This is just what Maryland’s new Governor, Larry Hogan, needs, isn’t it? Yet another loud mouthed Bozo screaming at him from the sidelines about what he should do.
Well, guess what? There’s not much a louder mouth when it comes to screaming than the one on yours truly – nor is there a bigger Bozo.
What have I got to lose, right?
Nothing. Not one damned thing.
But, the real question is “What does Larry Hogan have to lose?”
And, the answer to that question is anything and everything but nothing.
Seriously, did you see what the Democrats in the legislature have done to Larry Hogan since he gave what I believe was a relatively modest State of the State speech this past week? Oh, Doom and gloom – he’s talking about doom and gloom – or so inferred Senate President Mike Miller.
Good Lord, the Senate President went so far as to act all pouty and what-not. It was as if Mr. Hogan had personally urinated in his Wheaties ® or on his doughnuts or whatever he eats for breakfast, when all Hogan was doing was giving the next steps he views are needed in order to keep his campaign promises, and what Marylanders voted for.
And then, the Dems got a bit serious, well, “serious” in a ridiculously pouty, childish, “Take my ball and go home, crying” way. It wasn’t so much their brash rhetorical slings of how everything Mr. Hogan proposes will be either “shot down” or is “doomed to fail” or is “dead on arrival.” That’s political talk – and what else can you expect from a crowd whose lunch was just stolen from, and eaten in front of, them? What it WAS however, is that they are now holding up the new Governor’s Cabinet appointments.
Seriously, Mr. Senate President? Show a little dignity – if not for yourself, at least for the office you hold.
(Dignity? What’s that?)
But, if this is how the Democrats in the Legislature are ALREADY playing it, here’s what I think Governor Hogan should do:
Executive Order everything. What’s good for that idiot in the White House, the use of the Executive Order, is also good for Larry Hogan.
Here’s what the State of Maryland’s Secretary of State Page says about Maryland’s Executive Orders – and it’s the same thing that the Annotated Code of Maryland says:
The signed Executive Order is received from Governor’s Legislative Office. The Secretary of State’s signature is affixed, the State Seal is applied and two copies of the Executive Order are delivered to the Director of the Department of Legislative Services and two certified copies of the Executive Order are delivered to the Administrator of The Division of State Documents. Additional copies are distributed to Governor’s Staff members, Cabinet members and other state offices. All executive orders are published in the Maryland Register and those orders generally permanent in nature are compiled permanently in COMAR (Code of Maryland Regulations), under Title 01 Executive Department.”
That’s it. Read that – and then read it again. There’s nothing that says what an Executive Order can/can’t be about – so I think Larry Hogan should “Executive Order” everything in his platform. Everything. If the Dems are going to screw with you, screw them right back – Executive Order into oblivion those 40 tax increases you railed against while running for governor.
Hell, if you still want to play nice at present, paint the Democrats as being the obstructionists that they are, and then Executive Order the Rain Tax out of existence – as a warning shot that the Dems better get their asses in gear, or you’ll do that with EVERYTHING. As for me, I’d do it all in one fell swoop – and let the chips fall where they may. Again, there’s nothing in the code saying you can use Executive Orders that way but, – to my way of thinking, and far more importantly – there’s nothing in the code saying you CAN’T. There’s no better time to try it than right now. Again, what’s good for President What’s-His-Ass is good for Larry Hogan. Do it, and dare the Dems to stop you. And if, by chance, they are able to and do stop you, smile, shake your head and say, “I told you they were obstructionists.”
Unless, of course, Larry Hogan’s not serious about changing Maryland…
Lastly, I do understand the potential downfalls with taking on an effort such as this. Doing so would pretty much immediately make the office of the Governor into more like a mini-Kingship. He’d end up hearing from the libtards the same thing Obama hears from more conservative Americans: Hogan’s become a tyrant, etc. etc. etc.
But, at the very least, we’ll find out the true extent and power of Executive Orders in Maryland because, right now, no one seems to know.
Take the chance, Mr. Hogan. The Democrats in the legislature have just started their game to bring you down. Show them you won’t go down easy – and not without a fight. And, imagine the national press you’ll get from trying to do away with/doing away with 40 tax increases the Obama way – via Executive Order.