At first glance, one might think this is an aerial shot of the Baltimore County government complex in Towson. It isn’t.
What this picture does show is what a recipient of government cronyism and corporate welfare is able to afford.
You won’t see the owner of this lavish complex standing on a street corner with a sign begging for money. According to the Washington Post, this man is:
“Just a Regular Guy”
From one Post to the other, regular guys don’t live in homes the size of the Ravens’ football stadium, or own a $20 million yacht, let alone an NFL football team.
By the way, the taxpayers picked up the tab for the latter endeavor also.
One may think this particular individual should actually be quite generous and inclined to share some of this wealth, but we discovered something entirely different. The below quote was taken from Forbes describing the most philanthropic billionaires in the country:
Members of this elite club have been scored on a scale of 1 to 5, with 5 being the most philanthropic. List members about whom we could find no charitable giving information received an N.A. (not available).
The gentleman we are speaking about, shown in the photograph below, has a philanthropic score of “1”according to Forbes.
So now that we have established the identity of this corporate welfare recipient, let’s take a look at those who decided that our precious few tax dollars should be delivered to this not-so-charitable individual on a silver platter.
One of the main cheerleaders for Tradepoint Atlantic, who created the legislation to allow this corporate welfare, is corporate crony Councilman Todd Crandell. His website goes into very little detail about what is creating the poverty, crime, unemployment, largest concentration of Section 8 housing, and lowest per capita income. Those are the issues that have made the 7th District one the worst in the state of Maryland.
We almost forgot, there was no mention at either the council work session or the actual vote on this corporate welfare that the county is already $2 billion in debt.
With all the problems in Councilman Crandell’s district, we find it very odd that his last post on his political website is dated November 11, 2018. Not surprisingly there appears to be a lack of communication in dealing with real issues like our infrastructure and crime. This new post does nothing but spew propaganda regarding the agreement to give TPA $78 million of our money.
Last night’s vote to approve the public infrastructure agreement with Tradepoint Atlantic was a historic moment for the 7th District. The agreement represents the largest economic development investment in the history of Baltimore County. I am proud to have played a role in accelerating job growth in the district and in helping secure open space for future recreational amenities. We will continue to make every effort to capitalize on opportunities to revitalize our community. Thanks to all involved; this was a total team effort to bring this investment home to us!
You can watch the Council proceedings here. The agreement discussion starts at 19:33. I think you will find it quite informative.
The only “Historic moment for the 7th District” happened when Councilman Crandell put his corporate cronies ahead of the taxpayers. To add insult to injury, Mr. Crandell is actually spending even more of our money to provide additional police protection for TPA, which will get a new police substation to protect private property.
What about our roads and infrastructure, Mr. Crandell?
There is another major falsehood in the councilman’s message that we will put into proper perspective. Councilman Crandell claims that this will aid in “accelerating job growth in the district.” The Post has attempted to qualify this statement numerous times, but we’ve been met with a wall of complete silence from elected officials and TPA spokespersons.
Last, but not least, is this rubbish about the revitalization of the community. If that statement was anywhere close to the truth, questions asked about said revitalization would not be met with dead silence from those in power.
If what Councilman Crandell stated is the truth and why did MTA create a bus route from Baltimore City directly to TPA?
The corporate cronyism just continues fleecing the taxpayers.
Did we mention that Councilman Crandell has received thousands of dollars in campaign contributions from TPA? This photo might explain the absolute swamp that the Baltimore County government has become.
If anyone doubts stench of corporate welfare and cronyism that is stealing our tax dollars away, then why is it that the three people who voted for this fleecing could not answer one question regarding the legality of the bill that was rubberstamped by the Baltimore County Council?
Sadly, this is the one time when Democrats and Republicans have come together to issue a bipartisan fleecing that very well may destroy this entire district. The downward spiral has already begun with low-wage unskilled labor flooding the area and the first waves of the anticipated 30,000 tractor-trailers per day running through our neighborhoods. Think about the pollution and tremendous gridlock we will suffer.
All to line the pockets of some greedy billionaires who love to throw their weight around and keep the middle class in a stranglehold.