Johnny O promised a better Baltimore County, but has he delivered?
Posted by Buzz Beeler on 30th November 2019
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Johnny-O better Baltimore poster
The talk is cheap, but political propaganda is even cheaper … and worse. (Photo credit: Johnny O campaign literature)

The Baltimore Post used the featured image to help set the record straight regarding Baltimore County Executive Johnny O’s many campaign promises.

As one can clearly see, our county executive made education a priority. But talk is cheap, especially when you promise teachers a 20% pay raise.

Just for the record, it appears that securing state funding maybe a little more difficult than Johnny O anticipated.

How do we know that the county executive talked the talk but couldn’t walk the walk? Hopefully, this article will explain.

Maybe someone forgot to tell Mr. Olszewski that money spent does not equate to better education, as this quote demonstrates:

The amount spent per pupil for public elementary and secondary education (prekindergarten through 12th grade) for all 50 states and the District of Columbia increased by 3.7% to $12,201 per pupil during the 2017 fiscal year, compared to $11,763 per pupil in 2016, according to new tables released today by …May 21, 2019

So, while the United States spends more money per capita on education than any other country, our nation only managed to rank 27th in the world regarding healthcare and education.

Not a good argument for throwing money down another rabbit hole.

The following quote, taken from the Washington Post, also does not bode well for Johnny O’s visions of a new socialist/progressive/Democratic rulership:

The study, from researchers at the University of Maryland School of Public Health, underscores the struggle many Latino students face in Montgomery County, Md., despite being the largest ethnic or racial group in the high-performing suburban school system.

So let’s recap, folks.

Johnny O failed to provide the promised 20% raise for teachers. Additionally, his attempt to secure additional funding for schools in Baltimore County lies in the hands of Gov. Larry Hogan. But given the fact that throwing money at a problem does not always solve that problem, the Governor most likely understands that money will not solve the problem.

Speaking of throwing money away with no real return on investment, Baltimore County is facing a fiscal crisis yet still funnels funds to corporate welfare projects. You remember that Johnny O signed off on an $80 million loan to Tradepoint Atlantic while also granting UA another $2 million gift from Baltimore County taxpayers, right?

Those two corporate welfare checks alone could have gone a long way to solving Baltimore County’s financial problems.

There are other issues impacted by Mr. Olszewski’s grandiose left-wing agenda.

His other major failures deal with law enforcement and public safety. His promise to keep Baltimore County a sanctuary for illegals has already led to several deaths. Some of our readers may remember this heart-wrenching story regarding an illegal who killed an innocent man and fled before trial.

When given the opportunity to comment on the matter, Johnny O had nothing to say.

Folks, the crime rate in Baltimore County has exploded. The homicide rate in the county has increased by 52% on the eastern side, with no relief from the county executive or council members Todd Crandell and Cathy Bevins.

Finally, we want to point out that the glue ultimately holding the county together is starting to crack, as the Post reported in this article. 

In closing, Johnny O should refer back to what he promised during his acceptance speech:

In his speech, he said his administration will be promoting legislation and initiatives that will lead Baltimore County to create better schools, equitable investments, an improved economy and a more transparent and responsive government.

Instead of the county benefitting from Johnny O’s election, he seems to be the one profiting from his political status. Remember the photo below from an away Ravens game?

 

 

It sure seems like that $80 million loan to TPA has some incredible fringe benefits for the one who signed the check.

 

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