IT IS THE POLITICAL MACHINES OF THESE POLS STILL IN OFFICE THAT ARE NOW MAKING STATE AND LOCAL ELECTIONS CRONY AND CORRUPT.
Congressional pols receive all of that lobbyist money and political campaign funding and if they are like Maryland where no one is allowed to run against them----they spend little of all of this on actual elections for themselves. They are spending it on political favors and building Clinton neo-liberal farm teams. This is why the Democratic Party is so captured by Clinton neo-liberals. Remember, they only represent less than 20% of the Democratic Party and this is why 80% of registered Democrats do not vote. See the correlation?
In Baltimore, Cummings, Cardin, Mikulski, and Sarbanes all are on this list (Mikulski was just elected and did not make this vote but has been a raging globalist since). Baltimore has almost no political competition against any of these pols and if there is---that challenger will not be heard. As Kurt Anderson told me while running for Governor as a Democrat-----
CINDY WALSH WHO? NO ONE WILL KNOW THAT NAME!
Kurt is a Maryland Assembly pol no doubt financed by these Congressional pols with campaign money and high-end social opportunities as are all Baltimore's state Democrats. Donna Edwards went right into this Clinton neo-liberal fold below with Ben Cardin pretending to support small business while Maryland is installing Trans Pacific Trade Pact and a global corporate economy that is killing all small businesses. The only small businesses that are created today in Maryland are start ups----these are usually corporate university research that gets to patent and go to market after which it simply sells the business to a global corporation----I talked about that university as corporate research. That is the small business she and Cardin support and they know all that has no lasting effect for citizens wanting a business as career and they know it is all done for global corporate profit.
I had a Baltimore pol in a Maryland Assembly meeting ask why a tax break for small businesses was written the way it was-----since a chart showed small business taxes higher than corporate. The Maryland Assembly passed a law that gave tax credit to NEW small businesses-----not actual small businesses. The NEW are these start ups that are sold off for the most part. Both of these pols know that these small business tax breaks have nothing to do with real small business owners----yet they pretend to be listening. Cardin is the biggest global corporate thug.
Capital Gazette: Edwards Visits Gambrills, Talks Small Business
Rep. Edwards and Sen. Ben Cardin recently met with a group of small business owners in Gambrills, MD.
Here is an excerpt from the Capital Gazette:
During her low-key reelection campaign, U.S. Rep. Donna. Edwards visited Gambrills Wednesday, taking part in a discussion on the challenges and opportunities facing small business.
The event, hosted by the West County Chamber of Commerce at the Waugh Chapel Community Center, attracted nearly 30 small business professionals from Edwards’ District 4, which includes parts of Prince George’s and Anne Arundel counties.
Edwards discussed what measures she would take to benefit small business owners if elected to another term.
“I think hearing how capital financing operates for small business, trying to figure out ways in which the SPA can work with our financial institutions to provide some of that capital that businesses need to grow. I think listening to the small businesses talk about some of the concerns they have as far as doing business with our federal partners was interesting as well,” she said.
Edwards was joined by U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin, who is not up for reelection this year. He said Edwards has represent District 4 with its residents in mind. District boundaries were redrawn in 2011, extending Edwards district to include a stretch of Anne Arundel from Pasadena to Gambrills.
“This is an area that wants common sense representation and Donna Edwards has made Anne Arundel County a priority. She’s provided the type of energetic representation that this area needs,” Cardin said.
Anne Arundel is so captured by this crony group and the citizens are so unhappy because of these policies yet Mike Busch has been re-elected and made Senate leader for decades. Mike Miller has Prince Georges County black leaders convinced they will remain rich even as Maryland becomes more lawless and third world.
Elijiah Cummings was appointed Chair of the Ethics Committee by Nancy Pelosi-----both pols from one the most corrupt city in the nation----Baltimore. Baltimore and Ethics-----that is Clinton neo-liberalism at its best. Cummings has successfully kept the talk in Congress squarely on Benghazi and the IRS scandal where Republican illegal campaign non-profits were treated differently than Democratic illegal campaign non-profits. This during two terms of Obama and suspension of Rule of Law that leaves tens of trillions of dollars in corporate fraud yet to be recovered and a crisis of Insider Trading in Congress with political profiteering at historic highs.
IT'S ALL ABOUT BENGHAZI FOLKS----DON'T LOOK BEHIND THE CURTAIN!
