Maryland: The Welfare State

Maryland Democratic officials have learned a new trick.  No longer content with simply shaking hands, they have learned-very quickly-how to beg. 

Governor O’Malley is in Washington today lobbying to keep a $4 billion cash infusion from the Federal government in the stimulus package.  After muscling through unprecedented tax increases and bloating the budget with spending, the governor has turned to the welfare dole as the solution for his political problems.  O’Malley’s spending blitz has left the state in bad economic shape, and the Federal injection of these stimulus dollars in the state’s bloodstream is-at best-only a temporary fix.  Rather than emulate President Barack Obama and own up to his mistakes, there will be no admission of “I screwed up” from Governor O’Malley’s lips as long as the American taxpayer can bail him out. 

O’Malley may well scrounge enough money from the Federal government to prevent the budget crisis from hampering his re-election chances in 2010; but come 2011 we will be right back where we started the session this January-in a serious financial crisis. 

 We teach our children that avoiding procrastination is a virtue.  It sure doesn’t seem to be one in Governor O’Malley’s Maryland.

2 thoughts on “Maryland: The Welfare State

  1. It would be better for the federal stimulus to lack guidance about our state’s needs? Better that the money be directed to social programs in other states than in our own?


  2. I bet O’Malley and other sanctuary-state governors like him were pushing to have E-Verify stripped from the stimulus bill. A pretty good chunk of the money is now sure to end up in the hands of Illegals, who send most of it back across the border. So, in effect, we are taking that money right out of our economy, instead of helping it by having it spread around in the United States, like it should.

    When I read the news about states that border Maryland getting tough on illegals, I know they are all just gonna scurry on over to our neighborhoods by the thousands, effectively removing more money from our local economy.

    Virginia –

    Virginia AG and ICE team up to Combat Illegal Immigration
    Wednesday, November 19, 2008, 2:53 PM

    A joint effort between state and federal officials has resulted in the deportation of violent sex offenders who were also identified as illegal aliens in Virginia. “Operation Cold Play” allowed U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials to place 171 convicted alien sex offenders into deportation proceedings.

    Another Va. City To Check Immigration Status
    Monday, November 3, 2008, 5:17 PM

    Following in the footsteps of Prince William County, Va., all persons arrested for violations of local or State law by the Manassas Police Department will have their immigration status checked beginning on Dec. 1. Officers also will be allowed to investigate the status of persons who are “lawfully detained” for local or State violations if they have “probable cause.” All City police officers will be trained on the new policy and procedures, according to the Washington Post.

    Manassas intends to conduct post-arrest status checks and turn over anyone illegally present to the sitting ICE operation at the regional jail, which it shares with Prince William County. The City had already been running immigration checks on those accused of more serious crimes since July.
    Immigration Reduction Champion Wins “Mayor of the Year” Award
    Tuesday, July 22, 2008, 3:24 PM

    Hazelton Mayor Lou Barletta, a hero to many across the country for his leadership in combating illegal immigration at the local level, has been named “Mayor of the Year” by the Pennsylvania State Mayors Association. This honor from his Pennsylvania peers is particularly rewarding in light of the way open-borders members of the media have tried to disparage his good character and reputation.

    At least one Maryland county is trying to emulate a couple of it’s Virginia border counties:

    Montgomery County, Md. Proposes Changes to Immigration Policy

    In the News – Wednesday, January 7, 2009
    A proposal, developed by Montgomery County Police Chief Thomas Manger, asks for the approval to question suspects, arrested of violent crimes and weapons offenses, about their immigration status, a complete reversal in a county where government officials, for years, refused to do so even when neighboring jurisdictions adopted the practice.
    By Joe Slaninka – Montgomery (Md.) County Sentinel

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