The 4-1 vote recently to sell the Citizens Care and Rehabilitation Center and Montevue Assisted Care facilities and disband their board of trustees, illustrates the latest example of Frederick County government behaving badly.

Immediately following the 2010 election, new board of county commissioners’ president Blaine Young (R) proclaimed Frederick County “Open for Business.”

Joining Young as newly elected Republicans on the five member board were Kirby Delauter, Billy Shreve and Paul Smith, who I quickly dubbed with the moniker; “Blaine and Co.,” the moniker resulting from their like ideology and the carte blanche votes Delauter, Shreve and Smith gave to Young on anything Young would propose.

Fueled by “tea party” fervor, prevalent across the nation, that promoted less government and less spending, Blaine and Co. wasted no time in promoting these ideals, a disturbing pattern of governing that clearly illustrates how following ideology often trumps reasonable representation.

The resulting action from Blaine and Co. was felt immediately after their election, when they moved to eliminate $2 million in county funding for Head Start, a proven and effective federal program that helps children in need during the critical early years of development.

What has followed over the next 2 1/2 years has been a continued move to follow an irresponsible privatization path in governing.

Whether, it was spending of $25,000 of taxpayers’ money for a poorly and hastily prepared privatization report, actions taken to reverse county property zoning, drastically reducing or eliminating funding for community nonprofits at a time when their services are most needed, an ill conceived $100 rebate to property owners, establishing a nonreversible 20-year county-developer agreement, to the latest effort to sell quickly, without due diligence, the Citizens-Montevue facilities, Blaine and Co. are angering voters and invoking calls for change in next year’s election.

The rush to privatize has exceeded common sense, with board president Young denigrating along the way those who question his moves.

Perhaps, the state attorney general’s office will weigh in with an advice letter on the sale of the Citizens-Montevue facilities. The board of trustees, seeking legal guidance and prior to be disbanded, sent a detailed letter that was forwarded by Delegate Galen Clagett (D-District 3-a), expressing their questions pertaining to the sale of the facilities.

Some of the prickly questions, in addition to whether the 1828 deed allows for the transfer, include whether the state Board of Public Works would have to approve the contract, as there is a $250,000 state grant that needs to be reimbursed, and whether donations that were received from the public would also need to be paid back.

Furthermore, local attorney Leslie Powell, who is already appealing the subdivision of the property, informed me she has been retained by interested parties and intends to pursue legal recourse should the board of county commissioners ratify the contract.

Frederick County residents deserve reasonable and effective representation, not a government that mirrors a dysfunctional Congress in Washington.

Taking a sound approach to examining the privatization of some government services may be helpful. However, government is not and will never be a business. Representative government works best when elected officials recognize their responsibility to govern for all, not just those who voted for them.

Government exists to help level the playing field, to serve as the referee, ensuring all are treated in an equal and fair manner. It should never be operated with a profit motive in mind, but rather to provide needed services for the benefit of all citizens.

The rush to sell the brand new Citizens-Montevue homes by Blaine and Co. demonstrates their continued reckless attempts to pursue a dubious privatization ideology fraught with problems and the lack of sound judgment.

What would be nice to see as one enters Frederick County would be signs that say “Welcome to a Well-Planned Community”

Voters should demand change in 2014.

George Wenschhof is publisher/editor of www.FrederickPolitics.com. He writes from Frederick.

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News-Post Promotes Liberal Manifesto

Steven R. Berryman


In a barely disguised screed in Sunday’s Frederick News-Post print edition, local web publisher and left wing promoter George Wenschhof was given 700 words for his letter to the editor. But it was truly liberal propaganda at best.

It once again bemoaned Frederick County Board of Commissioners President Blaine Young’s positions on Head Start, Citizen’s Nursing Home privatizations, size and scope of government, and sacred entitlements that support repeat Democrat votes – yada yada yada!

Mr. Wenschhof’s featured piece was entitled Blaine and Co. bad for Frederick County.

An interesting title, as the Letter to the Editor itself insisted that government itself should act for all of the people, not just for the winners. Surely, based upon the past commissioner’s election and sweeping mandate, we know that Blaine speaks for – and is presumably good for –at least more than half of our population.

Of course, the wedge tool for dismantling Blaine here was the most polarizing issue of growth yes, or growth no, but that’s for another column, and we already know that the answer to that one emanates from the NIMBYistic location of one’s perspective.

Growth for you is different than growth for me.

What crystallized and concentrated my attention most in “Bad for Frederick County” was a conclusion paragraph toward the end:

Government exists to help level the playing field, to serve as the referee, ensuring all are treated in an equal and fair manner. It should never be operated with a profit motive in mind, but rather to provide needed services for the benefit of all citizens.

That government exists to help level the playing field? Balderdash says me! That’s the most extra-Constitutional concept I have ever heard. Nowhere within any of our nation’s founding documents can this concept be found enumerated. This ode to political/economic fairness as doctrine has been a disaster to our nation.

Witness our financial insolvency, trickling to all level of our government.

The above speaks to transfers of wealth, redistributions of wealth, and to forcibly moving your money – levied as a tax on your very existence –against your will. And sometimes against your best interests.

For example, why should I pay to bus anyone in from an outlying area to subsidize their taking away my potential job?

That government exists to ensure that all are treated in an equal and fair manner? Really, the fruits of my own sweat and labor are really not mine, but are free to be retrieved by the government for some ethereal fairness, that by definition is not! That is an Obama-concept if ever I have heard one.

That government should never be operated with a profit motive in mind? Really? There is massive difference between holding sway to privatization that makes fiscal sense and what actually is government profit.

Any money left on a government ledger at the end of a fiscal accounting period is not profit, but simply unused funds – still citizen owned – that were once confiscated through a system of taxation. What is taken-in for the treasuries should not take on a life of its own, but be spent for the greater good, on an as-needed basis, as opposed to some as-wanted fairness basis. The concept aired here as fairness is simply politicizing tax dollars.

Transit dollars and the gas tax is another fine example to illustrate the point: Why should the 92% of taxpaying citizens give a free ride to 8% or less that actually use mass transit? Light rail is an even worse spend-per-subsidized trip.

Instead of bashing Blaine for following his good business instincts and mandate, we should be fairly evaluating him for allocating the power of the office for the good of the typical taxpayer, not simply for those at one end of the economic spectrum, in the interests of following government best practices.

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adtwiggiv

Has anyone been able to detect any decrease in local taxes? What in the Sam Hill is Mr. Berryman talking about? I couldn't follow whatever it is he was trying to communicate.

emuumuumuu

Well, if nothing more.. you're certainly impressively detached from reality.

With that said, in the future you may want to avoid spamming multiple paragraphs of copy and pasted text. If people wanted to read your rant, they'd click the link provided.

p-dave62

The writer starts off thrashin’ Commissioner Blaine and newly elected Republican board members Kirby Delauter, Billy Shreve and Paul Smith and ends by appealing to readers to vote these Board members out and replace ‘em with candidates that across the board speak a single voice ...Geez !!!!! isn’t that what the article’s writer is whinin’ about, a block of members that carry the vote ...

A hidden subject here is the writer is round aboutly trashin’ his community neighbors ...they were the ones who decided these members had the voice they wanted their government to be guided by ...so why not just rail against and trash mouth your neighbors Mr. Wenschhof as the demons who inflicted this torment upon you ...


“Fueled by tea party fervor” the writer says ...code for the force “occupiers”, eg: Progressive socialist Dem Libs want the media to brand as unsuited citizens ...man the nerve of you SOB’s !!!!! ...that special group of clowns who believe they enjoy knowing what’s best for you and I ...lookin’ own their noses embracin’ the ideology we’re not suited to be in their clique ...

emuumuumuu

Your reading comprehension is sorely lacking if that's what you've taken away from this LTE.

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LucyLucy

Well I kinda agree with you Puddin, but realize we don't live in an episode of Law and Order where everything gets resolved in an hour now do we?

Stuff like investigations take time, pressing charges are one thing, getting the charges to stick so the person has to actually serve time and be punished for what they did is another matter entirely, and that you should know from watching Law and Order.

I and many others are waiting for the domino's to be put in place and once the last domino is in place THEN we will get to see all of the domino's fall and there are many domino's that will be falling. Many.

