Filthy state/local pols continue to darken the political swamp
Posted by Buzz Beeler on 4th March 2021
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Swamp monsters come in all shapes and sizes. The one thing they have in common is that they’re all interested in preserving or growing their sense of power. (Photo Credits: Baltimore Sun, WYPR, Baltimore County Government, Maryland State Government)

There’s an old idiom that says, “Politics is a dirty business.”

That is certainly evident by the filthy political landscape on the state and local levels.

Simply put, folks, we’re faced with pols who are either focused on taking their next step or refuse to even consider a next step.

Take Maryland Governor Larry “RINO” Hogan. He’s been plastering his mug on the national television shows and writing guest columns with salty language on Fox (FAUX) News because he’s focused on his potential presidential campaign.

Mr. Hogan is very quick to blame everyone else for his shortcomings. First it was former President Trump’s fault. Then it was the respective county leader’s fault. Now it’s current confused figurehead Joe Biden’s fault.

Playing the blame game is not going to get Mr. Hogan far in his future political aspirations.

Meanwhile, Baltimore County Executive “Commie” Johnny Olszewski also seems focused on taking the next step into the governor’s mansion, as he’s rumored to be pursuing.

Case in point, Johnny O padded Monday’s virtual budget town hall meeting with plenty of “atta boys” and pats on the back from people who are part of his administration.

The shameful grandiose display practically became a drinking game, folks. Watch the video. If you take a drink every time the “CE” is thanked for his extraordinary leadership and vision, you’ll have a dangerously high BAC number by the end of the meeting.

(Note to Johnny O: It’s really easy to get people who work for you to praise you. They are called “suck ups.” You should recognize their ulterior motive for heaping praise upon you and take those comments with the proverbial grain of salt.)

Meanwhile, filling some of the gaps between “atta boys” and pats on the back were legitimate issues regarding the county schools going back in session, delayed sports schedules, and other pertinent issues.

It was during those moments that Johnny O stopped offering his back for patting and instead bent it to duck the issues.

Just like Mr. Hogan, Johnny O pushed the blame on everyone but himself. It’s the school boards fault, or the school administration’s fault, or … well, you get the picture.

Simply put, the buck should stop with the county executive. There are ways for him to influence what happens within BCPS, especially since he controls their funding.

Instead, he turned into Teflon before going back for more public praise from subordinates.

Lastly, we want to turn our attention to the county council, which both voted for and killed a bill to implement term limits on their positions.

How did they accomplish both in one session? You see, the measure passed by a 4-3 vote, but it needed to have a five-vote majority to move forward. Therefore, the issue is dead in the water.

How sad is it that three of the council members refuse to recognize that long-entrenched politicians are bad for government. (See: Nancy Pelosi)

For now, the swamp will stay murky or get murkier, our government leaders will remain about as transparent as mud, and the taxpayers will continue to suffer.

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