Our political leaders sold the lottery to Maryland voters with a barrage of claims that the money would support education. In fact, half or more of the money has been spent on stadiums--corporate welfare for multi-millionaire sports moguls--and for a multitude of other purposes.
Our political leaders pushed through plans for National Harbor with claims that there would be jobs and contracts set aside for county residents and small businesses. Only a very small percentage of the promised jobs or contracts actually went to county residents and business--less than 20% of what was promised.
And the county did virtually nothing to either ensure that the promises were kept or that county residents and businesses were made whole for the broken promises. Despite the many promises, there was no accountability or enforcement.
Six years ago, Rushern Baker made a solemn pledge to never allow legalized gambling in Prince George's County. The very fact that he is holding the press conference demonstrates that he has broken that promise.
Two years ago, Rushern Baker promised, as part of his plan for his first 30 days in office, to establish on Office of Inspector General to ensure accountability and enforcement in the county government. He has also broken that promise.
Given this sorry record of broken promises and outright lies by our elected officials, including Rushern Baker, why should we believe anything they tell us or promise this time around?
Baker and his fellow travelers apparently believe that the people of Prince George's County are as gullible as Charlie Brown who, year after year, believed Lucy's false promises that she would not pull the football away. Poor Charlie fell for her lies and ended up flat on his back every time.
Unfortunately, the politicians are probably right and the people of Prince George's County are likely to allow themselves to be suckered into believing more fairly tales and lies from the politicians.
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Date: Thu, Oct 11, 2012 at 11:14 AM
Subject: Prince George's County Executive, County Council Members, Senators, Delegates and Municipal Leaders to Hold Press Conference on Question 7
Media AdvisoryFor Immediate Release:October 10, 2012For Information Contact:Barry HudsonManager of CommunicationsPrince George's County Executive, County Council Members, Senators, Delegates and Municipal Leaders to Hold Press Conference on Question 7Upper Marlboro, MD – Prince George's County Executive Rushern L. Baker. III, will be joined by over 20 elected officials from Prince George's County including County Council Members, County Members of the Maryland House of Delegates and State Senate, along with municipal leaders from around the County to discuss Question 7, the expansion of gaming in Maryland ballot referendum, tomorrow, Thursday, October 11, at 6:00 p.m. at the Prince George's County Administration Building (CAB) in the County Executive's Office.WHAT: Press conference on Question 7WHO: Prince George's County Executive Rushern L. Baker, IIIMembers of the Prince George's County CouncilMembers of the House of Delegates from Prince George's CountyMembers of the State Senate from Prince George's CountyPrince George's County Municipal LeadersWHEN: Thursday, October 11, 6:00 p.m.WHERE: Prince George's County Administration BuildingCounty Executive Office, 5th Floor14741 Governor Oden Bowie DriveUpper Marlboro, MD###This E-mail and any of its attachments may contain Prince George's County Government or Prince George's County 7th Judicial Circuit Court proprietary information or Protected Health Information, which is privileged and confidential. This E-mail is intended solely for the use of the individual or entity to which it is addressed. If you are not the intended recipient of this E-mail, you are hereby notified that any dissemination, distribution, copying, or action taken in relation to the contents of and attachments to this E-mail is strictly prohibited by federal law and may expose you to civil and/or criminal penalties. If you have received this E-mail in error, please notify the sender immediately and permanently delete the original and any copy of this E-mail and any printout.