Anyway for latest and breaking news about Blaine just make sure you watch the Shame the Blaine Campaign FB page

Inside the Inner Circle lll will soon be posted.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Shame-the-Blaine-Campaign/489681077776883?fref=ts

louie

Thanks George for a spot on editorial. I sincerely hope we can reverse the damage once these crackpots are sent packing. A few years back, it seemed like Frederick County was making strides at becoming a part of the greater Washington community. Now it feels more like an episode of the Dukes of Hazzard. Change can't come soon enough.

backroomfrederick

Empty office complexes and more pop-up housing. The BOCC should love Montgomery County for supplying the better jobs so people can afford their developer buddy homes. They should also be a little more thoughtful towards the Spanish speaking workers who make up the bulk of Republican developer buddies "subcontracted" employees. Well golly Gomer, I gave all the work to my developer buddies now I have to trumpet an official language. Heyyyy, how'd I do dat?

dbjanda1

Can we put the $100 'rebate' in Blaine terminology and call it a $100 'kickback'...ME

fourstoogesandthatotherguy_the

INDICT ... CONVICT ... IMPRISON!!!! The Aurora deal is just the latest of the Stooges' crooked dealings. Here they come, boys! Better be looking over your shoulders!

KellyAlzan

many folks keep saying Frederick county will be like montgomery county.

Montgomery county is NOT full of national chain businesses that pay $10.00 per hr (Walmart, Panera, Sheetz, Lowes, chain restaurants). Montgomery County is full of large companies where most of the employees make over $100k / yr.

Montgomery County has traffic problems.


Ok, now lets look at Prince Georges County. PG county has the $10 / hr businesses. They have the traffic issues too.


With Frederick County building all the shopping centers I'll say that Frederick County will resemble Prince Georges County. Not Montgomery County.

I would rather live in Montgomery county than live in Prince Georges County.

All these new shopping centers is gonna do is increase the need for more lower income individuals.


watson4sherlock

Frederick County is for the most part a bedroom community. It's a place where people live and shop but don't work. The commissioners have demonstrated time and again their desire to maintain this status quo.

fnfn

Our assessment could have been 3 to 4 cents less IF B. Y. had not misused county funds to electioneer for Governor job. Read 23 March News Release on TAX REBATE.

The flat $100 was for buying more Democratic votes, since the lower assessment homes got a HIGHER percentage.

alovelyplace

165 Comments between 2 am and 7:15 pm? That has to be a new record FNP!

KellyAlzan

I TOLD EVERONE that there was gonna be one heck of a LTE in Today's paper!!

I love my FNP employee friend........

valerie_dale

The tide has turned. The minority are the majority because so many destructive actions by this BOCC have affected so many across our community. Citizens/Montevue has become the straw that broke the camel's back. If you wonder, just ask yourself why so many here are engaged in commenting.

The time will come, and there will be a new day and we will rebuild the community so many love and cherish.

grprecordnut

My daddy always told me to never talk about Politics, Religion or money amongst friends. I guess our community as a whole are not friends. Too much division. Nothing good will come of this. Divided WE fall!

p-dave62

outstanding thought you share with us recordnut ...exactly on the mark!!

kjswartz

I thought it worthwhile to look into Moody's sterling Aa1 rating (epi@moodys.com) and found some fascinating tidbits.

What could move the rating up: * Maintenance of structurally balanced operations by the county's general fund & major enterprise systems; * Sustained expansion and diversification of the county's economic & employment base.

What could move the rating down: * Marked declines in General Fund balance to levels marginally above 5% policy minimums; * Failure of major enterprise systems to maintain full fiscal autonomy resulting in deterioration of fund equity and operating subsidies; * Erosion of strong economic & employment trends relative to state & national norms; * Significant expenditure pressures related to rapid economic & development growth.

Anybody see how a sour sale of Citizens/Montevue matters to Moody's?

Anyone bothered by the structured deficit changes caused by the modified WTE project?

How long do we think we will keep our Aa1 rating once Moodys, Finch, Standard & Poor figures our $31,450,000 General Obligation Public Facilities Bond of 2013 was sold April 18th, and the Board of County Commissioners sold a rejuvenated Citizens/Montevue complex at below market value AND with a promise of a future $10,000,000 payout to the homes' purchaser?

knahs

Young finds it easy to take funds away from those who need it most - the Head Start kids, the elderly at Citizens and Montevue. Yet he has benefited from public funds all his life with his father being an elected official and his mother a teacher. I think it is about time he go out and gets a real job and stop taking from those who need it most.

kranmar

Hey Blaine, not so many fans. That's what happens when you stick it to the people you should be representing. At least all of the special interest folks that you've thrown our tax dollars at are still your buddies....for now anyway until they start to realize your political career is over...which is coming sooner then later... and that goes for your lap dog losers on the bocc...yeah Billy your a piece of human trash like Blaine...funny that human trash supports a trash incinerator that will end your careers in politics. I have never seen greater incompetence displayed by a group of people then this bocc. The time has come to reject the poor representation we receive and throw these bums out.

fourstoogesandthatotherguy_the

INDICT ... CONVICT ... IMPRISON!!!! The Aurora deal is just the latest of the Stooges' crooked dealings. Here they come, boys! Better be looking over your shoulders!

wmpratt2010

What law was broken exactly?

KellyAlzan

arranging/accepting a kickback from aurora. news story releasing soon.

money laundering.

wmpratt2010

Is there evidence of any of this?

watson4sherlock

Don't worry you won't be subpoenaed to testify unless you know something. Do you know something relevant?

wmpratt2010

I don't believe a crime has been committed. I'm just asking for evidence that even suggests wrong doing. They apparently don't have any.

watson4sherlock

Since you're neither judge nor jury you're not entitled to receive evidence. If you get called for jury duty please make sure they know you have already rendered your verdict.

wmpratt2010

If they had hard evidence it would be posted all over the place. I say they have nothing.

jrkingmakers

the BoCC have done exactly what they campaigned on yet they get an earful from the minority who just can't believe it. Politicians doing what they promised.

As another poster said-- the ACA was rammed thru because that's what the constituents of BO, Peliso and Reid wanted (or so they think, Unions certainly don't like it). Yet, for the ones crying about this BoCC, what Congress did was ok, even though the majority didn't want it.

watson4sherlock

Clearly in your world the majority is silent so how could the majority support the BOCC and yet not support the ACA? You are contradicting your own argument.

watson4sherlock

Now that you have posted you are no longer a member of the silent majority. You are now a member of the vocal minority. Congratulations!

KellyAlzan

Not exactly true Jrking. Please show us where Ba'Lane and Co. said they would sell the nursing homes.

KellyAlzan

JRKING - please show us where during the campaigning that Ba'Lane and company said they would "Sell the nursing homes".

Please show us

jrkingmakers

they ran on limited gov't and spending. When does anyone ever spell out to a T what they are going to do? You know, there is a reason why we are the last County with a nursing home. The elderly will be taken care of just like every other county in the state.

Perhaps if the trustees had done a better job at making sure the bills were paid instead of a deficit to the tune of 50 million over the last 10 years, the BoCC would never have looked at it. That's right, a deficit. No one expects the facility to make money, just to be able to carry it's own weight, which it didn't.

watson4sherlock

A "limited" government wouldn't have sold the nursing and assistive living facilities. It would have "limited" what it did. Now the commissioners have promised use the money that was spent on the nursing and assistive living facilities for community based senior services.

So why is it that Frederick county is the to the second last country in the state with a nursing home. Everyone just keeps sweeping Wicomico County under the rug.

The reason why the facility couldn't break even was because it was outdated. There were three beds in a room and state regs only allowed two to be occupied. So now $52 million as gone to build a state of the art facility and it is going to be converted to private use for $30 million plus transfer fees and costs of $6 million. Only $600,000 was budgeted for continuing operations.

So are you studying accounting at FCC?

averageterp

this forum needs a quote feature. jrkingmakers typed this:

"the BoCC have done exactly what they campaigned on yet they get an earful from the minority who just can't believe it. Politicians doing what they promised."

Ok, so then Kelly Alban Typed: "....please show us......"

And then jrkingmakers, after saying the BOCC "done exactly what they campaigned..........promised....." types this!:

"When does anyone ever spell out to a T what they are going to do?"