Congress voted a bill that said Insider Trading was illegal for Congress and then rescinded that bill a few years later when people were not looking. The point is an equal protection, Rule of Law nation does not allow Congress to make itself exempt. The Maryland Assembly has the same laws on book that protect Maryland Assembly and State pols from public lawsuits even if they are guilty of malfeasance. Taxpayers pay the first $50,000 and most lawsuits that win are capped at $50,000.
So, Cummings is spreading all that lobbyist money around Baltimore making sure that candidates he stands next to get the votes. This is why Baltimore politics is so crony.
Ben Cardin was caught in this same crime as Pelosi
The article below shows how Pelosi and others were connected. Other Congressional pols involved were kicked out but Ben Cardin and Pelosi remain. Cummings will make sure no investigations are ongoing! BENGHAZI!
Congressional Inside Trader Nancy Pelosi Is A Liar
Posted on November 18, 2011 by alanlest
Does Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi have no shame? She was pointed out recently on the 60 Minutes report about insider trading going on in Congress and in her response through her spokesperson, he diverted and accused others of doing much worse. Her spokesperson also did not even respond to the direct allegations and ended up calling the author writing a book on this whole scandal and bringing these charges to light, a discredited author. The source of the so-called discreditation is a minor inaccuracy in an article in USA Today where Peter Schweizer (the author in question) said Al Gore was receiving royalties for leasing out a dirty zinc mine on his property. The mine had been closed for 3 years at the time of the article in USA Today. However, Gore did receive royalties for years when the mining company failed environmental tests on his property.
Secondly, Pelosi made sure legislation concerning ending swipe fees for credit card companies did not make it to the floor of the House before the big Visa IPO. Visa then offered her husband an insiders cut of their IPO to the tune of 5,000 shares and then a further 15,000 shares. Nancy Pelosi’s spokesperson, Drew Hammill, in a blatant obfuscation of the facts said that the legislation in question was passed out of committee on October 3, 2008 also while the Congress was busy working on TARP legislation. Well, that’s great Mr Hammill, the Visa IPO took place on March 18, 2008 almost 7 months before the legislation passed committee and 2 years before the Credit Card Holders Bill of Rights became law.
The point is, Pelosi spokesperson Drew Hammill never addresses whether or not the Speaker of the House at the time of the Visa IPO profited from insider information or acted favorably towards the company by making sure damaging legislation did not pass out of committee to be voted on by the full House. Your point Mr Hammill, is moot!
These are the actions of an out of control congress addicted to spending, money, congressional perks and being just plain greedy. The hypocrisy of our leaders is astounding and this is a scandal that should bring down Congress and get every member, be they Democrats or Republicans, kicked out of their cushy jobs. Are we to really believe that any legislator acting on this kind of insider trading information is really for the people? How could any moral thinking member of Congress take advantage of insider trading information when they know that the same people who put them in office would be thrown in jail if they were to act on that exact same information?
As you see at the bottom the list of Congressional pols voting down Glass Steagall, deregulation of financial industry, and global markets and NAFTA you see Sarbanes is right there. This is senior Sarbanes father of the current Congressman. When I moved to Baltimore I was told Sarbanes was the good politician. He is soft spoken but his politics are right there with global corporations. His father passed Sarbanes Oxley ----a bill meant to hold corporate executives accountable for fraud and it is Sarbanes Oxley that was the easiest crime that could be pinned on these Wall Street bank executives and I could not get Sarbanes to shout out for his own father's law----he said----
I DON'T FEEL THAT WAY ABOUT CORPORATIONS.
Below you see where his family is invested-----in Baltimore City's privatization of public schools and charters and vocational K-career college. No doubt this family is invested in national charter chains growing across the nation. I went to a Baltimore City School Board meeting to speak out about Baltimore's public school privatization and Michael Sarbanes came over afterwards with a stern look. He is Johns Hopkins and Baltimore Development all the way as is his Congressional brother John.
Who is rumored to be running for Mayor of Baltimore -------Michael Sarbanes. They will sell his family as progressive but Trans Pacific Trade Pact and global corporations are not progressive. Neither is using public schools as development tools and dismantling equal opportunity and access education.
So, John Sarbanes no doubt takes all of his lobbyist money and sends it around Baltimore for all of these development and schools private non-profits and to fund campaigns for Baltimore's political farm team.
