12:45 PM EDT, March 12, 2013
Once again, the Maryland General Assembly, in concert with Gov. Martin O'Malley, demonstrates its total lack of regard and disdain in representing the citizens of Maryland. "One Maryland," as the Governor O'Malley likes to call it, appears to refer only to the views of Prince George's and Montgomery counties and Baltimore City. Notice how blocks of votes are put together in order to advance the agenda of the governor, his political "machine" or these jurisdictions, no matter how the rest of the state weighs in?
One need only look to recent Sun polls on totally abolishing the death penalty or raising gas taxes to illustrate this. A majority of Maryland citizens oppose both proposals. We want spending constrained by revenues, not revenues expanded to accommodate even more spending. We want the death penalty enforced and used where appropriate, not deemed ineffective because it's not used or effectively abolished due to politically motivated, administrative restrictions on the way to carry it out. These are all meant to thwart the will of the citizen majority, instead bowing to special interests, money, politically motivated organizations and even more money.
Thanks to legislative district gerrymandering, stacking the membership on various committees to ensure outcomes and courting (bribing) only the votes from Prince George's and Montgomery counties and Baltimore City, this agenda is carried out time and time again. These jurisdictions' representatives consistently vote totally opposite the entire rest of the state! Has the District of Columbia been annexed by Maryland? How about the other 21 counties?
It's apparent that most elected officials regard their party politics, Democratic or Republican, and the money and organization they bring as much more important than the individual taxpayer who they promise they will represent, at least until the first roll call.
Just look at how much money is solicited for and spent on landing what is supposed to be a position of public service. It has evolved into positions of self-proclaimed entitlement, positions above the law or exempt from laws these elected representatives themselves enact, positions of massive egos eclipsing the size of the sun, and people prostituting themselves each and every day for money to get into or sustain the game. This is a game the taxpayer funds, is allowed to watch, but can never win, proclaim a draw, or even know the rules. Ordinary citizens are completely discounted. Only those playing in the game are heard.
It is time for a new system. This one only serves itself and the sold out pawns who have given in to it. But then this is only my opinion. Anyone else with me?
Lori Watchinsky, Fallston
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