From Harford Campaign for Liberty:
Liberty Rally in Annapolis
Tuesday, Oct. 18th
Noon to 2:00pm
Lawyers Mall in Annapolis
The word “tyranny” means oppression. It is indicative of an unjust, unrestrained exercise of power.
Americans have an amplified sense of the definition of this word. From its start, our county was defined by casting off the chains of despotism and embracing the ideas of Freedom and Liberty.
“Tyranny” is a strong word. We don’t use it lightly.
However, the Maryland General Assembly is returning on Monday, October 18 for a Special Ssession and if your legislators don’t hear from you, an unhealthy dose of tyranny is exactly what we will get.
Up first is the “legislative rorschach.”
A “rorschach” test is where an arbitrary inkblot is used to test the perceptions of the subject to examine a person’s personality traits and emotional functioning.
Unfortunately, the image above is no inkblot. In fact, this picture will have more influence over who gets elected to congress in 2012 than you do.
So what is this picture?
It is the theft of the voting rights of Marylanders.
You see, the Constitution requires that congressional boundaries be redrawn every 10 years to reflect changes in the population. In Maryland, the Governor must submit a redistricting plan to the state legislature.
Instead of holding together the voting power of local communities, Governor Martin O’Malley (D) is exploiting this process in an attempt to unseat Congressman Roscoe Bartlett (R).
This is a deliberate attempt at manipulating the voters of Maryland in a way that suits O’Malley and his gang of hacks. This inkblot is what could be Maryland’s new third congressional district.
We can all see where the governors interests are in stringing together the communities of Parkville, Owings Mills, Ellicott City, Laurel, Glen Burnie and Annapolis.
If stealing your vote wasn’t enough, O’Malley has another scheme to rob you of your political power.
The Founding Fathers wrote extensively on keeping authority in the hands of local governments and avoiding the centralization of power.
Inherent in hierarchy of local government is the freedom of different communities to tailor their government operations as they see fit.
If the residents of Frederick, Baltimore City or Wicomico disagree on taxes, speed cameras or school funding, they are each free to go their own way. Keeping the government local keeps power in the hands of the people.
But eventually, the power mongers in D.C. uncovered a loophole to dodge local government authority.
The federal gas tax was enacted in 1932. When the interstate highway system was completed in 1956, the gas tax did not go away.
The power mongers eventually realized that they could force federal regulations upon the states by tying the regulations to tax appropriations.
In other words, they tax you and force your state follow their regulations if you want your tax dollars back.
Using tax dollars for political blackmail has become the regulatory trick play used by politicians to control their constituents.
Imposing the same trick play, Governor O’Malley now wants to cheat county governments out of their zoning and land-use powers and transfer them to himself.
Under his new “Plan Maryland,” his administration alone would regulate where, when and how much residential/commercial development takes place in each county.
If this plan is enacted, the O’Malley administration will dictate where you can live, how big your home can be, how big your property can be and even what kind of waste disposal system your house can have.
Under O’Malley’s Plan Maryland, the state will only provide infrastructure (new schools, roads and sewers) in the “priority funding areas” that O’Malley’s office approves and to those which follow his regulatory guidelines.
Because new development is impossible without new infrastructure, O’Malley will effectively control every county’s future growth.
And what are the consequences?
Land outside O’Malley’s priority funding areas will plummet in value. Young people and newcomers seeking housing will be “redirected” to condos and apartments in Metropolitan areas such as Baltimore City, which is one of the plan’s chief goals.
The American dream, a single detached home, will be unaffordable. Our economic competitor, Virginia, will again gleefully point to Plan Maryland as yet another bit of anti-business insanity, and all those developer campaign contributions that once went to local politicians will now flow to the governor’s office.
This disaster sounds more like “Centrally Plan Maryland” to me.
If O’Malley’s plan goes into place, say good bye to local government and hello to taxation without representation.
And finally, O’Malley’s agenda isn’t complete without some sort of proposal for increasing taxes.
This month, the Blue Ribbon Commission on Maryland Transportation Funding recommended the following recommendations:
A 15-cent gas tax increase
A 50% increase in vehicle registration fees
Increasing the titling tax rate from 6% to 6.5%
Doubling the fee for emissions testing from $14 to $28
Increasing miscellaneous MVA fees
Increasing MTA fares
Indexing gas tax increases to inflation
“I think this is a really balanced and reasonable approach,” said Gus Bauman, the O’Malley appointed chairman of the commission.
For years, the Maryland transportation trust fund held billions of tax dollars that the state collected with the intent of sustaining roads and infrastructure.
In the last year, the O’Malley administration raided the fund to spend your transportation tax dollars on other projects.
That money is now gone. We are left with a trust fund that you just can’t trust and an O’Malley appointed commission that offers us “balanced approaches” that are anything but balanced.
Sometimes, the size of the attacks from the power mongers can seem daunting.
However, you have an opportunity to rally against these power grabs.
On October 18th, the Maryland Campaign for Liberty and other liberty-minded groups will hold a rally at Lawyers’ Mall in Annapolis from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM.
Please join us to stand against what will undoubtedly be a full court press against the liberties of Marylanders.
Rally on Lawyers’ Mall
October 18th 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
100 State Circle
Annapolis, MD 21401
The passion for liberty in the hearts an minds of Marylanders is our only bulwark against tyranny. Will you join us for this rally to let Annapolis know we will not tolerate these political games?
Your Harford Campaign for Liberty Team