LOL - now you just said they did, now you're asking why is it wrong for them to not!


JRKINGMAKERS also said this:
"You know, there is a reason why we are the last County with a nursing home."

Correct, there is. And that reason is for the fact of the provision stated on the deed. You are exactly right. Did the other county owned nursing homes in the country have such a provision???? Huh, well did they??

bukweet

jill king do your homework - you are running for public office? SINCE 1972 wicomico county maryland has owned and still operates a nursing home. this is from their wibsite:

" Wicomico Nursing Home is owned and operated by Wicomico County, Maryland and licensed by the Maryland State Health Department to provide skilled and intermediate care.

The staff strives to provide a comfortable and clean environment, provide good food and to provide good nursing care in a "home like" atmosphere. Daily charges include room, meals, special diets and nursing care.

Wicomico Nursing Home is certified to participate in the Maryland Medical Assistance Program and the Medicare Program. "

http://www.wicomiconursinghome.org/Default.aspx

adtwiggiv

Why should Frederick County aspire to be like every other county in the state? Do we want to be just like Montgomery County?

jerseygrl42

kingmakers , you are sadly mistaken, they did not run on selling off Montvue with a giftwrapped deal that will cost taxpayers more than $20 Million, they did not run on spending over $100 million to pay back bonds for a private driveway from I 70 into The so-called Tech Park, they did indicate support for the incinerator but as the FACTS have come out on that deal anyone with half a brain and a bit of integrity knows the taxpayers are getting screwed to the tune of $3 Billion over the next 30 years so Wheelabrator and the Wasteful authority and who knows who else can make a killing....wake up already , and these bad deals are being replicated in State and Federal govt and anyone who is happy with the state of affairs at any level either has there head in the sand or is a damned fool .....and of course that excludes those with thier hands in the taxpayers pockets

dbjanda1

Blaine might be BAD for Frederick county but he would've been WORSE for Carroll county...Why do you think they backed out of the WTE project...There are sane people around that don't buy his BS...Me

jerseygrl42

this is just one of numerous examples of the gross incompetence of this bunch of potato heads and much more to come, in addition to picking on the young ( trailers for classrooms with thousands more children to come without appropriate infrastructure , so as to take good care of the developers with non-voidable 20 year agreements, picking on the old who are unable to take care of themselves, while throwing at very nice $25 Million bone to" friends" at Aurora, they next will be sticking it to all of us if they have their way and build a garbage incinerator with 400% more capacity than all the trash Frederick generates at a cost of $3 Billion to pay the debt service and operating costs while doing the bidding of tax and waste omalley who received a $100K check from Covanta and then declaring burning garbage and tire burning to be Tier One Green...the only green here is the 100 G's and think about the fact that the wasteful authority, a state agency, will take a nice bite out of our taxes with a $25 Million fee...and they are doing the same ugly business down the road in Dickerson ( Covanta facility) where Montgomery taxpayers had to cough up $ 41.5 Million last year to keep its incinerator running...similiar size to the one planned for Frederick with about half the debt load....think about what a $41.5 Million hit ( every year for 30 years )on Frederick will do to our taxes with about 25% of the population of Montgomery......and these boys call themselves conservative ...that is a sick joke perpetrated on a trusting and unsuspecting public...this is just a small sampling of what this bunch has done and will continue to do to you ....need to remember these transgressions when visiting the polls in '14

BstD59

"Representative government works best when elected officials recognize their responsibility to govern for all, not just those who voted for them." There are many who voted for this board who now deeply regret their choice. I think it is fair to say that the board no longer enjoys the confidence of even those who voted for them.

stuckon270

Agree but how many you lost deal with it posts will we see the next time there is a Democrat victory. Probably a bunch and probably from many of the same posting this type of sentiment of the last few months. I saw plenty after Obamas victory, and still see them today. The majority was clearly against the ACA, but that certainly did not stop Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid and company, from raming through what their voters wanted.

BstD59

There are many Republicans who do not support the extreme measures and ideals of Young and Co. but that's not to say they wouldn't vote for another Republican, one who is well balanced and willing to serve ALL of the citizens, Republicans, Democrats, and Unaffiliated alike.

wmpratt2010

When it comes to political philosophy, that's impossible. Conservatives and liberals are just too far apart.

watson4sherlock

Not all republicans are conservatives. Not all conservatives are republicans.

RINCETON, NJ -- More than 6 in 10 Republicans today are white conservatives, while most of the rest are whites with other ideological leanings; only 11% of Republicans are Hispanics, or are blacks or members of other races. By contrast, only 12% of Democrats are white conservatives, while about half are white moderates or liberals and a third are nonwhite.

See http://www.gallup.com/poll/118937/republican-base-heavily-white-conservative-religious.aspx

wmpratt2010

"Not all republicans are conservatives. Not all conservatives are republicans"

I'm well aware of that. Not sure if BstD59 is. As for statistics on race. Conservative do not classify people by their race, we judge by the content of character. Liberals by contrast wanting to benefit by race politics. It's likely the numbers a skewed.

wmpratt2010

Btw a Conservative Dem should just be an R and a liberal R should just be a D.

watson4sherlock

I guess it's not for you to say what people should be.

BstD59

WmPratt...there are NO registered political parties called Conservative or Liberal in the United States nor will you find them listed on any ballot or in any primary. Both are simply extremist arms of the Republican and Democrat parties respectively. Aside from Republican and Democrat the only other registered parties are Libertarian, Green, and Constitutional parties. Perhaps you would do well to review your American history.

stuckon270

I partially agree with that. In the long run Blaine is bad for the Republican party. Not because of his ideas, but how he implements them. He is certainly no role model that is for sure. However even those that are much better with the people skills such a Scott Walker are pretty much equally hated by many on the left, and will be no matter how the implement policy. . President Obama is similar to Scott Walker on the left. He is a professional, and treats people accordingly, but his polices will make some hate him with a passion.

wmpratt2010

BstD59

Republican and Democrat is not the same as Conservative and liberal. The first two are parties, the last two are political views. No one can be all things to all people. Just can't happen.

wmpratt2010

BstD59

Also it appears you know little of political philosophy. .

wmpratt2010

"President Obama is -a professional"

Now that's funny.

watson4sherlock

I hate the word professional too. It just means you take money for what you do like a prostitute.

wmpratt2010

I don't believe "professional" is being used in the context. I use the word Professional as one who is competent in their profession and takes it seriously. Obama is neither.

watson4sherlock

Most professionals are more like prostitutes. Willing to sell their soul to the highest bidder.

fnfn

Most of the people that are against the ACA simply do not even know what is in it.

Polls show that when parts are explained, the majority are for them.

Ignorance is our only REAL problem.

watson4sherlock

Ignorance is our only REAL problem.

Absolutely.

wmpratt2010

My problem with it is it's violations of the Constitution. I agree many don't know the consequences of unleashing the ACA on America.

What's worse, no congressman nor senator nor the president read it before voting on it.

bukweet

" Some of the prickly questions, in addition to whether the 1828 deed allows for the transfer, include whether the state Board of Public Works would have to approve the contract, as there is a $250,000 state grant that needs to be reimbursed, and whether donations that were received from the public would also need to be paid back. "

where in the sales agreement are these figures addressed, blaine young? this sale will be the beginning of the end of blaine's political career. btw blaine, where is the rest of the sales agreement on citazens/montevew - is't not on the county website as you promised?

not all of the "welcome to frederick county - open for business" signs have been remeoved from county roads. i saw on recently (smashed up a bit) still standing on rt. 28 north at dr. belt road. how much did the "open for business" sign fiasco cost the taxpayers, blaine? does any reader have a figure or the link?

thanks, george w. for your list of damages blaine an co. are continuing to cost this county. your lte proves that privatization is sold as a ruse to uniformed taxpayers and voters as a way to 'save money', but is is really a way to line the pockets of contractors and big business at taxpayers' expense. nice job, george.

fnfn

Private health insurance was taking about 30%. Medicare was taking 1%.

Private health insurance was better at denying services and claims than Medicare.

Private attempts to replace Medicare costs more. Simple as that.

MCEDDE21

Privatization is a sham and a scam. We see, in one case after another, that we end up paying more, getting less, and losing all control over, and oversight of, vital services.