NO, SARBANES IS NOT PROGRESSIVE----HE JUST PLAYS THE GOOD COP LIKE MARY PAT CLARKE
Michael Sarbanes hired by city schools
Former City Council president candidate to oversee communications for Baltimore system
January 09, 2008|By Sara Neufeld | Sara Neufeld,Sun reporter
Michael A. Sarbanes, the son of retired U.S. Sen. Paul S. Sarbanes and an unsuccessful candidate for City Council president, was hired by the Baltimore school system last night to oversee communications and parent and community outreach.
A lawyer and community activist, Sarbanes will report directly to schools Chief Executive Officer Andres Alonso when he begins his new position Feb. 19. He will be responsible for building partnerships with businesses, community organizations and foundations. He will also develop and manage a strategy to improve parent and family involvement, and will oversee communications internally and with the media.
"What's happening in the school system and the possibilities are tremendously exciting. And I'm just excited to be a part of it," Sarbanes after last night's meeting.
Education and political observers were eager to see how his appointment will be viewed by City Hall. Sarbanes was defeated in the Sept. 11 Democratic primary by incumbent City Council President Stephanie C. Rawlings-Blake, who was endorsed by Mayor Sheila Dixon and Gov. Martin O'Malley. Dixon and O'Malley jointly appoint the city school board.
But in hiring Alonso last summer, the school board clearly spelled out his authority to determine whom he wants on his staff without political interference. Technically, the board must sign off on all new hires.
Also last night, the board appointed Irma E. Johnson as the system's executive director of elementary and elementary/middle schools. Johnson, the longtime principal of Dallas F. Nicholas Sr. Elementary, was named state Principal of the Year last spring, representing Maryland as a National Distinguished Principal. About that time, she was promoted to become an "area academic officer," overseeing a group of elementary schools.
In her new role, Johnson will oversee the city's elementary schools and combined elementary/middle schools, which serve prekindergarten through eighth grade. Roger Shaw, the Paul Laurence Dunbar High principal who was named executive director of secondary schools last month, is overseeing stand-alone middle schools, as well as high schools.
Johnson and Shaw will report to the system's new chief academic officer, Mary Minter.
Sarbanes, 42, has served since 2003 as executive director of the Citizens Planning and Housing Association, a group that develops regional and neighborhood policy. He chaired Baltimore's task force on inclusionary housing from 2005 to 2006.
After he was hired last night, Sarbanes said he was eager to begin his new job.
"Excellence in our school system really transforms lives, and it can transform neighborhoods," he said.
Sarbanes grew up in Baltimore and attended the Gilman School before receiving a bachelor's degree from Princeton University and a law degree from New York University. After Princeton, but before NYU, he won a Marshall scholarship to study at Oxford University.
Sarbanes has worked as an attorney for the Baltimore Community Law Center. He directed the Baltimore City Comprehensive Community Program and the state's Office of Crime Control and Prevention. From 2001 to 2003, he was deputy chief of staff to Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend.
A past board member of the Baltimore Education Network, he lives in Irvington with his wife, attorney Jill Wrigley, and their three children: two brothers adopted from Ethiopia and a girl adopted from East Baltimore. His older brother is Rep. John Sarbanes.
In the race for City Council president, pitting the children of two of Maryland's most prominent politicians against each other, Sarbanes raised more money than Rawlings-Blake and was running even with her in a poll a week before the election. But in the end, the daughter of the late Del. Howard P. Rawlings won 49 percent of the vote, compared with 39 percent for Sarbanes. He has never held elected office, and some political observers maintained that he wanted to use the office as a steppingstone to become mayor.
Mikulski single-handedly sent more money to Johns Hopkins than any other ----Hopkins and Hubble named a Super Nova after Mikulski. When I talk of Hopkins becoming a global corporation from Federal, state, and local taxpayer money----this is part of it. Mikulski is a loyal Hopkins pol. Below you see Mikulski and McIntosh, just as loyal to Johns Hopkins as Chair of Appropriations. Not without coincidence the funding for FBI and DLLR oversight of white collar crime was cut to lowest points ever under these two. DLLR here in Maryland was cut 2/3----and this is the agency tasked with regulating and keeping citizens safe and having quality service.
The Maryland Assembly fills with people testifying for marijuana and gun rights and no one shouts about a dismantled DLLR. All Marylanders know they are being killed with taxes, fines, and fees and they know they are victims of constant fraud but they do not put the two together----
NO DLLR OR PUBLIC JUSTICE MEANS GOVERNMENT COFFERS AND YOUR POCKETS ARE EMPTIED.
