former president of the Wicomico County Republican Club and served as a member of the county’s charter review commission.  A graduate of Hillsdale College, Kilmer lives on Nanticoke Road with his wife Melissa and two young children.

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