Maybe that’s why Baltimore City Mayor, the Obviously Brain Dead Stephanie Rawlings Blake, told the cops to “stand down” during those recent riots…
Maybe she knew that much of the costs for the damage done by the rioters would be paid for out of coffers not her or Baltimore city’s own.
Maybe she’s not quite so “brain dead” after all.
I pose that hypothesis because of the questions being raised over Maryland Governor Larry Hogan’s proposed use of Maryland’s “Rainy Day” funds in his proposal to cover costs incurred during those riots. If I may note, that’s “Rainy Day” funds, not “Riot Day” funds…but that small factor seems to matter not. Let’s just call it Governor Hogan’s “Riot Day Insurance.”
According to Ace reporter Bryan Sears of the Daily Record and, as also was reported by Cynthia Prairie at the Maryland Reporter (http://marylandreporter.com/2015/06/17/state-roundup-june-17-2015/), the State of Maryland is in for $20 million to cover costs as a result of the rioting which occurred during Rawlings Blake’s “stand down” order – and Hogan wants to transfer another $6 million into a “catastrophic event fund” to pay for future emergency needs.
What’s wrong with this picture?
What’s wrong with this picture is this: The rioting occurred and got particularly nasty and vicious after Rawlings Blake told the cops to “stand down.” Meaning, the rioters knew they’d be able to get away more or less willy-nilly with their own brand of urban renewal – meaning, it’s Baltimore’s problem, so let the city of Baltimore cover the costs. Period.
Hell, that makes far more sense than putting people in jurisdictions other than the city of Baltimore on the hook for helping cover that man-made disaster. I can’t imagine the good folks of Western Maryland or Harford County or the Eastern Shore give a royal damn about the rioting – other than the fact that they are on the hook for helping cover its costs.
But, no. We can’t have THAT – the jurisdiction in which this man-made disaster occurred – paying for it, now, can we?
(Insert “Riot Day” Funds – and yank that damned lever.)
Now, as everyone knows, the purported reasons for those riots was the in-police custody death of Freddie Gray. And, all hyperbole aside, I do expect at least two or three of those six police officers who have been indicted will one day soon be spending some quality time with their future cellmates, as a result of what happened to Freddie Gray. After all, a man’s wind pipe generally doesn’t crush itself. Nor does a man’s spine normally break itself.
It’s bad enough that Mr. and Mrs. Maryland Taxpayer from around the state are going to have to pony up the $20 million to pay for that “urban renewal” but, on top of THAT, Larry Hogan wants to yank another $6 million from the Riot Day – excuse me, I mean the Rainy Day – fund for future such “catastrophic events.”
Which begs the question: Does Larry Hogan know something the rest of us don’t?
Rhetorical question, there.