September 3, 2015 2:44 pm ET
Crandell joins Bevins, Quirk, and Marks in political quackery
Source: Ducking Responsibility
The first question one may ask is what the term “political quackery” means. Here is the definition:
“A person who pretends, professionally or publicly, to have skill, knowledge, or qualifications he or she does not possess; a charlatan.”
Pretty tough language, right? But is it warranted?
As the whimsical character actor from years gone by—Gabby Hays—would say, “You’re darn tootin’!”
Let’s take a look at the cast of characters in this checker game of political chicanery that I predict will lead to the demise of said characters.
At the top of the list is County Chairwoman Cathy Bevins. It’s her bill for the outlet mall in White Marsh that saw a number of dollars deposited into her campaign coffers by Paragon. Of course, listening to Mrs. Bevins, this new outlet mall will be better than sliced bread.
Let me just say that there are quite a few voters that apparently don’t agree with the Chairwoman. They think this bread is stale and, generally speaking, people won’t swallow stale bread. Some concerned taxpayers have started a petition to have the bill put to a referendum. That in itself should say loud and clear to Mrs. Bevins it would be political suicide to stick with her autocratic defense of this boondoggle.
Now on to Councilman Quirk, who one would think should know better. After all, he is in the business of money, but—in the case of our tax money—it appears he’s ready to spend it freely. How so, you may ask? Well, Ed Adams (County Director of Public Works) wasn’t sitting in the County Council chamber for his health—he was there to watch the council vote unanimously on the mall. I could see the wheels turning six rows in front of the director: “Let’s see now … infrastructure, infrastructure, and cost to the taxpayers. Uh oh!”
Mr. Quirk was quick to praise the project with the “jobs, jobs and more jobs” chant, followed by the old “think of the tax revenue” answer that is balderdash! Those of us who aren’t sheep were thinking more about the tax breaks, infrastructure costs, traffic jams, low-wage jobs that do more harm (i.e., increase in food stamps and SSI costs), plus the clientele that is drawn to these types of mega outlets.
With more and more shopping done on the internet and less in the brick and mortar stores, the writing on the wall is very clear. THIS IS NOTHING MORE THAN THE DEVELOPERS AND THEIR COZY RELATIONSHIP WITH THE COUNTY GOVERNMENT!
I hope I made myself clear on that aspect.
In an article written by Heather Norris of the Catonsville Times in which she interviewed Councilman Tom Quirk, (remember, he is a financial adviser), the article states, “Plus, he added, an outlet mall would bring more jobs and money into Baltimore County. The nearest outlet malls in the area are currently situated in Hagerstown and National Harbor, in Oxon Hill.”
Funny, Mr. Quirk—you offer no evidence of the financial stats on those malls or the traffic congestion, infrastructure costs, or tax breaks for the developers. How could a “money guy” forget about those items?
The next quote from the Times article is also interesting: “‘Shouldn’t we be able to shop locally?’ he asked. We want to have a county that’s good for business.”
I have never heard anyone say anything about restrictions on where we can shop. Is Mr. Quirk suggesting this is a police state and our shopping ventures are restricted to Baltimore County?
He is right about one thing though: “We want to have a county that’s good for business.” Translation: “We will be a county run by developers.”
I believe that when the voters rise up for a petition drive, the message is rather clear. They don’t want the mall being jammed down their throats.
Next we have Councilman David Marks, who put his “half cent” into the equation while he is busy transforming Towson into Towson University spring break city. More on that later.
Marks states in the article:
“The language is very misleading,” he said of the literature being distributed by the bill’s opponents. What I hear more from people is confusion. “Throughout his five years in office, Marks said he has worked to try to reduce school overcrowding. The apartment development, had it gone through, would have undone all of the work put in, he said.” The mailings don’t talk about that,” he said.
Councilman Marks, what is misleading about the issue? It can’t be that confusing because, if it was, I don’t see people lining up in support of the mall except for the seven councilmembers who voted for it.
Do you want to reduce school overcrowding? Then stop building tall buildings for more TU students in Towson, and stop the grip the developers and people like Jim Smith have over the council.
You see, the way it works is the more they build when you pass your PUDs, the more people you add to the schools.
And last, but not least, we have Councilman Todd Crandell, who talked about the jobs issue the other night but could not answer the questions regarding the downside to those low-wage jobs and the problems they bring.
By the way, did you know that Mr. Crandell loves to censor his website when remarks are posted by those who take issue with him? More on that later.
Councilman Crandell railed against the county for attempting to sell the government center in Dundalk and used that as his campaign slogan. However, as soon as he was sworn in, he turned his back on that effort. Why? Because he is now part of the “good ol’ boys club” that never saw a PUD they didn’t like and have rubber stamped everything their master, Kevin Kamenetz, wanted.
Unfortunately, I could not attend the community meeting where Mr. Crandell battered some people over some of these issues. I don’t think much of those who have no clue beating up on people.
There are many more questions Mr. Crandell will have to answer to before the voters take a broom and do some “council cleaning.”
This is far from over. Stay tuned…