Folks, let’s cut to the chase here. Johnny O has repeatedly touted himself as a “Progressive Democrat.” But what does that really mean? Here is a definition for you:
A progressive politician is one who usually favors the middle class and sympathizes with them and any struggles they may be facing. More often than not progressive politicians will side with a position if it is estimated to benefit the middle class in some way.
In addition to that nugget of knowledge, the progressive agenda typically brings on a discussion about Socialism.
This brief video may help provide some answers.
Let’s go back and take a look at our featured photo for this article. There was some verbiage from our liberal Congressman Dutch Ruppersberger on a very serious issue that does impact the middle class, but not in the way Johnny O or Dutch envisioned. Here is that verbiage: (Note: Reader discretion is advised as some may find this disturbing!)
“As a former state delegate and dynamic community leader, Johnny O has been a valuable partner in the redevelopment of the Sparrows Point shipyard. Tradepoint Atlantic will bring tens of thousands of new, good jobs back to the peninsula, and it’s going to take all levels of government working together to see the project through to the finish line.” Dutch Ruppersberger
The above quote is right about one very important issue: will TPA succeed or fail? It will continue to take all forms of government to jam this project down the throats of the already stressed middle-class Maryland taxpayers.
Part of Dutch’s vision was the Jim Smith version of developing the Fort Howard hospital site into a metropolis.
Just so our readers understand how well that pipe dream went, the owner of the VA lease, Tim Munshell, is now in bankruptcy court.
Did we mention that Dutch’s latest mailer contained a pretty interesting message? “This mailing was prepared, published, and mailed at taxpayer expense.”
Things must be getting tight for the Congressman, though he continues to live in a gated community.
At the local level, we have Councilman Todd Crandell and his legislation, bill 86 – 15, which prohibits any public input from what takes place regarding this private enterprise owned by two billionaire businessmen.
One of these billionaires owns the tax-exempt Baltimore Ravens football team (see below) and the other is his cousin.
What is even more disturbing than taking away the public’s voice in the matter is the fact that the pols want “we the people” to pay for everything through Tax increment financing (TIF).
Mr. Crandell is pushing for TIF financing of the TPA project.
Here is another well-documented study by the renowned CATO Institute on the plans of Johnny O, Dutch, and Crandell when it comes to TIF and it’s relationship to corporate welfare.
Now you can see why Crandell introduced legislation to keep the public out of the loop when it comes to these matters.
Here is another piece of the puzzle, which contradicts Johnny O’s fight for the middle class:
The Post wonders how Governor Larry Hogan feels about this stab in the back after granting TPA $50 million in sales tax exemptions. Maybe the governor should ask for a – refund.
Considering the potential for tremendous impact on the eastern part of Baltimore County, not to mention the funding of this corporate welfare scheme that ultimately could cost the middle-class taxpayers as much as $2 billion, The Baltimore Post sent the following message via email and Johnny O’s Facebook’s page:
Sent on August 14, 2018 at 7:46 PM
Mr. Olszewsk, Jr. below is a copy of a recent statement you made pertaining to Tradepoint Atlantic. Could you please expand on this statement?
Johnny Olszewski for Baltimore County Executive
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“As a former state delegate and dynamic community leader, Johnny O has been a valuable partner in the redevelopment of the Sparrows Point shipyard. Tradepoint Atlantic will bring tens of thousands of new, good jobs back to the peninsula, and it’s going to take all levels of government working together to see the project through to the finish line.” Dutch Ruppersberger.
We have several questions concerning the statement as it pertains to your campaign.
Can you please provide the number of jobs currently employing residents of Baltimore County?
Do you support the TIF financing for this private enterprise?
In addition, our last question concerns the issue of – corporate welfare. What is your stance on this subject?
We will be going to publication tomorrow by late afternoon or early evening.
As of press time, this was the direct and well-researched response:
Thanks for your message. We will try to respond to you as quickly as possible. If you need a more immediate reply, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We jest, folks. That was obviously a canned robo-response. Or Johnny O is in “duck and cover” mode.
Now is most of our readers know, we do not get involved in partisan politics. Rather, we strive to report the truth so the voters may make an informed decision. We only spoke up on this matter because of Johnny O’s campaign promise to provide more transparent leadership if elected.
Rather than fall prey to the party propaganda, we will continue our search for the truth. Coming soon, look for our piece regarding Al Redmer and his silence about Councilman Crandell’s legislative aide, Ron Metzger.
Stay tuned, folks. This ride is just getting started.
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