No doubt Mikulski gets lots of lobbyist money and where does it come? Back to Baltimore to fund all these structures that keep politics crony and finance campaigns for farm team players. This is what must change and the citizens of Baltimore can shake out the crony corporate bugs in the rug and take back the Democratic Party in Maryland. Political machines must be replaced by citizens politics!
Mikulski to lead Senate Appropriations Committee
Maryland Democrat will be spending panel's first woman chairSen. Barbara Mikulski (Baltimore Sun photo by Karl…)December 19, 2012|The Baltimore SunWASHINGTON — — In an unexpected move that could have significant implications for Maryland, Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski will be named the first female chair of the powerful Senate Appropriations Committee on Thursday.
The Baltimore native and Maryland Democrat, who had been the most senior member of the U.S. Senate without a committee gavel, was suddenly in line to head the influential spending panel following behind-the-scenes maneuvering for chairmanships that played out after the death Monday of its former chairman, Sen. Daniel Inouye of Hawaii.
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Maggie McIntosh appointed House budget ... Maggie McIntosh will take over the powerful role of chairing of the House Appropriations Committee, ...
Everyone knew the Bush Administration dismantled and defunded the whiter collar criminal agencies tied to the FBI sending all FBI over to Homeland Security----this was in tandem to the massive systemic corporate frauds everyone also knew were happening. We elected Obama because he ran on holding corporations accountable and instead continued Bush's suspension of all Rule of Law. As this article shows----the Congressional appropriations committee budgets were so low----and when Obama and the super-majority of Democrats came on board with Barbara Mikulski as Appropriations Chair----the FBI budget not only stayed that low----it was cut more. The only talk was funding for mortgage fraud which we know here in Maryland simply went into the state Treasury as foreclosures are still soaring in Maryland. Remember, investigating fraud pays for itself so low funding should not stop investigations. A President or Governor has the power to create special commissions and that would cover this neglect. The use of austerity to pay off the national debt caused by all of this corporate fraud is the excuse given for the cuts to the FBI white collar criminal agencies. As this article shows-----justice agencies and government knew of these massive frauds in 2004-----and everyone shouted so none of this economic crash in 2008 was a surprise as none will be with this coming bond crash. The problem for the American people and citizens of Maryland----we keep allowing the same Clinton neo-liberals win primaries and send them back to office. Whether Mikulski or McIntosh-----both pols for Johns Hopkins in Baltimore which is one of the most third world and corrupt in the country heading APPROPRIATIONS.
FBI white collar funding never lower-----DLLR funding almost eliminated and what was sent is going to job training.
Op-Ed: White collar crime - FBI investigations trashed by spreadsheet politics By Paul Wallis Oct 19, 2008 in Crime The great cosmic dinosaur butt of ancient administrative concepts has done America a equally great disservice. Law enforcement agencies have been budgeted out of any hope of doing their jobs. The FBI has been on the wrong end of this method since 2001.
The big mistake in government is the theory that competing priorities will wait for you to get around to them. Everything is plural, all the time. The FBI lost a lot of its crime budget and human expertise and resources in the process of fighting the War on Terror, which, ironically, has turned out cheaper than the economic terror of the meltdown. National security has therefore helped create a problem of national insecurity unparalleled in American history. In fairness, it’s unlikely anyone back in 2004 would have made a connection between the securities industry and an economic situation worse than the war. The National Security Agency was being welded together, with administration and the shattered morale of agencies like the CIA and others taking up more space on the meeting schedules and headlines. Even so the Bureau has definitely got the short end of the stick. Its crime fighting ability is nothing like what it was. As the Federal agency with a huge responsibility for crime across all 50 states, that’s an impasse that can’t be allowed to remain. White collar crime, with the added bliss of unsanitary political ideologies about regulation it carries, has obviously benefited from the FBI’s lack of resources. So now a furious public and Congress have an agency which would dearly like to do its job, but can’t, thanks to cutbacks and the priorities of 2001. The New York Times …Current and former officials say the cutbacks have left the bureau seriously exposed in investigating areas like white-collar crime, which has taken on urgent importance in recent weeks because of the nation’s economic woes. The pressure on the F.B.I. has recently increased with the disclosure of criminal investigations into some of the largest players in the financial collapse, including Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. The F.B.I. is planning to double the number of agents working financial crimes by reassigning several hundred agents amid a mood of national