The sale of Montevue and Citizens is typical of most, if not all, privatization schemes. In the first place, we will lose all ten members of our (unpaid), dedicated, and highly experienced Board of Trustees--to be replaced by a handful of profit-hungry executives with limited credentials in the field. We will experience the loss or disruption of a substantial part of the life of our community--our local funding mechanisms, our volunteer staff, our social clubs and fraternal organizations that regularly sponsor events for the residents.

Second, the BoCC is dumping this valuable County asset at fire sale prices. In Blaine's version of "saving money" we will lose $8 Million on the facilities, alone; another $6 - $7 Million on the land; and we will continue subsidizing operations for four years at an additional cost of $10.7 Million (if Young can live up to a promise--a dubious proposition at best).

In short order, we can expect to see a downgrading of all positions--from RN to CNA, for example. We can expect more job, wage, and benefit cuts--all with no return to the County, just the Aurora CEO, Board of Directors, and stockholders.

After that? Rate increases; transfer of indigent patients; and worse. That's the way shams and scams work.

kjswartz

Has anyone thought to pass this information on to bond rating agencies? I'm quite certain they would reconsider our creditworthiness after two botched bond funded sales.

fnfn

Once the land is given to them for below market value, they will someday sell it for a higher market value. They read Romney's playbook after all...

ronrattie

Privatization is a sham at pretty much any level of government.

Some will say 'Government is too inefficient and too slow..etc..' but when you sell off government functions, the private sector doesn't have the same rules governing them with regards to delivering that service.

Same as using contractors to fulfill government positions. It's a totally inefficient method for accomplishing pretty much anything. Fort Detrick is a great example. Almost all IT positions (about 99%) are contracted out, this is great for gov't contractors, but not for the taxpayers. Because we aren't paying for the employees, we are paying for the companies employees and the company.

Overhead is overhead, you can't make it go away. As someone who used to work in a contract position there, I can tell you. Most if not all contract employees would love to be government employees. To have a steady job and not have to worry about what happens when the contract runs out.

In the case of this BoCC, they want to sell off and privatize as much as possible.. so it will save the taxpayers. How does that work? Whatever function you are privatizing has to be payed for by someone, the need for funding doesn't disappear. It's just shifted to someone else's wallet.

The preferred wallet to land the cost for any privatized county functions seem to be the wallets of those with the least. Such as in the case of Montevue and Citizens. I hope some day that Blaine's kids are just like him. So when he is old they'll sit him down and tell him self-reliance is the name of the game and well.. he's gonna have to foot the bill for his own care.

info21701

So we are still banging away at the sale of these care facilities. Keep in mind that just because frederick county will no longer own them, they will still be open and operating and still be taking care of it's residents. Let's instead turn our attention to the proposed plan to knock down the facility on toll house ave. to build a new research facility. That's right folks. Not selling, not moving, just knock it down. Where will these residents go? And no, it's not the BOCC doing this, it's FMH. that's right, the hospital who lays people off, eliminates positions, owns most of frederick county's medical facilities, and is crying about not having money is going to knock it down to build yet another facility. So not only are they causing people to lose jobs, they are throwing our elderly out into the street. By the way, the hospital and it's mass of properties pays NO TAXES because it is a non profit? They have all this money for expansion, fire employees to save money and pays not one dime in taxes. How about we go after these thoughtless overpaid administrators instead.

watson4sherlock

Services will no longer be limited to Frederick County residents. They will have to compete with anyone else looking for nursing and assistive living services. With an aging population that is bound to be many more than can be served in the current system of care.

alovelyplace

You rub their noses in the fact that while they escort homeless folks out onto the street in nothing more than a hospital gown and provide charity care in the bottom percentile of Maryland Hospitals, they are expanding to provide single room private care and valet services and sending our healthcare dollars to Cayman Island accounts tax and litigation free. And they call themselves a 'non-profit' asking for your donations. When did hospitals stop being hospitals for all? More: http://onefrederickmanyvoices.blogspot.com/2012/06/will-fmh-meet-healthcare-needs-of.html

vmdigioia

Then go after Apple, Facebook, and Google -- why don't you ask those liberal business success stories to pay their fair share?! Hmmmm?

watson4sherlock

We have.

Watch live: Senate committee grills Apple CEO about hiding money in offshore accounts
By Kay Steiger
Tuesday, May 21, 2013 9:33 EDT

See http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/05/21/watch-live-senate-committee-grills-apple-ceo-about-hiding-money-in-offshore-accounts/

watson4sherlock

It's easier to get money out of the little guy. Like the commenter who posted before me. Give 'til it hurts. It hurts 'til you give.

vmdigioia

^^^ makes no sense -- you are the one advocating for the rich to pay their fair share . . .

How many homeless in hospital gowns were walking down Market Street this morning?? Hmmm?

watson4sherlock

I've never said anything about homeless in hospital gowns. You are confused.

wmpratt2010

Define "Fair share"

Apple broke no laws and hid nothing

watson4sherlock

I said nothing about fair share.

watson4sherlock

The wealthy have a lot of money to spend on reducing their tax liability so the federal income tax revenue will continue to depend on taxes from the wage earner.

vmdigioia

Funny how Watson can solve fiscal crisis after crisis -- just make the rich pay more.

watson4sherlock

Are you seeing things? I said the federal income tax revenue will continue to depend on taxes from the wage earner.

alovelyplace

VM - The homeless man only made down 7th street before a good samaritan intervened with FMH security on his behalf. http://www.fredericknewspost.com/your_life/life_news_collection/human_interest/article_06de6704-bc3e-52cc-a400-0197082a32de.html

ronrattie

That all may be true, but they are not a government entity.
They are not beholden to the taxpayer, on a plus side.. at least they aren't trying to please shareholders. That would make them behave even worse I suspect.

Now, maybe if we remove the tax exempt status for churches and other loop holes in the tax code we could all pay less taxes as a whole. Even non-profit's such as FMH could pay taxes, but of course they would be far less since we wouldn't have other corporations and organizations getting over on the tax system.

sej58

kjswartz you are 100% wrong! Previous commissioners put in more time in their role as commissioners to investigate fully each decision they were to make. Most took into consideration the voices of their bosses-the taxpayers before making these decisions as well. Some previous commissioners dedicated full time to this position as a commissioner where this group actually reduced the time dedicated to running this county. I would love to find out how much time they actually put into this job that pays $45K a year.

rbtdt5

"kjswartz you are 100% wrong! Previous commissioners put in more time in their role as commissioners to investigate fully each decision they were to make. Most took into consideration the voices of their bosses-the taxpayers before making these decisions as well"

Exactly, like the WTE.

girlpolitic

t is totally understandable position of the letter writer. When you have no job; are a blogger who would like to be called a publisher; it is critical that the public safety NET is maintained for you.

watson4sherlock

The writer is the President of Carroll Creek Realty Inc. What is your day job?

girlpolitic

Carroll Creek Realty. Is that the place where all the millionaire realtors work -- you know like "Donna I cannot pay my taxes" or "Jennifer I want to be Queen" or "George I can only afford to rent a room next to City Hall"?

watson4sherlock

I don't know, did you tell a man who you knew had a job to get a job?

KellyAlzan

Girl Politic (Jill King) recently wrote her thoughts about the Frederick News Post on The Tenticals web page blog.

She went into great detail about how terrible it is that the FNP commenters comment under alias names, and she even stated she has never done this, even though while she had.

And since the FNP's new format - here is Jill KING, candidate for Frederick City Alderman, doing EXACTLY what she was complaining about in her blog on the Tentical!

don't believe me - check it out for yourself!

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KellyAlzan

Girl Politic (Jill King) recently wrote her thoughts about the Frederick News Post on The Tenticals web page blog.

She went into great detail about how terrible it is that the FNP commenters comment under alias names, and she even stated she has never done this, even though while she had.

And since the FNP's new format - here is Jill KING, candidate for Frederick City Alderman, doing EXACTLY what she was complaining about in her blog on the Tentical!

don't believe me - check it out for yourself!

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emuumuumuu

According to her profile at the tentacle, her day job is 'FCC student'.

averageterp

impressive. a career community college student..........

whalenworx

Pointing out that Jill King (girlpolitic) is running for alderman of Frederick City. Do we want this? Might be a good idea to sit back and listen to the voters instead of contributing knee jerk reaction to any slight against your beloved Blaine.

