March 17, 2015 1:09 am ET
Hot air fills the room when politicians speak
Source: Bad Pols Rising
On December 4, 2014, I wrote a blog where I caught the County Executive telling a whopper (without cheese, hold the mayo) regarding whether or not the County had been in touch with the developers of the Fort Howard PUD.
I was told, in very short and blunt emails, that no one in the government—including Mr. Kamenetz—had spoken to anyone from Fort Howard LLC.
I became suspicious and filed a PIA, which confirmed my suspicions—Fort Howard LLC indeed had been in touch with the County.
Lesson learned. It reminded me of the old joke: “How do you know when a politician is lying? His/her lips are moving.”
Now, I seldom cry when watching a great actor deliver his lines, but this act nearly brought me to tears. (Notice the word “nearly.”) I got as far as pulling my hanky before I gave a good “honk.” The meeting was held at Parkers Resturant in White Marsh.
Mr. Kamenetz sparred no adjective or preposition and, with one dangling participle, was able to anger the residents of two communities, along with a powerful Republican State Senator like J.B. Jennings from the 7th District.
“We need your help,” the County Executive said in between dabbing his eyes. After a pause for the cause, Mr. Kamenetz went on to say, “Some members of the General Assembly are trying to further reduce Baltimore County’s revenue stream. They want to give one neighborhood on east side of the County the right to avoid paying any property taxes!”
After that, the “sob meter” broke. In the background, I swore that I heard someone yell “Cut! Take two!”
Simply put, the scene should have had more reality about it than soap opera antics, but it was about as real as reality television.
Let’s cut to the chase and look at how a community has been dumped on (literally).
As far as money goes in the County, I can only liken the situation to playing a game show in which the developers always pick the right door—the one with a pot of gold behind it.
Senator Jennings spoke of the Green Turtle Restaurant, which I also wrote about when the owners of said establishment received a $265,000 forgivable loan for renovations.
In addition, we have a 10-year property tax credit for the Federal Center at Woodlawn.
On top of that, Senator Jennings also pointed out $3.5 million in conditional (forgivable) loans to Caves Valley Partners for their Towson City Center Project. The County offered the developer a $7.5 million financing package with $2 million described as a conditional loan. On top of that, Caves Valley (how could we forget them) will get another $1 million for retaining 260 jobs, according to Senator Jennings.
By the way, the Senator wants us to know how much Caves Valley has contributed to Mr. Kamenetz’s campaign.
Senator Jennings had a lot more to say, but I wanted my turn at tarnishing all the king’s jewels (loans) with some of my stuff.
The ADA federal case ($20 million and counting), and another 400 potential “regular people” taking the county to task.
Oh, and I forgot to mention the pension case, which is around $19 million, and the Main Sail investment scam, which cost around $25 million.
God knows how much the Fort Howard LLC deal will dig into the taxpayers’ pockets, but I’m sure there will be a lot of zeros in that number as well.
I think I had better stop before my brain explodes … or my calculator melts. Just as well, since I stopped having enough fingers and toes to count the County losses a long time ago.
Let me just point out one more little fib that can be found at the end of Scott Collier’s Dundalk TV report—the one in which Mr. Kamenetz runs for cover after just one unscripted question. If that isn’t bad enough even the Sun sheds some clouds on the executives remarks.
So, there you have it, folks—an actual lie detector test taken on live TV, where you and the rest of the voters can cast your ballots on whether you BELIEVE IT OR NOT!
I’m going with a vote in the “not” category…