Is Maryland Headed In The Right Direction?
By Nic Kipke, Delegate
Im going to tell you something that may surprise you: Im not in politics for the power and glory. Trust me, theres very little glory in being a Republican legislator in Maryland. Theres not a lot of power, either. If I wanted political power, Id have to become a Democrat.
What I work for every day is to represent my district fairly while upholding the conservative principles on which I was elected. I dont think the government is responsible for taking care of the hard-working Marylanders who can take care of themselves. I do think we need to get out of those folks way and let them run their businesses and do their jobs without the burden of heavy regulation and taxation.
Unfortunately, however, Im in the minority.
Or am I? Yes, Im in the minority party in the legislature, and yes, they push their agenda through most of the time. But I suspected that most Marylanders dont like the direction our state is moving, so I created a poll to find out for sure.
I recently sent out a poll to voters in District 31 and found that 85.3 percent of the folks polled do not think that Maryland is moving in the right direction. What a surprise. Could it be the ever-increasing taxes that my constituents dont care for? Maybe its the fact that your hard-earned tax dollars are going toward paying the tuition of students that are in this country illegally? Or maybe my constituents saw the new rankings published by the non-partisan Tax Foundation which ranks Maryland at number 42 in the best states to do business thats a three-point drop since last year. Only eight states are less business friendly than Maryland.
Over the past year, I have watched our governor bully and manipulate the majority party into enacting laws that are damaging to our economy and opposite of what the people of Maryland have said they want. Our governor is so busy jet-setting all over the country in his role as president of the Democrat Governors Association that he has doubtless barely noticed our drop in the rankings. Hes certainly made no secret of the fact that he has White House aspirations.
Watching him continually push his far-left agenda when its clearly not in line with the majority of Maryland brings me to the sad conclusion that he is out of touch with his constituents and doesnt care to find out whats really on their minds. To really understand whats going on in your state you need to be there more than a few days a month.
I know this may just sound like the ranting of an angry politician, but its not just me. Everyone is getting tired of the taxes and out-of-touch policies. A number of Democrats voted against the tax increases this past special session, saying they were unnecessarily burdensome to the taxpayers.
I believe that Marylanders do not want more of the same Democrat tax-and-spend policies were seeing in our own state. One question I ask in my poll is who you would vote for if the presidential election were held today. Not surprisingly, Governor Romney is winning because people realize that if we dont turn this country around fast well be in serious trouble.
If you disagree with me and want to let me know Im wrong about what I think most Marylanders believe, or if you agree and want to make your voice heard, you can take my poll at www.kipke.com.