alarm. ...According to previously undisclosed internal F.B.I. data, the cutbacks have been particularly severe in staffing for investigations into white-collar crimes like mortgage fraud, with a loss of 625 agents, or 36 percent of its 2001 levels. Over all, the number of criminal cases that the F.B.I. has brought to federal prosecutors — including a wide range of crimes like drug trafficking and violent crime — dropped 26 percent in the last seven years, going from 11,029 cases to 8,187, Justice Department data showed. Not wishing to give hindsight any more credit than it deserves, this is a pretty strange set of priorities, even with a few nice wars to help it along. Crime has been one of the single biggest priorities in America for decades. A 26% drop in prosecutions, unfortunately, doesn’t mean a 26% drop in crimes. Crime is a major political issue, too, and the noisy Law and Order Brigade seem to have missed the Bureau in their bills, as well as their rhetoric. Despite all of which, the Bureau did what it could: “Clearly, we have felt the effects of moving resources from criminal investigations to national security,” said John Miller, an assistant director at the F.B.I. “In white-collar crime, while we initiated fewer cases over all, we targeted the areas where we could have the biggest impact. We focused on multimillion-dollar corporate fraud, where we could make arrests but also recover money for the fraud victims.” But Justice Department data, which include cases from other agencies, like the Secret Service and Postal Service, illustrate the impact. Prosecutions of frauds against financial institutions dropped 48 percent from 2000 to 2007, insurance fraud cases plummeted 75 percent, and securities fraud cases dropped 17 percent. So the finance sector couldn’t have had the scrutiny it needed from the Bureau. There was nobody to do the scrutinizing. Estimates of the drop in FBI prosecutions in white collar crime by Syracuse University estimate a 50% reduction in cases. Just to clarify: Regulation is a formal legal process. There are only so many agencies with the authority to undertake investigations. In a Federal system, that power usually defaults to the Federal agency responsible. Meaning some of this stuff could either be investigated by the FBI, or not investigated, period. Investigation at any level of government is far from simple. The tendency is to produce investigators literally buried under the cases. If you’re using paper records, you can be in danger of being killed outright by falling files. Just to make things even more fun, these investigations have to be conducted under a very strict set of statutory guidelines. I’ve worked in places where a person can become a government records repository with one case, let alone hundreds. It’s hard to describe how whole offices disappear under the flotsam. For the FBI, with a caseload like the Pyramids on a good day, the obvious inference is the whole agency needs not only resources, but methods and systems to allow it to do the work. Add to this Washington’s sickly sweet myopic coyness about regulation of any kind since 1980, and you get a general picture that the Bureau isn’t the only thing in need of some panel beating with its methods. From 2001 to 2007, the F.B.I. sought an increase of more than 1,100 agents for criminal investigations apart from national security. Instead, it suffered a decrease of 132 agents, according to internal F.B.I. figures obtained by The New York Times. During these years, the bureau asked for an increase of $800 million, but received only $50 million more. In the 2007 budget cycle, the F.B.I. obtained money for a total of one new agent for criminal investigations. That’s realism. This, for want of a tolerant expression which hasn’t yet been invented, is the old asset stripping of agencies to pay for porkbarrels, nice plump lobbyists and earmarks. At some point in their lives budgets are supposed to look “nice”. So real cuts are buried at agency level like this, in situations where even the idea of increased expenditure is reduced to an obituary notice. If it turns out somebody spent that $800 million on new paper napkin clips for their laptops, laminated name tags for pigeons, or wheels for non-existent statues of future bureaucrats, don’t be surprised. Oversight of current expenditure is based on rosy views of sunsets, not actual spending. It devolves around not advertising, or blurring, information about misspending of public money, and it’s an industry in administration at all levels. While someone’s talking about “our children’s children”, if you listen closely you can hear millions a second going down the tube. It's so bad people have been hiring private investigators to do the legwork. The NYT piece is full of grim facts, but this is the one that stands out as most indicative of real need: In 2004, one senior F.B.I. official, Chris Swecker, warned publicly that a flood of fraudulent mortgage deals had the potential to become “an epidemic.” Yet the next year, as public warnings about fraud in the subprime lending markets began to approach their height, the F.B.I. had the equivalent of only 15 full-time agents devoted to mortgage fraud out of a total of some 13,000 agents in the bureau. That number has grown to 177 agents, who have opened 1,522 cases. Doesn’t need a lot of explanation, does it? For the next administration, the problem will be fix the calculator, as well as the mindsets of budgeting. The great cosmic dinosaur butt needs a bit of liposuction, itself.
