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Martin O'Malley and Charlie Crist -- Unholy Alliance for Florida

By: Nancy Smith | Posted: April 30, 2014 3:55 AM
I Beg to Differ

Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, Martin O'Malley walks into ours.

Call it Florida's "Casablanca" moment. If the Maryland governor doesn't fill Floridians with dread and empty-pockets nightmares, they don't know the man Newsweek called "America's poster child for Big Government."

Why should we care? Because on Monday, O'Malley -- 1,000 miles north of the Sunshine State -- threw his support behind Florida gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist. We're left to hope Crist accepted only his recommendation and not his advice.

My fear is, O'Malley badly wants to become president of the United States and Charlie Crist badly wants Washington -- still. You don't think the overtures of a would-be Democratic presidential candidate aren't going to reawaken that Beltway lust Crist had in 2008, when he auditioned to become John McCain's running mate?

Martin O'Malley

Martin O'Malley

Term-limited O'Malley, 51, a Democrat who governs a state virtually a stone's throw from the White House, a fiscal cretin by any reasonable standards, is throwing his arms around Charlie Crist. Yipes. Don't you think there's at least a possibility Crist might start listening to him?

Don't take my word for it. Take a closer look at Martin Joseph O'Malley, 61st governor of the Old Line State.

-- Since he took office in 2007, O'Malley approved 40 new and increased taxes and fees -- projected in total to cost Marylanders $9.5 billion through fiscal 2014. Read all about it here.

-- A bill cheerfully signed by O'Malley increased the gas tax 4 cents this year, to 27.5 cents per gallon. The tax will increase to 43.5 cents per gallon when fully implemented in 2016. Read all about it here.

-- O'Malley lost 26,000 manufacturing jobs. (Check out the graphic at the bottom of the page.) Says Watchdogwire.com, "Contrast the 26,000 manufacturing jobs lost since O’Malley’s inaugural, with an increase of 34,000 government jobs over that same period, and you’ll see Maryland doesn’t have a business climate so much as it has a government climate." Read all about it here.

Is it cynical to suggest maybe O'Malley and Crist could bond over how many jobs they lost while each was governor? For these guys, friendship has a head start. Florida was one of only two states, along with Maryland, to see its unemployment rate rise in August 2010, reaching 11.7 percent, compared with the 9.6 percent national rate, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Which brings me back to Morocco.

Rick's dread of an encounter with llsa again in a bar in Casablanca -- a story of classic destiny -- can't hold a candle to the fear and trembling Floridians should feel by this new O'Malley-Crist embrace.

In 2012, remember, Florida ranked first in the nation on personal income taxes, estate and inheritance taxes and right-to-work. Maryland hits the bricks at 50th on right-to-work and estate and inheritance taxes and was 44th on personal income taxes. While Maryland placed 34th on corporate income taxes, Florida was 13th.

Keep O'Malley's recommendation in perspective and a wary eye on this alliance.

 

Manufacturing jobs lost in Maryland

 Reach Nancy Smith at nsmith@sunshinestatenews.com or at 228-282-2423.


Comments (3)

C-Breeze
10:34AM APR 30TH 2014
Oh my goodness !...It's the "Crist OMalley" twins !!! Get the pun ? Here's the clue: "allmighty". These two narcissistic publicity seekers have already demonstrated, and proven, they could destroy a State all by themselves...and NOW they want to team-up???? HA, HA, HA, Ha, !!!!!!

(Sorry,..The Devil made me do it...) "NOT THIS TIME 'Charlie-the tuna' !"
Fire
8:27AM APR 30TH 2014
Holy Bull Dung, Charlie see's his friends throwing in their hats for him to win Florida's governors race and the Republicans get nasty and all out of wack. The republicans have had Florida in their grasp too long now, time for Charlie to lead us again. Just the way medical marijuana is being treated by the republicans and sheriffs in Florida. Time these nut case control freaks are kicked out in the street and away from the "public servant positions" they are suppose to serve and don't.
C-Breeze
10:42AM APR 30TH 2014
"Fire", you have just GOT to be one of "Charlie the tuna's" co-workers in the dank, dark basement corner of Morgan & Morgan's law firm (where they count out campaign contribution funds...although almost all of it comes from Morgan & Morgan themselves... It's nice to have a Governor 'in your pocket', huh M&M?... But NOT THIS time, because "the Tuna" is the losing horse (I mean 'fish') in THIS race (and a smelly one at that !)

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