BstD59

Any candidate who supports Blaine Young will not get my vote. Sorry, Jill King, Katie Nash, and Hayden Duke. No one wants to see the city destroyed the way Young and puppets are systematically destroying the county.

KellyAlzan

Girl Politic (Jill King) recently wrote her thoughts about the Frederick News Post on The Tenticals web page blog.

She went into great detail about how terrible it is that the FNP commenters comment under alias names, and she even stated she has never done this, even though while she had.

And since the FNP's new format - here is Jill KING, candidate for Frederick City Alderman, doing EXACTLY what she was complaining about in her blog on the Tentical!

don't believe me - check it out for yourself!

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vmdigioia

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watson4sherlock

25+ years, IT Information Systems Engineer, Senior Principal MITRE

vmdigioia

Don't be hatin' while hidin' behind your false persona . . .

watson4sherlock

I'm not claiming to be an IT professional but I do take their advice and not hang it all out there in a public forum.

vmdigioia

Oh, yea -- that's interesting -- hide behind your hate speech, you falsehoods, and everyday BS -- because you really believe in what you say.

And then go about with a false smile in public -- your little secret is safe here -- whew!

watson4sherlock

Conservatives have been mislead into believing anything that doesn't agree with their agenda is hate speech but in fact it is free speech. You know from the Bill of Rights that you believe is not a real historic fact.

vmdigioia

No Watson -- you are not Free to Hate -- use common sense

watson4sherlock

Sense is not as common as you think it is. The commenter above me stepped out of line when they said sense because he wanted dollars.

girlpolitic

It is totally understandable position of the letter writer. When you have no job; are a blogger who would like to be called a publisher; it is critical that the public safety need is maintained for you.

vmdigioia

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vmdigioia

I walk the talk dudette -- what's in your wallet?

"The MITRE Corporation (stylized as MITRE) is an American not-for-profit organization based in Bedford, Massachusetts and McLean, Virginia. It manages Federally Funded Research and Development Centers (FFRDCs) supporting the Department of Defense (DOD), the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts on behalf of the Federal Judiciary, and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

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vmdigioia

You can't handle the truth . . . .

"Providing Trusted Solutions for Federal Sector Modernization

MITRE's Center for Enterprise Modernization (CEM) FFRDC, sponsored by the Internal Revenue Service and co-sponsored by the Department of Veterans Affairs, takes on the challenge of reshaping and modernizing the technology infrastructure as well as mission critical business and management functions of federal civilian government agencies. In addition to the IRS and VA, CEM supports agencies including the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) at the Department of the Treasury, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the U.S. Census Bureau, and the departments of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Labor.

We collaborate with these organizations and their stakeholders to help transform the way they do business for the American public. CEM's work enables them to more efficiently acquire, integrate, manage, and operate the business and information technology systems critical to the services they provide.

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watson4sherlock

So what federal money or resources do you use in partisan politics?

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watson4sherlock

Seems like you live off the same public money you want everyone else to go without. What makes you so special?

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vmdigioia

Oh poor dear Watson -- your ignorance is bliss . . .

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watson4sherlock

No seriously why do you pursue the public sector for your money? Why don't you invent something and market it in the private sector? Seems to me you are the slim you accuse other people of being.

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vmdigioia

As I stated previously, you don't know me or my previous careers or current investments ...

But you have made it obvious that you cannot think outside the box, help others that truly need support . . . it is exactly your limited tolerance and lack of acceptance of diverse thought, experiences, careers, . . .

Keep on hiding behind your false prophets -- the liberal left

watson4sherlock

Well a lot of people paid into Social Security and Medicare thinking they had their disability and old age planned for only to find out later there would be conservatives wanting to end all entitlements.

You don't know anything about everyone but you'll berate them for not having investments like yours.

wmpratt2010

SS and MC are going broke. the day will come that the economy simply won't be able to support it.

Ending them as they are is the only viable option.

However I'd be willing to take a few 1000 acres of land instead of payments from SS. Costs to tax payers ZERO.

watson4sherlock

Most elderly and disabled would be unable to till a 1000 acres. What do you want to use it for? A burial plot?

armillary

Blaine's loving his public exposure
but the public's demanding some closure
fifteen months if not faster
he'll be put out to pasture
in a suitably shackled enclosure.

vmdigioia

"What we now must ask is: Why not? What does it say about our supposedly civilised society that the elderly – the most vulnerable among us – are still too often treated as second-class citizens when they fall ill?
We have somehow managed to lose any sense that taking good care of those around us matters.
How many of us know our neighbours well enough to pop round and check if they’re OK, or offer to add their shopping to our supermarket list if they’re having difficulty getting about?
Are we simply all so occupied with our own concerns – the best car, the smartest house, the cleverest kids – that we forget that the old lady down the street might just appreciate a visit and a chat?"

Is the government obligated to take care of its citizens? Markets, charities, religious institutions and the morality of men used to ensure the prosperity and social harmony of citizens. In a free society, the relationship between the state and man is simple. Thomas Jefferson best illustrated this point when he said, “Man is not made for the State, but the State for man, and it derives its powers from the consent of the governed.”

The government's job is to provide security and infrastructure that promotes individual's rights to life, liberty and happiness. Confiscating one person's hard-earned gains to take care of the 'less fortunate' is inappropriate. Public ed., while necessary to some degree, does not serve everyone....And it tries to do too much, like the old cliche "Jack of all trades, but master of none."

Healthcare should be an individual endeavor as well - heal thyself, first. Food and housing are not guarantees and providing such for free does not guarantee equal protection under the law. Yes, people hit snags in life and may need a helping hand now and then (but NOT forever.)

Private sector, charitable organizations should provide the means for these unfortunates to get over the hump. And, how great it feels to dig into my own pocket and help someone; how awful it feels to have the IRS reach into my pocket and decide how to be charitable on my behalf!

watson4sherlock

I am so glad to hear that you won't be filing for social security or medicare at retirement age and feel no obligation to be cared for in your old age.

Actually I think you just trying to make sure there is more for you when you turn 65 within the next year.

vmdigioia

Actually -- a 'means test' for SSA and Medicare is a provocative and useful proposal to keep the program solvent -- but it must also come with spending cuts and process improvements to ensure that oversight of the current fraud, waste, and abuse will provide for those who need it.

I believe in self reliance and choice, so don't be hatin' me for donating my SSA and Medicare to those who need it more than me --

Tell you what -- take a lesson and learn a little humility and try less arrogance --- smile rather than frown -- solve a problem rather than replicating the same liberal failures.

watson4sherlock

Does donating mean you're not qualified to receive it because of your income?

watson4sherlock

That's not a smile. It's a "just say no to the Redskin logo" avatar.

vmdigioia

Such a clean, pure soul . . . yet a mind void of ideas or original thoughts . . .

watson4sherlock

Thank you for sharing your self reflection.

vmdigioia posted at 10:54 am on Sun, Jul 7, 2013.
Such a clean, pure soul . . . yet a mind void of ideas or original thoughts . . .

fnfn

There are liberal and conservative failures. Why not work together to turn them to successes.

The Mad Hatters [haters] from Alice's Tea Party would be judged insane by Einstein because they keep voting to abolish health care and get the same failures instead of working to make it work.

watson4sherlock

You're expecting a lot from the every man for himself survivalists. They are not interested in "all for one, one for all" socialism. On their team if you can't fend for yourself they kick you to the side of the road and move on.

kjswartz

Not a single reference to "Community".
Very cold individual.
I wonder what Thomas Jefferson would think about cherry picking from his writings.

vmdigioia

Look -- the failed liberal policies that you support have no history of success -- especially in Maryland. It is exactly you kind of shallow thinking that leaves the most vulnerable among us exposed to these failed policies.

It used to be that a liberal had a 'bleeding heart' -- it is evident today that people like you have no heart -- just a loudmouth and a penchant to assign your guilt to a collective . . .

watson4sherlock

How do you define success? Show me the masses of people living in tent cities across the country who were put out of work due to the housing market collapse followed by the Great Recession of 2008 the likes of which hasn't been seen since the stock market crash of 1929 followed by the Great Depression?

vmdigioia

Yea -- why don't you ask Pelosi and Reid about those tent cities, hmmm?

