Aren’t you darn near in the throes of ecstasy now that you’ll not have to watch or listen to another advertisement either for or against Question 7?
That would be the ballot referendum in which voters either gave a thumbs-up or thumbs down to expanded casino gambling in Maryland. Proponents talked ad nauseam about the jobs and money for education expanded casino gambling would bring.
Opponents claimed no money generated from expanded casino gambling would go to education. They even trotted out state comptroller Peter Franchot to back up their claim.
Franchot is the state’s top guy when it comes to our money. If anyone should know whether or not money from expanded casino gambling would go to education, he is the guy who would, right?
So if Franchot is right, then that means Question 7 proponents lied about money from expanded casino gambling going to education, which prompts this question about Question 7:
Why did Question 7 proponents lie about money going to schools? And that prompts a second question:
If Question 7 proponents lied about money going to schools, what else did they lie about?
Here are even more questions:
How many of those 12,000 new jobs that Question 7 proponents claimed would be generated from expanded casino gambling would have gone to illegal immigrants, given this state’s passion for aiding and abetting illegal immigrants?
And how come proponents of Question 4— which would have allowed illegal immigrant children of illegal immigrants to attend Maryland colleges and universities at the in-state tuition rate— managed to run all their ads without once mentioning the words “illegal immigration”?
Oh, you heard either the words “fair” or “fairness” a couple of dozen times, but you never heard the words “illegal immigrants.” You heard how it’s “fair” to allow those who’ve paid Maryland taxes to have their children attend state colleges and universities at the in-state tuition rate.
What you didn’t hear was this: illegal immigrants shouldn’t be paying ANY taxes. There are federal laws that specifically say illegal immigrants can’t work in this country.
If illegal immigrants are working and paying taxes in Maryland, it is only because they are aided and abetted by elected officials who are helping them do it, and in the process breaking the law every bit as much as illegal immigrants are.
And THAT’S not fair to the immigrants that came here legally and played by the rules.
More Question 7 questions:
Proponents claimed the $550 million Marylanders spend at casinos in West Virginia would be spent here if Question 7 passed. How, exactly, would they know this?
Common sense tells me that Marylanders who gamble at West Virginia casinos more than likely hail from what I call our state’s “GAW” strip: Garrett, Allegany and Washington counties. There might also be a fair share coming from Frederick and even Carroll counties.
Even with expanded casino gambling in Baltimore City and Prince George’s County, where are those Marylanders in the western part of the state going to gamble?
Why, West Virginia, of course. It’s much closer. If you have a hankering for gambling and live in Garrett County, where are you going to go to gamble?
Nearby West Virginia or way the heck in downtown Baltimore or Prince George’s County?
I don’t visit downtown Baltimore unless I absolutely have to, and I LIVE here.
One final question, and it’s about that Question 7: we saw a number of elected officials support the referendum, crowing about the number of jobs expanded casino gambling would bring and how the money from it would help our schools.
Were they saying that they couldn’t generate jobs and fund schools WITHOUT expanded casino gambling? And if they can’t generate jobs and fund schools without expanded casino gambling, then why the hell are they in office?
Throw ‘em out! Throw ‘em out!