If you read this you would think O'Malley is so concerned about social safety nets, the seniors and poor, and low-income students. What a headline for O'Malley's Presidential run by Baltimore's Cummings. Remember, Baltimore is the land where social service funds go to disappear and become misappropriated. We have third world poverty, unemployment, and crumbling schools. Yet, that headline will be central to O'Malley and higher office. I listened to a Maryland Assembly legislative report that clearly said Maryland has had no job growth for years and is at the bottom in job creation. Yet, this article by Cummings makes O'Malley look like an excellent Administrator. Notice Moody's gives Maryland the XXX rating because O'Malley tied these bond leverage deals to Maryland property taxes. You see the XXX-----you don't see the tie to property taxes or collapsing bond market.
That is Cummings job as a Wall Street global corporate Clinton neo-liberal to keep the farm team coming. I shared last week that Maryland is one of the most heavily taxed and most leveraged with bond credit in the nation all of which places Baltimore especially in bankruptcy----what will that do to social safety nets and public sector jobs and pensions? That is then and this is now say Clinton neo-liberals!
It is crazy that Maryland is so far into debt from credit leverage and Baltimore heading to bankruptcy and unemployment at 25-30% and Medicare and Medicaid gutted of funding, pensions thrown to Wall Street, public housing and nursing homes closing, and taxation on the working and middle-class never higher.......and the article below sings praise to O'Malley for fiscal responsibility!
Cummings Applauds Governor Martin O'Malley and Maryland General Assembly for Actions to Reduce Impact of Sequestration in Maryland
Sep 5, 2013 Issues: Economy FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
ANNAPOLIS, MD - Governor Martin O’Malley and the Maryland General Assembly have taken swift action to protect Maryland’s safety net from the effects of federal sequestration, which is a series of automatic cuts mandated by law that threaten job creation and reduce vital services for families and children in Maryland and across the nation. The Maryland Legislative Policy Committee recently approved the O’Malley-Brown Administration’s proposed budget amendment that appropriates nearly $9 million in dedicated funds to support critical programs and services impacted by federal sequestration.
“Congress’ senseless sequester and the resulting job-killing cuts are threatening our economic progress in Maryland and putting vulnerable Marylanders at risk,” said Governor O’Malley. “We were aware that Congress might make this mistake, so together with our partners in the General Assembly, we took emergency action and allocated $100 million in this year’s budget to protect Marylanders against the harm that these arbitrary cuts would cause to important initiatives like Head Start and Meals on Wheels. Since Congress has failed to fix its mistake, we’re now investing approximately $9 million of the money we set aside to help Marylanders by delivering meals to seniors, ensuring young children can continue early education, and restoring other vital services.”
Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller, Jr. added: “Maryland responsibly set aside $100 million in the Dedicated Purpose Account last session to ensure it would be available for this year’s budget to deal with the multiple effects the State is experiencing as a result of the sequester.We will continue to work together and be responsible at the State level but it is time for the federal government to do the same.”
“Congress’s continued inaction on sequestration is hammering state budgets and service delivery to those who need it most,” said House Speaker Michael E. Busch. “The arbitrary cuts are disproportionately affecting low-income working people, who are most in need of safety net services to support their families. In Maryland, we made the prudent decision to plan for the impact of these cuts and backfill $100 million in the State’s budget. Now is the time for Congress to act, so that states can continue their economic recovery.”
The Governor continues to urge action in Congress to avoid these job-killing cuts. The Governor’s FY 2014 budget, passed by the General Assembly, allocates $100 million to prepare for the impact of federal sequestration in Maryland. In total, the FY 2014 budget preserves more than $1 billion in cash resources between the fund balance and the increase in the Rainy Day Fund.
The nearly $9 million in investments will be distributed to State agencies to restore critical programs and services to Marylanders. Nearly 500 low-income children will be able to participate in Head Start programs that will prepare them to enter school ready to learn ($4.1 million). Approximately 3,000 individuals will receive the substance abuse prevention and treatment services they need ($1.6 million). Approximately 3,000 older adults will receive 180,000 meals, 2,500 seniors will have access to health screenings, and 200 seniors will be provided with home and community-based services, including personal care and adult day care. ($1.4 million). Fifty individuals in need of vocational rehabilitation services will receive those services without delay ($800,000). Approximately 7,000 people will receive job placement and training assistance ($500,000). Seventy-five adult education classes serving about 800 students will be offered as planned ($400,000).