What about the Dodd-Frank blarney?

Which tent are you living in these days?

watson4sherlock

Regulation followed the Wall Street crash in 1929. Why would it not follow in 2009? Greed makes business take dangerous risks and the tax payers have to bail them out because their too big to fail.

See http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/cpquery/R?cp111:FLD010:@1(hr517)

alovelyplace

"Confiscating one person's hard-earned gains to take care of the 'less fortunate' is inappropriate." Good to know you support the BoCC's and Billy Shreve's best plan ever to take homes from their seniors via a county back reverse mortgage program that allows them to stay in their home, "like a condo" til they die and and then confiscates their property to provide housing for low income teachers, firefighters and public service providers because only the rich will live in Frederick County and they won't want dirt under their fingernails. There's your boys for ya VM. That's your kinda freedom in a nutshell.

vmdigioia

You have a twisted and sick mind -- evidence from your parsing of my previous comment to suit your agenda.

Tell you what, when you can donate your time, materials, resources, or money to help those less fortunate -- the most vulnerable among us, then you will earn some respect.

But you continue to support failed liberal policies -- senseless criticism from your shallow mind.

watson4sherlock

The same to you.

You have a twisted and sick mind -- evidence from your parsing of my previous comment to suit your agenda.

Tell you what, when you can donate your time, materials, resources, or money to help those less fortunate -- the most vulnerable among us, then you will earn some respect.

But you continue to support failed liberal policies -- senseless criticism from your shallow mind.

vmdigioia

^^^ somebody has hurt feelings . . .

watson4sherlock

I'm sorry I hurt your feelings.

vmdigioia

yes, you are sorry --

watson4sherlock

Not really I just said that because it was a socially acceptable response.

alovelyplace

And honestly, until you get involved in and know the facts of real problems in this community all your tirades are saying is Blah Blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah.

vmdigioia

Reviewing the previous replies --- these are exactly the shallow snips I expected from thoughtless minds that have no history of success with failed liberal policies -- especially here in Maryland.

The government has repeatedly shown failure after failure wen trying to take care of our most vulnerable -- and I stated that our charitable organizations as well as not for profit community based organizations have historically cared for our most vulnerable with the help from volunteers and their donation of time, materials, and money --

Yet -- the fraud, waste, and abuse of the major social programs is ignored by the previous replies and their selfish posters -- these are the representative liberal mindset that tell us to 'do as they say, not as they do' --- and they have done very little to donate their time, resources, or money to help those less fortunate -- but they are more than willing to take the 'collective resources' and spend without thought -- the release their guilt by sharing their collective penance.

watson4sherlock

It's the greedy wealthy providers who commit the fraud, waste, and abuse; not the receipients. People who steal from the poor and give to the rich; themselves.

Posted on Friday, 07.05.13
Feds seek to jail wealthy CEO and others before their Medicare fraud sentencings
BY JAY WEAVER
jweaver@MiamiHerald.com

For years, Karen Kallen-Zury has lived in a $2 million-plus home in the coastal community of Lighthouse Point, taken care of her family and run a lucrative healthcare business.

Now, the 60-year-old chief executive officer of Hollywood Pavilion, a psychiatric hospital once managed by her late father, confronts the bleak likelihood of spending the rest of her life in prison.

See http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/07/05/3487011/feds-seek-to-jail-wealthy-ceo.html


watson4sherlock

You want to penalize the receipients for what the providers do?

vmdigioia

your failed policies are already hurting the most needy --- try solving problems now.

watson4sherlock

It's true liberals founded this nation upon the principles of liberty and justice for all. Conservatives are just the little jack horners who sat in the corner until 1953 who want to stick in their thumbs and pull out a plum and say what a good boy am I.

vmdigioia

Oh my, you are truly proof that a liberal mind is a terrible waste

watson4sherlock

Are you talking about yourself again? Such negative self talk.

vmdigioia posted at 12:22 pm on Sun, Jul 7, 2013.

Oh my, you are truly proof that a liberal mind is a terrible waste

vmdigioia

The LTE writer states, "Government exists to help level the playing field, to serve as the referee, ensuring all are treated in an equal and fair manner. It should never be operated with a profit motive in mind, but rather to provide needed services for the benefit of all citizens.

Hmmm . . . partially correct (provide needed services for the benefit of all citizens) -- but for the most part, try Jefferson: "“The purpose of government is to enable the people of a nation to live in safety and happiness. Government exists for the interests of the governed, not for the governors.”

"Limited By Its Purpose
The purpose of government is to protect our equal rights, and Jefferson reiterated this on many occasions.

"It is to secure our rights that we resort to government at all." --Thomas Jefferson to M. D'Ivernois, 1795.
Moreover, everyone in a free society is limited by the respect for the equal rights of everyone else, and it is government's obligation to protect the equal rights of us all.

The Founding Fathers established a government based on a fundamental understanding of human nature and the proper relationship of a nation's government to the natural endowment of human beings. This is a concept of government that has not been equaled or surpassed either before or since. Our natural rights, therefore, help define the proper role of government."

watson4sherlock

It does indeed. The federal government oversees interstate commerce, regulates the securities trade, breaks up monopolies, and enforces civil rights.

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

Article 1. Section 8.
To regulate Commerce with foreign Nations, and among the several States, and with the Indian Tribes;

See http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/charters/constitution_transcript.html

vmdigioia

One of the keywords is 'limited' ---

Even if one considers the number of functions beyond the delineated powers of the Constitution; so one can only look at the past 10, 20 or even 30 years -- and the number of failures from our Federal, State, and local governments -- trying to 'do' too many things.

"Our Government for a very long time has become way to BIG by far overstepping its Constitutional powers. When you look at the "Delineated Powers" what you will find is that things like the Federal Reserve, social security, and Medicare were never part of that list. Added things like bailouts, buyouts, and of course "Health Care".

The source of all this increase in Government power comes from two lines in the Constitution; "To regulate Commerce with foreign Nations, and among the several States": and "To make all Laws which shall be necessary and proper for carrying into Execution the foregoing Powers." Better know as the "Commerce Clause" and the "Necessary and Proper Clause".

Take a look at how well our government collects and spends our hard earned money -- solved hunger, shelter, health . . . ???? A resounding no.

watson4sherlock

There is no limited. The States and the people get the left overs. Did you check your source for the entertainment disclaimer?

Amendment X
The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.

See http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/charters/bill_of_rights_transcript.html

vmdigioia

Hmmm . . . someone doesn't like real historic facts -- sort of like the revisionist liberal mindset --

watson4sherlock

Someone thinks they can pick and choose through history as the conservative agenda has been doing rewriting history since 1953.

The founding fathers were liberals who believed in liberty and justice for all.

Did you check for the entertainment value disclaimer on your sources? Unless Thomas Jefferson himself tells you something under penalty of perjury it is hearsay in a court of law. The Constitution and Bill of Rights weren't written for your entertainment.

watson4sherlock

Thomas Jefferson was one man among many who wrote the Constitution. Did you check the opinions of all the rest? This is known as legislative intent and it is only facet of interpreting the law.

vmdigioia

Please, don't assume you know history or my political philosophy -- you are simply wrong about the founding fathers and you have no concept of the failed liberal policies -- your flippant remarks do not provide any insight into social programs that help the truly vulnerable around us. The numbers don't add up.

vmdigioia

Ahh yes --- 'Interpret the law' rather than 'enforce the law'.

The games continue -- it all depends of the use of the word, the intent, --- anything but the actual law.

And have you read any part of the Annotated Code of Maryland? How many laws were passed in the last legislative session? Hmmm?

You see -- it is overwhelming -- and the wording obfuscates 'intent' these days.

But the Founders wrote very clearly -- no need to 'interpret' -- pretty dang straightforward.

watson4sherlock

You have to know what a law says, interpret the law, before you can enforce the law. Words don't always mean the same thing to different people.

LucyLucy

and this is a You tube video of a forgotten man in action..

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u4zVbjA0pfY&feature=youtu.be

Warning---you may want to pull your hair out as you watch.

watson4sherlock

The speaker expresses relief that there are no lawyers in the audience. He must know what he is saying is not based in law.

