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.