Contrary to the emotional blackmail some leftists are attempting to peddle, Baltimore is not America’s problem or shame. That failed city is solely and completely a Democrat problem. Like many failed cities, Detroit comes to mind, and every city besieged recently by rioting, Democrats and their union pals have had carte blanche to inflict their ideas and policies on Baltimore since 1967, the last time there was a Republican Mayor.In 2012, after four years of his own failed policies, President Obama won a whopping 87.4% of the Baltimore City vote. Democrats run the city of Baltimore, the unions, the schools, and, yes, the police force. Since 1969, there have only been only been two Republican governors of the State of Maryland.Elijah Cummings has represented Baltimore in the U.S. Congress for more than thirty years. As I write this, despite his objectively disastrous reign, the Democrat-infested mainstream media is treating the Democrat like a local folk hero, not the obvious and glaring failure he really is.Every single member of the Baltimore city council is a Democrat.Liberalism and all the toxic government dependence and cronyism and union corruption and failed schools that comes along with it, has run amok in Baltimore for a half-century, and that is Baltimore’s problem. It is the free people of Baltimore who elect and then re-elect those who institute policies that have so spectacularly failed that once-great city. It is the free people of Baltimore who elected Mayor Room-To-Destroy.You can call the arson and looting and violence we are seeing on our television screens, rioting. That’s one way to describe the chaos. Another way to describe it is Democrat infighting. This is blue-on-blue violence. The thugs using the suspicious death of Freddie Gray (at the hands of a Democrat-led police department) to justify the looting that updates their home entertainment systems, are Democrats protesting Democrat leaders and Democrat policies in a Democrat-run city.Poverty has nothing to do with it. This madness and chaos and anarchy is a Democrat-driven culture that starts at the top with a racially-divisive White House heartbreakingly effective at ginning up hate and violence.Where I currently reside here in Watauga County, North Carolina, the poverty level is 31.3%. Median income is only $34,293. In both of those areas we are much worse off than Baltimore, that has a poverty rate of only 23.8% and a median income of $41,385.Despite all that, we don’t riot here in Watauga County. Thankfully, we have not been poisoned by the same left-wing culture that is rotting Baltimore, and so many other cities like it, from the inside out. We get along remarkably well. We are neighbors. We are people who help out one another. We take pride in our community, and are grateful for what we do have. We are far from perfect, but we work out our many differences in civilized ways. Solutions are our goal, not cronyism, narcissistic victimhood, and the blaming of others.One attitude we don’t have here is the soul-killing belief that somebody owes us something, which, of course, is a recipe for discontent. Because if you’re not getting what’s owed to you, how can you be anything but angry?Democrats and their never-ending grievance campaigns; their never-ending propaganda that government largess is the answer; their never-ending caves to corrupt unions; their never-ending warehousing of innocent children in failed public schools — that’s a Democrat problem, not America’s problem.I might believe Baltimore was an American problem if the city was interested in new ideas and a new direction under new leaders. But we all know that will never happen. After Democrat policies result in despair and anarchy, Democrats always demand more of the same, only bigger.And the media goes right along.And things only get worse.
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Currently in the Maryland Senate there is debate over the same-sex marriage bill that was recently passed by the Maryland House of Delegates. It is likely to pass and then be signed into law by Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley (D).
The issue of legalizing same-sex marriage has gained tremendous momentum in the United States over the last 10 years. The acceptance of more open discussion of homosexuality has – in large part – been due to the rapid change in an ever-evolving media culture that allows for freer expression and celebrating life outside the norms of society.
Those who don’t embrace the homosexual lifestyle, but accept or tolerate it, are a majority of our society. The societal norm for couples is and will always be defined as a woman and a man. For those who won’t – or don’t want to – accept the gay lifestyle as the norm do so because they believe homosexuality to be unnatural or abhorrent.
The left, which flexes its might through bullying tactics, treats those with traditional values as “out of step” with society. They deride these same people as “homophobic” – a term, if defined properly, would mean fear of the same – or afraid of homosexuality. Those who don’t tolerate homosexuality are not afraid of anything; they either have religious convictions or personal belief that it is an immoral act. Because they hold these beliefs does not make them bigots.
