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Voters should make Democrats pay for their profligacy in 2014

3:00 PM EDT, May 18, 2012

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Maryland Senate President Mike Miller and House Speaker Michael Busch, both Democrats, have now rubber-stamped Gov. Martin O'Malley's historic tax increases on Maryland families, even though Maryland's continued economic suffering and out-of-control government are direct results of their party's continued dominance in Annapolis ("O'Malley faces political risks of tax increases," May 17).

Businesses are fleeing Maryland for Delaware, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia because they cannot afford the taxes, regulations and the state's unfriendly attitude toward job creators.

Democrats in Annapolis have pushed through four big increases that have raised taxes by at least 18 percent during the past five years, even as many Marylanders remain unemployed or underemployed or have had to settle for lower-paying jobs that bring home smaller paychecks.

At the same time, Marylanders have seen the value of their homes continue to decline. We need a change in Annapolis.

Elections have consequences, and if people are dissatisfied with Mr. O'Malley they should vote his fellow Democrats out of office.

Al Eisner, Silver Spring