LucyLucy

Exactly, you caught that too. Sounds like he was trying to rewrite and misrepresent history much like David Barton who had tried to rewrite history so badly that they canceled his book over the many errors.

http://content.usatoday.com/communities/ondeadline/post/2012/08/publisher-cancels-david-barton-book-on-jefferson-over-errors/1#.UdlkktjlflU

Barton's book, The Jefferson Lies, claims to expose liberal myths about the nation's third president, but a group of conservative scholars says Barton's take on Jefferson is factually untrue, The Tennessean's Bob Smietana writes.

A group of ministers from Cincinnati also called on Thomas Nelson Publishers to cancel the book.

Casey Francis Harrell, director of corporate communications for Thomas Nelson, tells the newspaper that it had gotten several complaints about the book and found enough errors to cancel it, halt new shipments and recall unsold copies.

watson4sherlock

There are so many people doling out information for the entertainment value alone. Look for the disclaimer before you believe a word of it.

Former Bush speechwriter and political journalist David Frum, appeared on Joe Scarborough's "Morning Joe" today and offered his explanation for why Mitt Romney lost his bid for the presidency.

He minced no words, saying that Republicans had been lied to by a "conservative entertainment complex" and leaders who are "cowards."

See http://www.businessinsider.com/frum-republicans-have-been-lied-to-2012-11

LucyLucy

Oh but George from what I have found out these members of the BoCC feel like they are the forgotten men and seem to be representing a group of "people" who feel like they have been forgotten and these forgotten men are just fine with what the BoCC has done.

This is a description of what a forgotten man is, now mind you this is not a description of real man, just a description of a forgotten man.

"We are the group that defines America; the majority in the middle that keep the country running. Ideals and principles are what bind us together, not race, religion, sexual preference, economic class or gender, but a set of beliefs that are rooted in the teachings of our Founders’ – Life, Liberty, Small Government, Belief in a Higher Power, Importance of Family and Hard Work. We feel that we are the largest group of Americans without representation in government, hence “The Forgotten Man”. It seems every group in this country has a lobbyist in Washington, except us. The truth of the matter is, our Congressmen and Senators are SUPPOSED to be our lobbyists and represent us, but currently they only represent themselves. The time is now for us to take action and remind our local, state and federal officials that we WILL NOT be forgotten!"----Still not sure how they have been forgotten considering who has wrote the majority of our laws.....these very same forgotten men.

"Ideals and principles are what bind us together, not race, religion, sexual preference, economic class or gender, but a set of beliefs that are rooted in the teachings of our Founders’" Do we need to be like the Borg, you know from Star Trek,sounds like we need to be part of the hive and have the same exact ideas at the same exact time to be united. That is just plain crazy, it is those differences that connects us, we are all humans we already have the same ideas and principles, we are our own best lobbyists. And yes it does seem like we as a society are leaving those bigoted views behind that the Forgotten Men seem to hold, so yes perhaps they are feeling forgotten.


"Life, Liberty, Small Government, Belief in a Higher Power, Importance of Family and Hard Work" My favorite line because it says SMALL Government..LOL
I would guess that SMALL GOVERNMENT doesn't apply when it comes to a woman's body or whether or not gay people can get married, nope because then they are just fine with the government being BIG and dictating women's and LGBT rights.

It also says the importance of Family, but yet they have no regard for the FAMILY because they cut Head Start, and sold the care of our seniors to a corporation. So they in fact have no regard for families. None at all.

They eliminated funding for community nonprofits at a time when their services are most needed, but we all know that Blaine hates poor people because he is a forgotten
man and forgotten men have no regard for their fellow man because they have forgotten their fellow man. Oh so that is where they get the name from then, they can forget everyone else in a society except themselves..Well Blaine and the BoCC did that.

Oh and it seems you have to believe in a higher power or at least pretend you do, which explains why Blaine goes to church, because if he is a Christian I have yet to see any Christian like behavior come from him. A real Christian would of never cut Head Start, funding to the Charities and sold our senior care to the highest bidder. Nope a real Christian would be following the teachings of Jesus,who is really a browned skinned liberal at heart, seems like too many Christians have forgotten the true meaning of Christianity and Blaine is one of those pretend Christians.

"Government exists to help level the playing field, to serve as the referee, ensuring all are treated in an equal and fair manner. It should never be operated with a profit motive in mind, but rather to provide needed services for the benefit of all citizens."

Thank you George----we cannot be free until we are all equal.

I will be posting this to the Shame the Blaine Campaign FB page.
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Shame-the-Blaine-Campaign/489681077776883?fref=ts
Because this letter does an excellent job of shaming Blaine.

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stuckon270

Interesting that you would choose to attempt to define what a "real Christian" is. Perhaps I should define for you what a "real atheist" is. Or maybe I should define what a "real woman" is. You have stated that men have no right to comment on what a woman does with her body, but now you go on to define what a "real Christian is", from you perspective as an atheist. Perhaps I could suggest you not try and define the details of something that you personally think is based on a delusion. And I am putting that much more civilly than I would guess you would. After all I am a Christian. [smile]

LucyLucy

See stuckon270 we Atheists are actually more Christian like than an actual Christian, because we give because we want to give, we don't give thinking that there will be a reward from a higher power because we lack a belief in higher power.We give because it is the right thing to do for mankind.

Did you know that Atheists as a whole contribute more of their time and money to charities than Christians? Did you know that?

Did you know that a woman that holds a religious belief are more likely to have an abortion than an Atheist because we Atheists KNOW than birth control is the surest way to prevent abortions?

Once again you have missed my point entirely so I will restate it once again, since Blaine claims he is a Christian how about showing us some Christian like behavior, why is it I see more Christian like behavior from Atheists than actual Christians?

So you tell me Stuckon270 what a real a Christian is since I don't seem to know since I am, OMG an Atheist. Oh the evil I must have in my heart..lol

stuckon270

I will let the readers here make their own decisions as to what they think is in your heart, I think your body of work, pretty clearly defines it. I however do not play the generalization game. I won't define the characteristics of atheists or Christians, as there of course is no complete set of rules and definitions. As an example I submit Shiftless. He also states his atheist beliefs here and I believe I could sit down and have quite an interesting and long converstation with him, without it quickly degenerating into an angry tirade. You see I have no pre-conceived notions of the people I meet, based on their religious beliefs or lack thereoff as all are unique. Evil and goodness are found in all people across the spectrum and making general asspumptions can mean many missed opportunities, and some very real dangers.

stuckon270

If you really want to blow a gasket listen to "The forgotten Men" on WFMD. Really listen to what they are saying. They make Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh sound like MSNBC.

watson4sherlock

I would rather that they be forgotten.

ronrattie

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LucyLucy

No thanks..I already know more than I want to know about the "Forgotten Men" I would just as soon forget they exist so we can more this country forward...

stuckon270

Just for the record I do not agree with the forgotten men on WFMD. They litterally scare me with some of their beliefs. Just like some on the far left, I think their beliefs are actually dangerous for our country. Just my opinion.

fnfn

The truth is somewhere in the Middle, the Golden mean.

watson4sherlock

No the conservatives have skewed everything so far to the right the truth no longer lies in the middle.

fnfn

Ignorance is our only REAL problem.

fnfn

Jesus' sayings, he said to keep, are more in keeping with progressives and when He came again as the Holy Spirit he started setting up a socialist community that still has a way to go.

Jesus was crucified by the mean and big shot ones then, that today have taken over too much of His churches.

LucyLucy

Oh but George from what I have found out these members of the BoCC feel like they are the forgotten men and seem to be representing a group of "people" who feel like they have been forgotten and these forgotten men are just fine with what the BoCC has done.

This is a description of what a forgotten man is, now mind you this is not a description of real man, just a description of a forgotten man.

"We are the group that defines America; the majority in the middle that keep the country running. Ideals and principles are what bind us together, not race, religion, sexual preference, economic class or gender, but a set of beliefs that are rooted in the teachings of our Founders’ – Life, Liberty, Small Government, Belief in a Higher Power, Importance of Family and Hard Work. We feel that we are the largest group of Americans without representation in government, hence “The Forgotten Man”. It seems every group in this country has a lobbyist in Washington, except us. The truth of the matter is, our Congressmen and Senators are SUPPOSED to be our lobbyists and represent us, but currently they only represent themselves. The time is now for us to take action and remind our local, state and federal officials that we WILL NOT be forgotten!"----Still not sure how they have been forgotten considering who has wrote the majority of our laws.....these very same forgotten men.

