I haven’t blogged in quite a while, I know. The main reason for my lack of blogging isn’t because I haven’t had things to say – far from it. The reason for my lack of blogging is due to the fact I’ve been furiously working on a piece of writing, my 4th novel (with my 3rd novel set to be published late this month), for which I chance getting paid some fairly decent compensation, and I hate cross-writing, form one genre (fiction) to another (political commentary). But some things, well, you just can’t let them go without comment. This is one of those things.
The MD legislature and the Governor’s office celebrated Sine Die last night, to celebrate the drawing to a close the 2016 legislative session. This will likely be the last Sine Die I blow off for a while, for a couple of personal reasons.
And, while those jokers in Annapolis, are backslapping one another for another screw-job having been perpetrated against Maryland’s citizenry, what do we have to show for their efforts?
Well, to begin with, Concealed Carry is still a relative “no-no” in Maryland, thanks to the strong showing of gutlessness offered by the Governor’s office. And, Larry, if you’re reading this….this ain’t rocket science bud: If anyone who wants a gun can carry a gun, and no one knows who happens to be packing heat, crime rates drop. Period.
Speaking of Governor Larry, have you seen what his campaign group, Change Maryland, has put out? The little meme bragging about the fact that there have been no tax increases for two consecutive years? Does this mean we may expect a tax increase next year? Whatever it may mean, not increasing taxes is NOT an accomplishment. Cutting and/or abolishing taxes IS an accomplishment. No income taxes were cut this past session, meaning the Maryland tax payer is getting screwed just as hard as ever.
Common core, that toilet bowl-ish excess being thrust down our kid’s throats in school is still around, too. It should have been bounced from the classrooms statewide. The fact that it hasn’t been is nothing short of a disgrace.
Speaking of disgraces, there is the budget that just passed. Here, you have Governor Larry showing off a video of him chopping a block of wood in half, but did he chop the budget at all – even in the least? Hell, no, he didn’t. In fact, he increased the budget 4%. For a guy who ran against Martin O’Malley’s record as a high taxer and big spender 2 years ago…well, Larry Hogan is now, for the 2nd consecutive year, the biggest spending Governor in the history of the state of Maryland. So much for fiscal conservatism, I guess.
As I’ve stated a million or so times, and will state again right here and now, I like Larry Hogan. He is quite a humorous guy and a fun guy to talk with. But, that doesn’t change the fact he’s accomplished nothing of any real merit, outside of cutting a few tolls, since taking over as Maryland’s Governor last year…and yet his approval ratings are staggering – nearly 70%, despite the fact that his performance in office can best me described as a belly flop: Did you see THAT splash? Yeah, but did you notice how he hit the water?
That being said, a few folks have approached me with the possibility of mounting a primary challenge against him in 2018. Not a ton of folks, but a few. Running to the right of Larry Hogan in a gubernatorial primary could actually be a lot of fun, but…
What would be the chances of me winning? One in one hundred? One in one thousand? I don’t know and frankly I don’t really care. The only reason I even give myself odds that high is because, with my name on the ballot, anything CAN happen – even if that anything is a 1 in 1000 shot. While I’m not saying I will run, the possibility does intrigue me. I’ve gotten my doors blown off for a lot lesser reasons before in my life.
I guess it will come down to what goes on over the next year or so.
Oh, and don’t fuck with her.