I could not help but notice a full page ad on the last page of today's Baltimore Examiner. Generally, you see an ad taking up a full page and nine times out of ten it most likely will be about nothing that you have an interest in. But this time, it's a different story........and one that every person in the State of Maryland ought to be really concerned about. Okay.......maybe I am a bit too optimistic in that regard...........and most likely there are only a few of us citizens that bothered to take notice of the ad. Everyone, at one time or another, has seen furniture store ads in the newspaper......but how often is it that the businesses that sell furniture band together and take up a cause............a cause so big that they coughed up alot of bucks to bring our attention to a serious issue? Well.......they got my attention and I can honestly say that I am a bit pissed about what is about to occur here in Maryland. Each and every Marylander should be extremely ticked off.
While we all are busy living our busy lives, our "elected" politicians are busy too. They are busy conspiring to raise our taxes even higher than they currently are.....and the furniture dealers have made an attempt to try to stop it. Good for them!
The ad states the following:
"The Maryland Legislature is proposing at least a 20% increase in the state sales tax to help reduce the budget shortfall. This regressive tax will put an undue burden on the poor, the working people of Maryland and the retail merchants throughout the state. Please contact the leadership in Annapolis and tell them "NO SALES TAX INCREASE!" "
The ad also says:
"Keep Marylanders buying in Maryland! Say "NO" to the sales tax increase!"
You might ask yourself why the furniture dealers are so upset. Twenty-six furniture businesses are listed as sponsoring the ad. Personally, I have a new-found admiration for each of those furniture dealers. I might even go out and buy a piece of furniture from one of them.
It's a no-brainer, folks! If the politicians go unchecked.....as they usually do.......the men and women who operate these furniture stores are gonna be faced with losing customers. They will lose customers who, instead of taking action against the politicians, will decide to spend their money in another state in search of a better deal. In other words, the State of Maryland is working against these businesses........and more importantly, the State of Maryland is working against its citizens.
This flagrant taxation has got to stop, and it is up to each and every one of us as citizens to stop it in its tracks. The bottom line is.........we need to REMOVE every politician currently in office that votes for any tax increase. These career politicians are living high on the hog and they suffer no circumstances for what they do.....unless, of course, you and I do something about them. I could rant on and on about this, but for today........let's just have this as another appeal for action.
The furniture dealers request, as I do, that we all contact the following career politicians. I will take it a step further...........get everyone you know to make so many calls and so many e-mails to these knuckleheads that they cannot conduct their daily shenanigans. Seriously, we can get their attention and make our dissatisfaction known and demand that they actually act on our behalf for once in their political lives..........and don't say "Oh, it will never work...they won't listen", because I personally know of a certain "Supernurse", who, in a previous career, managed to get hundreds of child-care providers to make life a bit miserable for a particular county councilman until he changed his mind about an issue.
If you are gonna sit on your rump and do nothing, maybe this cartoon will make it a bit more clear as to why you need to step up and take some action..
1-800-492-7122 ext. 3700
Governor and career politician: Martin O'Malley
House Speaker and career politician: Mike Busch
1-800-492-7122 ext. 3800
While I am ticked off, I might as well offer my thoughts regarding Baltimore's Finest.
To add insult to injury, after looking at that full page ad about tax increases, I ran across a report in the Examiner about a dude named John Alexander, 25, from Frederick, MD, who was assaulted by a New York Yankee fan. The assault occurred somewhere between Oriole Park at Camden Yards and Sliders Bar & Grill. The Orioles were playing against the Yankees........uh.......which is always a problem........not in regards to the game itself, but in regards to the Yankee fans who come here in droves for the games.
Therefore, I have to dole out yet another bogosity award......and the choices I have are the Baltimore Police Officer, Orioles management, moronic Yankees fans, and the career politicians that intend to raise our taxes.