Ron Miller Weekly Update – Again, Top Line writing, Attacks O’Malley and Governor O’Malley in process

Ron Miller Executive Director of Regular Folks United

Let’s pretend the nation is in the grip of a global recession that shows few signs of abating. Your state government has been running up billion-dollar plus annual deficits due to dramatically reduced revenue, and an inexplicable compulsion to spend money, even when the law requires a balanced budget.  Tax increases to close the gap would be hugely unpopular, because you’ve already burdened the people with the largest tax increase in that state’s history.

Yet, despite the facts on the ground, the state allocates $9.5 million to a non –profit organization that openly aids and harbors lawbreakers, while at the same time furloughing or laying off state workers. People who point out this egregious misuse of taxpayer dollars, rather than being hailed for demanding responsible stewardship of the people’s money, are instead pilloried as racists.

What’s that? This isn’t a pretense? It’s really happening? Never mind.

Only in Maryland could such a travesty occur. CASA de Maryland, an immigrant support organization that openly and unapologetically defies the laws of our country by aiding and harboring illegal aliens, operates in part with public funding from Montgomery County and the State of Maryland.

Incidentally, the fact that one of the organization’s private benefactors is George Soros would worry most sane state officials, but they aren’t in the majority in Maryland.

Private funding aside, it’s the abuse of public funds that should have every Maryland voter steamed.

On Governor Martin O’Malley’s official discussion page, a thread titled, “Stop funding organizations like CASA de Maryland that provide assistance to illegal immigrants” elicited this response from the state:

The State of Maryland has provided limited funding support to Casa de Maryland.  In FY 2009, CASA received $1 million in capital funding for the renovation of a Multi-Cultural Service Center in Langley Park, Maryland and $33,000 in Community Development Tax Credits.

In effect, when confronted about taxpayer money being spent on a lawbreaking organization, Governor O’Malley’s response is essentially, “Well, we only gave them a little.” That reminds me of another Will Rogers gem, “It’s easy being a humorist when you’ve got the whole government working for you.”

Except this isn’t funny.

When money is tight, shouldn’t government fund only the most essential services?

Frankly, I think government should get out of the business of giving taxpayer money to non-profit organizations, period. As a friend and mentor of mine wisely says, “I’m sure it’s a worthy cause, but should taxpayers be paying for it?”

$15 million in Maryland taxpayer dollars went to fund bond bills, which finance pet projects for legislators to buy votes in their home districts. The list of projects the state is funding in the midst of its greatest fiscal challenge will blow your mind.

Why should some private organizations be favored with our tax dollars over others? What if I object to that organization’s mission or tactics?

Should pro-life taxpayers have their money funding Planned Parenthood? Where is the funding for crisis pregnancy centers to at least pretend there is balance in how the government allocates public funds to non-profits?

Why does most government money for non-profits go to liberal causes? Who gets to decide which non-profits are worthy and which ones aren’t?

Should an organization that flaunts its defiance of the law get a single red cent of taxpayer money?

Will Rogers once said, “When you’re in a hole, the first thing to do is quit digging.” Not spending money on non-essential projects would be a start. Such a move would demonstrate sound fiscal stewardship, responsible governance and respect for the blood, toil, tears and sweat of the taxpayers who actually earned the money and created the wealth.

Of course, Will Rogers also said, “I don’t make jokes. I just watch the government and report the facts.”

Except this isn’t funny.

Ron Miller, of Huntingtown, is a military veteran, conservative writer and activist, communications director for the Calvert County Republican Party, and executive director of Regular Folks United, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.  Ron is a regular contributor to RegularFolksUnited.comAmerican Thinker, and You can also follow Ron on his website, as well as Twitter and Facebook.

2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by SimoneTea on June 3, 2010 at 7:22 AM

    Were you as critical of Bob Ehrlich when he gave CASA $1 million and left the with state millions in “deficits” as you call them. Of course, for Ehrlich as well as O’Malley, those deficits are just projects of future spending based on assumptions by people who do not make the decisions.

    But why not just call it “running up billion-dollar plus annual deficits” when you know that’s just a lie. It sounds good, despite the fact that everyone knows the state budget is balanced every year.

    Heck Bob had to have the General Assembly cut his budgets every year to get there, because Bob just didn’t see the value in the GOP supported spending affordability limits. so his budgets smashed through them each and every time on his way to increasing state spending by 33%.


    • ehrlich did not leave deficits. go back and study the budget. He in fact left surplusses and under amassed deficits left by the Glendenning Administration, also, the Illegal Law Breaking were not exposed until the last few years regarding Casa De Maryland and their ciphoning of Maryland Tax Dollars that O’Malley has overseen and approved. Also, Bob Ehrlich has come out against this Law Breaking organization after they had finally been exposed as to what exactly they were doing with those tax dollars. The Dems keep cutting programs that Ehrlich was putting in to help people, not hurt them and to help business’s not drive them out. Your logic is flawed and you are forgetting, on the 600 million in deficit that Glendenning left, he also left and unfunded Thornton Program mandated at 1.5 billion annually that he had to make up for that the Assembly saw fit not to help cover. Again, go back to the drawing board. In 3 years, Ehrlich spent or rose to the total of 121 billion with a booming economy. O’Malley has blown up the budget 22 percent in a National Recession, chased over 3000 business’s out of the state and on top of that, has spent 126 billion dollars in 3 years alone with a financial assistance from non existant slots. I think your not understanding the actual facts it what leads to Maryland voters being blinded by the sheep in the Governor’s Mansion. Thanks for playing.


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