It’s funny, but a few years ago, back during my first foray into blogging, I once wrote that I would never blog about Bob Ehrlich again, unless he did something stupid. Well, that must have sent Bobby over the edge because he almost immediately began ringing the stupid-o-meter on a nearly daily basis for a few weeks. Just recently, although I didn’t write it, I told myself I would never blog about Red Maryland again with the same caveat. Well, guess what…
This morning, I awoke and considered writing a piece on my take on the whole “House of Cards” Tax Credit nonsense which has seemingly become the only issue to write about these days. And, I read a few pieces, including this one penned by Red Maryland’s Mark Newgent: http://redmaryland.blogspot.com/2014/03/lights-camera-corporate-welfare.html
In his piece, Newgent calls out Gubernatorial Candidate Ron George by saying, “However, Ron George, one of the Republicans who, actually walks the walk in Annapolis, voicing support for these subsidies is surprising.” Newgent goes onto to rub it into the faces of both Ron George and David Craig’s LG candidate, Jeannie Haddaway by further writing, “It’s rare that you’ll find a Republican legislator (Ron George) willing to call out those who are, at least ostensibly on their side. I hope Ron and Jeannie (Haddaway) reconsider their support for this clear case of corporate welfare.”
And, now a quote from a completely different angle.
To quote Seinfeld’s George Costanza, “Sometimes in life, the gods smile upon you, my friends….” Indeed, they do, George. Indeed, they do.
Based upon what Newgent wrote about Ron George supporting the tax credits for “House of Cards,” I emailed Ron George this morning and asked him why he was supporting them. Ron quickly responded by writing, “What? I am not for this.”
(And, Underwood Tells Red MD to “Turn up the nastiness…and accuracy be damned!”)
A few hours later, Ron George got back to me with his official answer. And, here it is, verbatim and in full…
“There is a litmus test I made when voting on tax credits.
Of course my first choice is to lower all business taxes. It drives me crazy that the liberal dems go gaga over some actor and start saying a lower tax will stimulate growth but they won’t give a break to the local businesses.
My test is simply:
1st: given our states high taxes will this be a credit that will generate growth in a industry which is stagnant because of our high rates and will the industry grow on its own after that.
2nd: is it a credit given to one business but not to others in the same industry and if so, why is that: Is it because of donations given to elected officials? (Crony capitalism) This is a big NO vote for me. Note I have been uncovering for two years and arguing that Maximus gave big donations to O’Malley and the DGA right after getting the contract for the health care rollout because O’Malley chose them out of ten companies without a procurement process. That is wrong.
I did support the film tax credit the first time as it was meant for the entire film industry and not just one company and was a small test to see if it would work. It has not.
This time they are back asking for much more and, as I told the press, I do not believe they have shown how this is attracting the industry and generating growth on its own. They also have made no attempt to locate here and establish more growth, AND I feel local businesses deserve a break 1st. It is not our job to tax locals in order to help companies located elsewhere.
I was asked by the press to come to say a comment. I went to Red Red Wine (my Jewelery store is three doors up) spoke to the press, stuck my head in and left after one beer. i watched it as an anthropology project…It was sickening to see the gaga attitudes of liberals who won’t cut a break for the local business guy. I told the press I will listen to what they have to say as I do on all issues pro or con. But It was too hokey a gathering so I left after a quick draft beer.
Larry Hogan’s marionettes at Red Maryland imply I support it and never asked. I do not see stats that support this increase and this credit. I am one big reason it has been held up in my committee. It is a shame that Red Maryland has lost their credibility. A credible news person would have asked me. But then Hogan won’t even debate me.”
“Larry Hogan’s marionettes” have imp-LIED that Ron George supports the “House of Cards” tax credits and have accused him of “voicing support for these subsidies.” And, they never once spoke with him about it.
Talk about living in their own “House of Cards.” Indeed.