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Do you want to save our state? Not your state, not my state, but our state. Your child’s education, the value of your home, the quality of our hospitals and, correspondingly, your health, are not Democratic or Republican concerns. They are our concerns. A party label does not make Maryland any less my home than yours.
If you want to save this beautiful place, blessed by the Creator with natural gifts too numerous to count, then it is time to get serious. Action matters. In case you have failed to notice, we are losing people. The tax-and-spend opponents of common sense are acting while we are talking. Maryland is suffering from an exodus of its citizens. When asked why they are leaving, the most common answer is, “you can’t do business here.” These are IRS statistics, not my opinion. In fact, these IRS statistics were so damaging to the tax-and-spend crowds in states such as Maryland, California and New York, that the IRS simply stopped publicly reporting the data.
Taxes are a fact of life: police, fire, a corruption-free court system– but when is enough, enough? We have suffered through six years of tax and fee hikes from Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley, with the promise of a balanced budget. It has not happened. He continues to play budget games by shifting money from dedicated funding streams such as our transportation fund and then borrows money to replace it. As if this brazen scheme wasn’t enough, he is now pushing for more tax hikes, all while spending billions more of our tax money than when he took office. How many times can phony politicians meme the words “roads and bridges” and “balanced budgets” with nothing to show for it, before even the most ardent supporters begin to cringe in disbelief? When Republican Governor Robert Ehrlich left office in 2007 his total budget was $28.7 billion, now we are spending $37.3 billion. I am not a mathematician, but I am confident that $37.3 billion is $8.6 billion more dollars than 28.7 billion dollars.
While we suffer from an ever-increasing tax load, and Marylanders continue to flee the state, Texas and Indiana have record budget surpluses and are actually refunding taxpayer money back to their citizens. The influx of people to these states, choosing to live there rather than high-tax states like Maryland, New York and California, have options. They have the money and growing economies to deal with the problems they face in their state and we do not, and it is only getting worse. Economist Herb Stein once said, “If something cannot go on forever, it will stop.” This pattern of taking our money, spending more than taken in, and then lying about it, cannot go on. The unfortunate irony is that the supporters of the big government that suffocates cannot continue their grand plans without raiding the pantries of business owners and their employees who are refusing to comply and speaking with their moving vans.
The Democratic Party has chosen to invest millions into Texas, getting out ahead of its growing, national electoral-power. I write about this because the fight is here, the fight is now. There is no running from it. Tax and spend, fraudulent “public servants” and their interest groups, bent on bankruptcy, will follow you everywhere. Stand your ground, cede not another inch, fight here or rue the day you abdicated your responsibility and allowed your state to slowly wither away. You owe it to your country and your children. Stand proudly and tell your friends, neighbors and family that today is the day we stop stealing from our children and save our state.
Tags: budget, business, citizens, Democrat, Democratic Party, exodus, leaving, Maryland, Republican, state
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