Governor Martin O’Malley has really done it this time. Not only has he used Obama’s stimulus slush fund as an excuse to raid the state’s transportation fund resulting in massive budget deficits. Not only has he chased businesses and hundreds of jobs out of the state with his abhorrent tax policies. Not only is he making gasoline and alcohol more expensive. Not only has he hamstrung rural Maryland economies with his United Nations approved, junk-science “sustainable development” PlanFairyland.
This time he has gone too far. His power and money grabbing policies have now placed Maryland at risk of losing a distinguished resident of the (not so) Free State. I’m speaking of the independent journalist and blogger Robert Stacy McCain, who may leave Maryland thanks to Marty’s recent plan to tax internet sales (on which McCain relies for a substantial piece of his income).
My friend Jeff Quinton at QuintonReport.com alerted me to this outrage and got an Instalanche out of it. And this could be the last staw for me.
I’ve lived in Maryland more than 14 years, ever since I moved up here to work at The Washington Times in November 1997. My friends have often asked, “Why Maryland? Their taxes are so high. You should move to Virginia.” And there was always a reason, or at least a plausible excuse.
For years, the commute to the Times office on New York Avenue, and the availability of a more direct bus/rail connection than could be found in Virginia, was the best argument to stay in Maryland. Then our daughter enrolled at Highland View Academy here in Hagerstown, and we moved into faculty housing on campus, where my wife subsequently became the food service director or, as she prefers to call herself, The Cafeteria Lady.
Frankly, however, the best argument for staying in Maryland now is inertia. We’ve lived in this house for seven years, and the mere thought of having to pack everything into a moving truck — my office library alone would take days to pack — is enough to give me a headache.
Nevertheless, O’Malley’s lamebrain Internet tax might make me do it. Because in all likelihood, as we witnessed in California last year, if the state tries to tax online sales, Amazon will pull out, and I need that Amazon money.
O’Malley has been doing to Maryland what O’bama has been doing to the whole country for the last three years.
I don’t want Stacy McCain to leave Maryland. Maryland needs people like him. We’re organizing in Maryland and we will defeat the Democrat machine in Annapolis. It won’t be tomorrow or next week, but it will happen. The Maryland Conservative Action Network, The Maryland Society of Patriots, Constitutional Conservatives for Maryland, Conservative Victory Maryland, Election Integrity Maryland…the list goes on.
We’re getting our act together. We’ve got great candidates like Dan Bongino and Kathy Afzali running for seats in Washington and activists and PACs preparing for battle.
Now is when Maryland really needs Robert Stacy McCain.
Senator Ben Cardin has found his date to the congressional prom. The announcement came today via Twitter that his date for the evening will be Mississippi Republican Senator Roger Wicker. I’m sure Ben is clumsily picking out a corsage and/or washing his dad’s car as I type this. No word on where the happy couple’s dinner reservations were made for the evening. The conversation will undoubtedly be about whether this is the night Roscoe Bartlett finally scores with Nancy Pelosi.
As you probably recall, the State of the Union became Prom Night in Congress last year in order to help perpetuate the Democrat/mainstream media narrative that overheated political rhetoric is what made a mentally ill person snap and shoot up a crowd of people including Congresswoman Giffords. The idea was for Congressmen and Senators to sit across the aisle with members of the other party to pretend they’re unified for the good of the country for an hour or two. (See Caleb Howe’s RedState post from last year for more.) Then they can applaud in a bipartisan fashion when the President blames all the country’s ills on Republicans. It’s very much like the Democrat’s’ version of Dinner for Schmucks
Hey, Senator Cardin, instead of phony baloney political stunts maybe you could show your bipartisan spirit by standing up to your boss, Harry Reid, and telling him to let the Senate vote on some Republican bills. Or how about actually doing something like…I don’t know…PROPOSING A BUDGET? (I believe we just passed the 1000-days-without-a-budget-mark.)
As for Senator Wicker, he’s probably a very qualified Republican Senator in that he’s a disappointment.