"Rushern Baker would offer much-needed change in Prince George's"
Wednesday, August 4, 2010; A16
Of course the Post endorsed Baker.He offers the kind of change advocated by the Post for years: higher taxes.
The Post has consistently editorialized against TRIM and voter-supported limits on tax increases, and in favor of higher taxes for Prince Georgians. The Post also supported legislation to take away our elected school board.
Their endorsement of Tax and Spend Democrat Baker was to be expected. After all, Baker was a sponsor of both the law that took away our right to elect the school board and the law that circumvented TRIM to establish a telephone tax--one of the very highest such taxes in the nation. Baker's history of opposition to an elected school board, and opposition to voter imposed tax limitations demonstrates his contempt fot the very voters he is now wooing.
Reading between the lines, Baker's "Pledge for Prince George's County" appears to call for more county partisan political control over the school system. It implies that Baker's team will increase the cost of government services by increasing the pay of government contract employees and by requiring goods and services to be purchased within the county (and creating more enforcement bureaucracy and red-tape), even if that costs the taxpayers more in the long run..
The "Pledge" includes implied promises to spend more money. It does NOT include any recognition of TRIM. It does NOT promise to hold the line on taxes. It does NOT promise to reduce county bureaucracy, redundant and entrenched administrative positions, or the red-tape that kills or delays and increases the cost of so many public and private activities in the county.
In summary, the Post has endorsed the candidate its editorial staff believes most likely to be able to raise taxes and increase government control of the county's economy and businesses and the personal lives of the residents.
It should be noted that the Post has also endorsed at least four other supporters of Baker's "Pledge:"
- Angela Alsobrooks for State's Attorney
- Frederick Smalls for County Council District 1
- Derrick Leon Davis for County Council, District 6
- Mel Franklin for County Council, District 9