“I am so proud of Governor O’Malley, Lt. Governor Brown and the entire Maryland General Assembly for taking action to protect Maryland’s jobs and Maryland’s safety net from the reckless cuts of the sequester,” said Senator Barbara A. Mikulski. “Sequestration sets Maryland and our Nation back instead of putting us on the road to prosperity. That’s why, as Chairwoman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, I’m fighting for a balanced solution to end sequester. Sequester is not the new normal. Instead, we must continue to invest in Maryland and America — in our infrastructure and in our people — to create jobs for today and jobs for tomorrow.”
“Maryland’s most vulnerable citizens have been paying the price for this irrational, meat-ax approach to deficit reduction called sequestration. I commend Governor O’Malley and our state leaders for stepping in to ensure that Maryland’s seniors, children and families in need still have a safety net to see them through critical times,” said Senator Ben Cardin, a member of the Senate Finance Committee. “Sequestration is bad policy that hurts real families. We must replace it with a sensible, balanced federal budget that invests in our future and returns us to a time of strong, reliable federal-state partnership.”
“I applaud the decision made by Governor O’Malley and the Maryland General Assembly to make new funds available to reduce the impact of sequestration on our state – but I certainly wish this action had not been necessary,” Congressman Elijah Cummings said. “The senseless cuts required by sequestration are threatening essential services and undermining our nation’s competitiveness and I will continue to work to end these cuts and put in place a balanced approach to deficit reduction.”
“While it is unacceptable that Congress has failed to take action to replace sequestration, today’s announcement is welcome news,” stated Congressman Steny Hoyer. “I’m pleased that the O’Malley-Brown administration, in partnership with the Maryland General Assembly, has taken important steps to provide relief to Maryland families, seniors, the vulnerable, and others affected by this irrational process. I continue to believe Congress must replace the sequester in its entirety with a balanced alternative, and I urge Members on both sides of the aisle to work toward such an agreement as soon as possible.”
“Governor O’Malley and the General Assembly have taken important action to mitigate the damaging impacts of sequestration on Maryland families and communities, but Congress must take up legislation to avoid further harm. I have tried to offer a plan to responsibly replace the sequester seven times this year, but have been consistently denied a vote by House Republican leadership. It is time for Congress to stop passing the buck to states and craft a federal budget that ends the arbitrary meat-ax cuts of sequestration and funds critical services like Head Start, job training, and Meals on Wheels,” said Congressman Chris Van Hollen.
Federal sequestration poses a threat to Maryland’s ability to create jobs and expand opportunity. Working together, the State has now recovered 94 percent of the jobs lost in the national recession. In 2013, Maryland has created 17,800 new jobs posting job gains in five out of seven months. Over the past 12 months, the State has created 39,000 new jobs. Maryland’s dynamic private sector is leading our job growth creating 9 out of every 10 new jobs at a rate nearly 20 percent faster than Virginia.
Because of the better choices made together, Maryland stands as one of only nine states with a Triple A bond rating affirmed by all three bond rating agencies – a seal of fiscal responsibility. Since taking office, the O’Malley-Brown Administration, in partnership with the General Assembly, has limited average annual budget growth to the lowest level in recent history (2%), made record level cuts to State spending (in excess of $8.6 billion), and nearly eliminated the State’s structural budget deficit while continuing to target investments in job creation, public education and other shared priorities.
JUST GLANCE DOWN THIS LIST TO REMEMBER WHICH CONGRESSIONAL POLS VOTED WITH CLINTON TO CREATE THIS GLOBAL CORPORATE MESS WITH ALL ITS FRAUD AND CORRUPTION.
The following is a list of senators and representatives who voted to repeal the Glass-Steagall Act. The names in bold are currently in office as of 2011 and need to be either impeached or voted out of office. At the very least, they should be required to undo the damage they have done. Please contact these people and let them know how you feel about what they have done. These people can be contacted by clicking on their names. NOTE THE NUMBER IN LEADERSHIP POSITIONS.....AND THE MARYLAND DELEGATION. I AM TOLD MIKULSKI WAS NEWLY ELECTED AND VOTED RIGHT ON THIS OCCASION.
