OMG That Was Awesome!

Forty plus people literally filled the dingy, dungeon classroom of the Bloomsbury Community Center.  Can you tell I’m in favor of a venue change?  But that’s not the point.  FORTY PEOPLE!  That might not sound like a large number compared to the thousands that filled Lawyer’s Square last night, but for a local Republican club meeting, that’s HUGE.  And it wasn’t just PVRC members.   There were a lot of new peeps in attendance, several recovering Democrats…one who filled out the paperwork to change her party right then and there.

A quote from the Baltimore Sun’s coverage of last night’s momentous event, referring to Senate President, Mike Miller: “But he doesn’t believe the Tea Party movement has a strong base in the state. “It is strong in the sage brush West,” he said. “It reflects anger at government.”‘

I got news for you Mr. Miller, be afraid, be very afraid.  People are pissed and not sitting on tushes any longer.

One of our speakers, Mr. McAndrew, wasn’t able to make it, and Delegate McDonough was running late.  With so many new faces in the room, we’d be dumb not to use our time wisely.  Thankfully, Augie was in the room, so we opened the floor to him.  He shared from his heart about why he decided it was time to throw his hat into the ring and run for Delegate.  By the time he finished, Steve Whisler was in the house.  He spoke for several minutes on the key areas of his campaign, including the county budget deficit (which apparently appeared out of no where) and illegal immigration.  Just as luck would have it, about the time he finished, Al Nalley was ready to take the floor.   I have to stop for a moment and give special kudos to my man, Al.  He was eloquent, sharp, and well versed.  Way to go Al!

After our three local candidates spoke, the floor was opened to Berchie Manley who graciously reminded us to check out property assessments and make sure to apply for the Homestead Act.  You can even do it online.  From that point, we turned towards pension reform, a hot topic in Baltimore County.  It was awesome to see a conversation between attendees and candidates.

Of course I had to get my moment in the spotlight.  Speaking of, did you see Betsy and me on the news?  I put in my plug for the blog (and blogs in general for that matter), and Pat McDonough walked in.

Now, I’ve never had the privilege of hearing him speak, and I’m now kicking myself for not having a video camera.  He’s a hoot, not a politically correct word in his vocabulary.  I love it.  I was writing notes on the back of coupons.  Seriously, I was.  Here are a few of things he said:

“We can’t give them (liberals) brain transplants. They are who they are.”

“We are now in Wacko-ville”

“America is at a cross-roads, Maryland is at the end of the road.”

We need people who are “politically courageous, not politically correct”

We have to defeat the “Axis of Evil (PG county, Montgomery County & Baltimore City) and the Axis of Weasels (Miller, Bush, and O’Malley)”

“Be a SUPER CITIZEN.  A citizen votes.  A super citizen activates.”

The Democrats are “lost in the wilderness.”

True, true, Mr. McDonough, I concur.  I’d like to add that they’re off their rockers as well.

Pat was looking to run for Governor, however, it’s his opinion (and mine) that Ehrlich will run.  Tonight he said that he’s left with two options, either run for his current seat or run for Baltimore County Executive.   Of course, I lean towards Exec because that actually affects me and someone needs to help us take down this machine.  I’m sure we’ll know either way very soon, but I just thought I should let you know that I liked the guy.

What a great week for momentum.  First the Tea Party, my first ever political event (did I mention I made the news?) and now a very successful PVRC meeting.  Let’s keep it up peeps.  There’s a long road before us, and it doesn’t stop in November.  If we really want to see a more PURPLE Maryland, it’s going to take time.  We have to be in for the long haul.  Now, who’s with me?  Man against the Machine!

Here’s a video (a rather shaky one at that) of Pat speaking against speed cameras.  Too bad we lost that one.  See why we need balance?

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5 Responses to OMG That Was Awesome!

  1. justdafacts says:

    Hillary –

    Did you thank Del. McDonough for voting FOR Medicaid expansion in the 2007 special session?

    I thank him every chance I get for being one of seven House Republicans to vote FOR Medicaid expansion in commitee and on the floor, even though they hypocritically voted AGAINST the tax increases to pay for it. The other six were Delegates Costa, Elliott, Kach, Kipke, Krebs, and Weldon.

