This is a great column by veteran freelance writer Doug Gill posted at the Maryland Statehouse Examiner.
Here is how Gill begins his hilarious summary of the “leadership” on display in Annapolis earlier this week:
For someone who likes to speak down to Marylanders in hushed, reverent tones and carry himself with all the emotion of a bagpipe, Gov. Martin O’Malley Monday night seemed downright annoyed as the 2012 Maryland General Assembly Session came to a rather embarrassing, confetti-less conclusion.
And yet, there stood Gov. National Resume – a mere half hour or so after the session ended in disarray – hurling missives of culpability at Curly, Larry and the whole horde of Keystone Kop-alikes in Annapolis that have proved to be almost as useful as a pocket in your underwear.
Constitutionally speaking (they obviously don’t Constitutionally listen), the part-time squatters in the State House are responsible for just one task: passing a balanced budget. Not being forced to pass one as a result of inaction – which is how the latest $35+ billion debacle came to fruition.
It was not mandatory to pass a law requiring disclosure of conflict minerals that originate in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (HB 425), nor was it necessary to facilitate the removing of the requirement in Harford County for a country club to maintain a specified number of tennis courts to be eligible for a Class C-3 club alcoholic beverages license (SB 66).
One job: the budget.
As we all know by now, we have no budget…. read on here.