The contrast in attitudes was well exemplified when Texas Gov. Rick Perry paid Maryland a visit in an attempt to recruit its companies away to what he paints as a pro-business paradise. It's a trick he's pulled in a few other states, but by dint of Maryland's proximity to Washington and its cable TV news studios, he wound up this time in a debate with Governor O'Malley on CNN's Crossfire. The most enlightening hour of television it was not, but the encounter did nicely illuminate the philosophy Maryland has followed, particularly during the O'Malley years. Rather than pursuing the low-tax, light-regulation model embodied by Governor Perry's Texas, Maryland has operated under the assumption that the state can prosper by providing high-quality public services — education, transportation, health care and environmental protection — and asking its residents to pay for them.