FINAL VOTE BY THE SENATE
Alphabetical by Senator Name (UNDERLINED MEANS STILL IN OFFICE)
Abraham (R-MI), Yea
Akaka (D-HI), Yea
Allard (R-CO), Yea
Ashcroft (R-MO), Yea
Baucus (D-MT), Yea
Bayh (D-IN), Yea
Bennett (R-UT), Yea
Biden (D-DE), Yea
Bingaman (D-NM), Yea
Bond (R-MO), Yea
Boxer (D-CA), Nay
Breaux (D-LA), Yea
Brownback (R-KS), Yea
Bryan (D-NV), Nay
Bunning (R-KY), Yea
Burns (R-MT), Yea
Byrd (D-WV), Yea
Campbell (R-CO), Yea
Chafee, L. (R-RI), Yea
Cleland (D-GA), Yea
Cochran (R-MS), Yea
Collins (R-ME), Yea
Conrad (D-ND), Yea
Coverdell (R-GA), Yea
Craig (R-ID), Yea
Crapo (R-ID), Yea
Daschle (D-SD), Yea
DeWine (R-OH), Yea
Dodd (D-CT), Yea
Domenici (R-NM), Yea
Dorgan (D-ND), Nay
Durbin (D-IL), Yea
Edwards (D-NC), Yea
Enzi (R-WY), Yea
Feingold (D-WI), Nay
Feinstein (D-CA), Yea
Fitzgerald (R-IL), Present
Frist (R-TN), Yea
Gorton (R-WA), Yea
Graham (D-FL), Yea
Gramm (R-TX), Yea
Grams (R-MN), Yea
Grassley (R-IA), Yea
Gregg (R-NH), Yea
Hagel (R-NE), Yea
Harkin (D-IA), Nay
Hatch (R-UT), Yea
Helms (R-NC), Yea
Hollings (D-SC), Yea
Hutchinson (R-AR), Yea
Hutchison (R-TX), Yea
Inhofe (R-OK), Yea
Inouye (D-HI), Yea
Jeffords (R-VT), Yea
Johnson (D-SD), Yea
Kennedy (D-MA), Yea
Kerrey (D-NE), Yea
Kerry (D-MA), Yea
Kohl (D-WI), Yea
Kyl (R-AZ), Yea
Landrieu (D-LA), Yea
Lautenberg (D-NJ), Yea
Leahy (D-VT), Yea
Levin (D-MI), Yea
Lieberman (D-CT), Yea
Lincoln (D-AR), Yea
Lott (R-MS), Yea
Lugar (R-IN), Yea
Mack (R-FL), Yea
McCain (R-AZ), Not Voting *
McConnell (R-KY), Yea
Mikulski (D-MD), Nay
Moynihan (D-NY), Yea
Murkowski (R-AK), Yea
Murray (D-WA), Yea
Nickles (R-OK), Yea
Reed (D-RI), Yea
Reid (D-NV), Yea
Robb (D-VA), Yea
Roberts (R-KS), Yea
Rockefeller (D-WV), Yea
Roth (R-DE), Yea
Santorum (R-PA), Yea
Sarbanes (D-MD), Yea
Schumer (D-NY), Yea
Sessions (R-AL), Yea
Shelby (R-AL), Nay
Smith (R-NH), Yea
Smith (R-OR), Yea
Snowe (R-ME), Yea
Specter (R-PA), Yea
Stevens (R-AK), Yea
Thomas (R-WY), Yea
Thompson (R-TN), Yea
Thurmond (R-SC), Yea
Torricelli (D-NJ), Yea
Voinovich (R-OH), Yea
Warner (R-VA), Yea
Wellstone (D-MN), Nay
Wyden (D-OR), Yea
* Voted for an earlier version of the bill.
Final vote by the House of Representatives
YEAs (underlined means still in office)
Johnson, E. B.-D(TX)
This disgraceful bow to the banking industry, eagerly signed into law by Bill Clinton in 1999, bears a major share of responsibility for the current banking crisis
President Bill Clinton’s signing statement for the GLBA summarized the established argument for repealing Glass-Steagall Section’s 20 and 32 in stating that this change, and the GLBA’s amendments to the Bank Holding Company Act, would “enhance the stability of our financial services system” by permitting financial firms to “diversify their product offerings and thus their sources of revenue” and make financial firms “better equipped to compete in global financial markets.”