The news about Maryland's rather disastrous economy is not at all surprising ("Maryland sees one of nation's largest job declines in July," Aug. 18).
For almost eight years, Gov. Martin O'Malley and Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown have orchestrated the devastation of the Maryland private sector including the loss of the bulk of our Fortune 500 companies and thousands of small businesses, the Draconian increases in state taxes and fees while average personal income has significantly decreased, the dramatically expanded regulation of commercial activities by incompetent bureaucrats who administer programs that mostly are counterproductive and/or senseless, the departure from Maryland of thousands of high-income citizens seeking employment and entrepreneurial opportunities widely available elsewhere, and a growing disconnect between education and employment.
The continuing devastation of our private sector had been somewhat disguised by Maryland's "high share of federal employment and contracting."
But the astronomical federal deficit that has been funding this welfare for the relatively rich is now generally regarded as disgraceful, and Washington's resultant "belt tightening" has uncovered the disguise.
Some argue that Maryland's recovery from this war on our private sector is likely not possible. They are correct if the November election results in the perpetuation of the O'Malley/Brown approach.
But thank God, there is an excellent November alternative. Republican candidates Larry Hogan and Boyd Rutherford are both private sector all-stars and also have high level Maryland state government administrative experience. These experts in economic, business and employment development seem to be just what Maryland needs.
Barry C. Steel, Phoenix
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