Thanks for setting the record straight in the Ehrlich-O'Malley race once again, Kevin (and for citing my comments).
Bob Ehrlich enacted 22 tax increases over his gubernatorial term, including two measures that sneakily increased income taxes by $178 million. When Bob Ehrlich raised income taxes in 2004 and 2005, he broke his 2002 campaign pledge not to do so.
Bob Ehrlich's 22 tax increases totaling $3 billion are not the issue by themsleves. Instead, the issue is Bob Ehrlich's dishonesty in claiming he did not raise taxes, and his hypocrisy in criticizing Gov. O'Malley for doing the same thing he did himself.
How can anyone believe Bob Ehrich's latest pledge not to raise taxes after he broke his word on this very matter and continues to deny the truth about his record?
- Steve Lebowitz
How can anyone believe O'Malley when he pledged/promised to keep BGE rates from going up? Just asking!
Skip - There's a fundamental difference between Bob Ehrlich breaking his campaign pledge not to raise income taxes and Martin O'Malley being unable to fulfill his campaign pledge to block the BGE rate increase:
Bob Ehrlich had solitary control over his own actions. He could have vetoed any and all of the 22 tax increases he enacted, including the two measures raising income taxes, and he could have refrained from submitting a 57 percent property tax increase to the Board of Public Works. Bob Ehrlich had complete and solitary control over his own actions when he willfully violated his campaign pledge not to raise income taxes.
Gov. O'Malley, on the other hand, did not have solitary control over the BGE rate setting process. No one can claim that he didn't do everything in his power to block the BGE rate increases. (If you want to get technical, his actual pledge was to do everything in his power to block the BGE rate increases, and that's what he did.) Unlike Bob Ehrlich, Gov. O'Malley did not willfully violate his own campaign pledge by his own action.
- Steve Lebowitz