In the United States there are estimated to be well over 11 million illegal immigrants – this number would be much higher if it weren’t for a faltering economy. Attempts at curbing the tide of immigration and even deporting those here illegally comes at a price for those supporting deportation. The left, which benefits by the presence of illegal immigrants, will frequently and unhesitatingly intimidate those who disagree with them.
They attempt to intimidate opponents by claiming racism. But aren’t all men and women from the same race – the human race?
Not much needs to be said by me. Hit the link.
At a time of difficult trade offs and decisions. We are all integral parts in our overall progress. There are not easy decisions. We must depend on the truth in our own hearts. There is something that stirs with each of us. When we talk to a family who has a job, who has saved their home from foreclosure, it is the same feeling we all saw in the eyes of native children. These children were native Marylanders and recognized for the first time in 380 years. There are many who will ask why the long time?
May the choices we make for human dignity, for jobs, for the generations that count on ours for a better future.
This state was founded on freedom of choice and conscience. Children of gay couples should have the same rights for marriage as the children for traditional marriage. Maryland will not force religious organizations to marry couples that are against their beliefs. It is time to pass civil marriage equal rights under the law.
We are going to be submitting 700 pages of rules and regulations for reform or removal. This government has settled with excelon. They will build a new gas fired power plant. They will create 6k new jobs. Maryland is looking at more green projects. Large scale housing septic developments cause more than 6 times the pollution into the bay than sewage. The septic task force has presented a plan that will help solve this issue.
This is a jobs budget. 52k jobs for modern schools, infrastructure. We must bear these costs for our state’s future. This budget invest in 78k teaching jobs, 11k jobs of building real classrooms, 19k record procurement, 7k jobs from venture capital jobs, Various jobs related to building various infrastructure projects all over the state. Areas covered are law enforcement, higher education, utility, healthcare, utilities. These must be balanced with cuts, revenue, and partnerships. We have relied almost entirely on cuts. With 84% dedicated to education and public safety, cuts are nearing the end. Revenues must be raised.
Pensions should be aligned with other states. Maryland is proposing a 50/50 split for teacher pensions between state and counties. How much less public safety and education are we willing to accept? Green upgrades have greatly helped the bay. The flush tax should be reworked to a fee based system based on usage.
Transportation funding needs to be increased. Our traffic is some of the worst in the nation. Gasoline is our primary transporation revenue. Tax is still 20 cents from 1992. if we settle for 1992 tax rate we will have to settle for 1992 infrastructure. Best way to fund current costs is to repeal the sales tax exemption at 2% per year. Nobody is going to do this for us..we must do it.
College is more affordable and healthcare is more affordable. Maryland is number 1 in the nation for the 4th year in a row. Teachers have been the driving force of this performance. Colleges are graduation 19% more students than last year. Failing to invest in out future is not a wise choice.
Nothing more important for family security is a job. State of state is strong on jobs. Moving into new era of job creation from Bush era recession. Maryland in the lead by harnessing education, making higher education more affordable, modernizing infrastructure. More Marylanders are working this year than last. Small Business are also moving to Maryland with the support of various state gov’t programs. Home foreclosures are down due the state’s hope hotline. This hotline saved a daycare form foreclosure as an example. Investing in one stop centers has helped citizens retrain into new fields that has led to new jobs for citizens.
Unemployment is still to high. Good enough is not the way. Shortsighted choices have undercapitilized our busineses. Last year good choices hae allowed maryland to create more jobs at a faster pace than Virginia. Maryland has a AAA bond rating form all three bond agencies.
College is more affordable and healthcare is more affordable.
He thanks God for our people and state beauty and for our armed forces and their and their families sacrifices.
Thanks legislative leaders for their work at all levels. Thanks law enforcement for lowest crime in 30 years. Thanks foreign visitors and state cabinet for their attendance and in the case of the cabinet for their good work so far.
Gov. O’Malley is now at the head of the chamber to begin his address.
Tax Increases, Same-Sex Marriage, “Green Wind Energy”, Shifting Teacher Pensions, Job Creation.
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