"Ideals and principles are what bind us together, not race, religion, sexual preference, economic class or gender, but a set of beliefs that are rooted in the teachings of our Founders’" Do we need to be like the Borg, you know from Star Trek,sounds like we need to be part of the hive and have the same exact ideas at the same exact time to be united. That is just plain crazy, it is those differences that connects us, we are all humans we already have the same ideas and principles, we are our own best lobbyists. And yes it does seem like we as a society are leaving those bigoted views behind that the Forgotten Men seem to hold, so yes perhaps they are feeling forgotten.


"Life, Liberty, Small Government, Belief in a Higher Power, Importance of Family and Hard Work" My favorite line because it says SMALL Government..LOL
I would guess that SMALL GOVERNMENT doesn't apply when it comes to a woman's body or whether or not gay people can get married, nope because then they are just fine with the government being BIG and dictating women's and LGBT rights.

It also says the importance of Family, but yet they have no regard for the FAMILY because they cut Head Start, and sold the care of our seniors to a corporation. So they in fact have no regard for families. None at all.

They eliminated funding for community nonprofits at a time when their services are most needed, but we all know that Blaine hates poor people because he is a forgotten
man and forgotten men have no regard for their fellow man because they have forgotten their fellow man. Oh so that is where they get the name from then, they can forget everyone else in a society except themselves..Well Blaine and the BoCC did that.

Oh and it seems you have to believe in a higher power or at least pretend you do, which explains why Blaine goes to church, because if he is a Christian I have yet to see any Christian like behavior come from him. A real Christian would of never cut Head Start, funding to the Charities and sold our senior care to the highest bidder. Nope a real Christian would be following the teachings of Jesus,who is really a browned skinned liberal at heart, seems like too many Christians have forgotten the true meaning of Christianity and Blaine is one of those pretend Christians.

"Government exists to help level the playing field, to serve as the referee, ensuring all are treated in an equal and fair manner. It should never be operated with a profit motive in mind, but rather to provide needed services for the benefit of all citizens."

Thank you George----we cannot be free until we are all equal.

I will be posting this to the Shame the Blaine Campaign FB page.
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Shame-the-Blaine-Campaign/489681077776883?fref=ts
Because this letter does an excellent job of shaming Blaine.

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president8444

Wenschhof and Whitmore bad for all of us ,yes dems motor mouth. Thanks Blaine for lower real estate taxes from 2012 less this year 2013.Liberals just can't rule us here . Boo hoo, george

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rbtdt5

Yeah, she's great just don't disagree with her or she is will start websites about you and try to encourage your finacial ruin. It amazes me the amount of hate people have for folks that have a different view.

ronrattie

I thought voting with your wallet has always been a valid form of political and/or social protest?

If some business associates themselves with a political view, they should be prepared to deal with the negative or positive consequences that arise as a result.

watson4sherlock

You betcha!

0.936 > 0.724 i.e. Frederick tax rate higher than Montgonery tax rate

FREDERICK 0.936 per $100 of assessment
MONTGOMERY 0.724 per $100 of assessment

See http://www.dat.state.md.us/sdatweb/taxrate.html

fnfn

We could have been 3 to 4 cents less IF B. Y. had not misused county funds to electioneer for Governor. Read 23 March News Release on TAX REBATE.

The flat $100 was for buying more Democratic votes since the lower assessment homes got a HIGHER percentage.

munchie

Yea George, what an outrage Blaine ran on lowering the size and cost of government and has the nerve to WIN an election

I understand in the liberal mind that only tax and spend liberals are entitled to be in political power and what Blaine did is considered a mortal sin with liberals like yourself.

And then he turns around and actually does reduce the size and cost of the local government/ This is also a mortal sin since liberals like yourself use government to make as many people as possible to become dependent on government

Tell you what George, why don't YOU run for office and take Blaine on in a couple in a couple of one on one debates? You tell the people how higher taxes, bigger government, and m ore people on the government payroll will benefit those who are just getting by paycheck to paycheck.

But I suspect you are like most Blaine haters - you prefer you scream from the cheap seats out of pure hate for the man who deprived your fellow liberals their political power

That is one things liberals are experts at. Having a nonstop temper tantrum when they lose an election

kjswartz

That is a very good idea. After what the Frederick County Republican Party has done towards disgracing David Gray, for I have seen zero evidence of ANY support, it will be telling if a solid republican candidate trusts the backing of their own party leaders.

David Gray has been a solid Republican officeholder for the past twenty years in a county famous for voting Republicans in as County Commissioners. Yet, you have us believe he is the "liberal" candidate of all time. Time & again David spoke up and said "this is not how past administrations operated" only to be treated as the dunce in the room.

Don't expect my vote unless there is a reckoning in the Party leadership and strong support of every Republican.

adtwiggiv

I have not noticed any reduction in the size or cost of local government in Frederick County. I have noticed a shift in funds from the poor and elderly to developers and a small reduction of county employees, not to be confused with "smaller government".

alovelyplace

Actually Munchie, crunch on this: George supported Blaine Young for Commissioner in the 2010 race. It appears he is most capable of assessing the damage and changing his mind. Just like the rest of us.

LucyLucy

Yep he did here is his article from the Tentacle he spoke highly of all them. Interesting I must say.

http://www.thetentacle.com/ShowArticle.cfm?mydocid=3994

ronrattie

I believe what George is going through is commonly referred to as 'buyers remorse'.

He incorrectly assumed that Blaine and his group were conservative Republicans would be looking out for all Frederick county residents.

Instead he has come to realize that they are completely unconcerned with the residents and only concerned with lining their own pockets and the pockets of developers. Who creates non-negotiable deals with developers?
That ham-strings all future Frederick county governments.

The developers don't need those agreements in order to build. They have been building here and across this country without them. All those deals are just another f**k you to the tax payers in Frederick county. There is a cost of doing business and developers know that, if they want to do business, they have to be prepared to pay that price. Cutting money to county programs for those in need and giving government welfare to developers is just plain wrong.

But Blaine and his boys don't care. They only got elected to help themselves to our tax money.

kjswartz

For most of my time in Frederick County, the Commissioners were part time politicians with full time jobs that kept them away from the office. The commissioners office could take a message, and there were times you could meet them in public events. There were fiery times, but an apology or two smoothed any ruffled feathers.

The point is, past Commissioners didn't spend their time doing the busy work that this slate has done. Busy work that takes a lot of planning and coordination. A brand new Executive position that would have destroyed any prior commissioner's business just through the stresses of scheduling conflicts and homework involved. But this mysteriously happened and overnight too.

And now County contracts are written with prejudice to established communities, and 160 years old services sold as if a County refuse sale. The level of coordination looks very obvious to me. I thank God there's an election and eventual investigation soon.

fourstoogesandthatotherguy_the

Indictment, a very public (and fair) trial and then prison. That's what's coming for one or more of them. At least it should be what's coming.

munchie

So now there is a law on the books making it illegal for a Republican to win an election thus depriving a Democrat of political power?

OMG a mind is a terrible thing to waste on a liberal

watson4sherlock

Depends on where the republican gets the money for their campaign.

Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell Asked to Resign Over Scandal
By Mark Joseph Stern | Posted Tuesday, July 2, 2013, at 3:10 PM

See http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_slatest/2013/07/02/virginia_governor_bob_ mcdonnell_asked_to_resign_over_growing_scandal.html

higgledy

Plenty to go around Watson. http://www.digtriad.com/news/local/story.aspx?storyid=270223

watson4sherlock

You mean partisan politics is plagued with corruption on all sides? No wonder there's a mess.

wmpratt2010

On what charge?

watson4sherlock

The purpose of the indictment is to set the charge.

wmpratt2010

Another none answer.

watson4sherlock

There is no answer until there's an indictment.

wmpratt2010

He must have had something in mind when he made the comment.

watson4sherlock

It depends on what evidence is presented and accepted. Maybe the commenter doesn't know. Maybe it won't come until years later.

wmpratt2010

No fourstoogesandthatotherguy_the says it as if it's a certainty.

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