    I bet Del. McDonough gave your club a lot of yada-yada-yada about taxing & spending, but which do you dislike more, a politician who votes for spending AND the taxes to pay for that spending, or a politician who votes for the spending, but doesn’t have the…courage? maturity? responsibility?. honesty?…to vote for the taxes to pay for that spending?
    – Steve Lebowitz

  2. Mr. Lebowitz, I cannot address why Delegate McDonough voted for the Medicaid expansion; he must have thought it was the right thing to do for people in his district. However, I would assume that the delegate and several others who voted against the tax increases would have preferred seeing more substantial cuts in unnecessary programs instead of massive tax increases that have caused businesses to go out of our state.

    Our state government and Progressives like you always talk of new revenue streams. Instead, you should do what every Marylander taxpayer does — (1) prioritize needs, (2) live within your means, and (3) make tough, meaningful choices on what we’ll do without. Progressives have treated taxpayers like ATM machines, propped up a bureaucracy and welfare state to court votes, and conditioned people to depend upon government instead of themselves and their neighbors.

    Government did not make our country great, innovative, or the most generous nation in the world. Progressives squelch innovation in government by giving departments more taxpayer money so they can expand an ineffficient bureaucracy. Politicians try to be saviors by bringing projects back into districts. Instead, they should foster an environment where entrepreneurs and hard-working Marylanders can achieve the same results far cheaper and faster.

    Our current politicians are not saviors … they’re players who fleece their own pockets with lucrative pay for part-time work. They bestow upon themselves ridiculous healthcare benefits and pensions for life after a few years of office. They appoint sham commissions and boards to give them wasteful perks like government vehicles and authority to use our tax dollars to promote themselves in television ads or household mailers.

    Citizens are tired of the waste. We’re tired of the backroom deals between special interest groups and politicians. And we are tired of record deficits and wasteful spending.

    We see Progressives for what they are … well-intentioned people who think they know better than us on how we should live our own lives. Progressives want to take our money every step of the way to further their agenda. We don’t need a nanny state controlled and dictated by the likes of you. We want less government that focuses on providing basic services to constituents — not every service on their terms at our expense.

    – Steve Whisler

  3. TOASTMASTER says:

    That guy is as phony as his hair…

  4. justdafacts says:

    Steve –

    If a politician votes in favor of spending taxpayers’ money, as Del. McDonough and six other Republicans did on Medicaid expansion during the special session, I expect them to pay for that spending by either raising taxes or securing specific offsetting spending cuts, or borrowing if t.

    Del. McDonough did neither in this instance. He was happy to spend the money and even boasted about it on his radio show, but he left it up to others to come up with the money to pay for it, whether by taxing or cutting elsewhere.

    I try to move politicians from the absract to the actual. Anyone can lecture about “what every Maryland taxpayer does,” and “progressives like you,” but a

  5. justdafacts says:

    Steve –

    If a politician votes in favor of spending taxpayers’ money, as Del. McDonough and six other Republicans did on Medicaid expansion during the special session, I expect them to pay for that spending by either raising taxes or securing specific offsetting spending cuts, or borrowing, as a last resort, if they can justify the need.

    Del. McDonough did none in this instance. He was happy to spend the money and even boasted about it on his radio show, but he left it up to others to come up with the funds to pay for it, which the Democratic majority did while he pandered against taxes.

    I try to move politicians from the absract to the actual. Anyone can lecture about “what every Maryland taxpayer does,” and “progressives like you,” but as your campaign continues, I hope you’ll confront actuals. Not “I’m against taxes (or borrowing),” but, “here is a list of services or other expenses I propose to reduce or eliminate to offset a tax cut of [insert] amount.”

    Maryland Republican candidates have a habit of promising tax cuts without explaining what services or other expenses they propose to cut to offset the reduced revenue. Or they complain about taxes and/or spending being to high, but they don’t even bother to propose specific cuts. Then, when they don’t get elected, they complain that voters are lazy, stupid, or ignorant. Ha!

    I hope you won’t be like that.

    – Steve

    PS – Bob Ehrlich has been complaining a lot already about taxes and spending, and he’ll be doing a whole lot more over the course of the campaign, but let’s see if he proposes to roll back the tax increases he citicizes, or if he proposes any specific spending reductions–after he figures out how to avoid the state employee furloughs that he has criticized. Never mind that they amount to a 2% annual pay cut for top earning state employees, which is far short of the 10% permanent pay cut his law firm handed down to support staff last year.

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