Com­mon Sense Tal­bot ex­plained

Sunday Star - - OPINION -

The leader of the re­cently formed Bi­par­ti­san Coali­tion For New Coun­cil Lead­er­ship ac­knowl­edged a sig­nif­i­cant change of their goal in next month’s county coun­cil elec­tions. Their new goal is the de­feat of Coun­cil­woman Jen­nifer Wil­liams.

Could it be that the cam­paign against Coun­cil­woman Wil­liams is based on anger and frus­tra­tion over her abil­ity to se­cure con­sen­sus and ma­jor­ity votes on com­mon sense com­pro­mises on a wide range of com­plex is­sues be­fore the coun­cil? Could it be that Coun­cil­woman Wil­liams does not em­brace a “my way or the high­way” ap­proach to lead­er­ship know­ing that com­mon sense com­pro­mises re­flect re­spect for all views? Could it be this new al­liance is noth­ing more than old wine in new wine skins through the join­ing to­gether of four spe­cial in­ter­est groups who have been un­suc­cess­ful in their ef­forts to af­firm wide­spread pub­lic sup­port for their nar­row and self­ish view of what Tal­bot County should be go­ing for­ward?

In re­sponse to this “new” al­liance, Com­mon Sense Tal­bot has been launched.

Com­mon Sense Tal­bot is a group of like-minded Tal­bot County cit­i­zens from di­verse de­mo­graphic and em­ploy­ment back­grounds united in sup­port of candidates who will con­tinue to make thought­ful, smart, com­mon sense-based de­ci­sions. These com­mon sense de­ci­sions will cre­ate and main­tain a strong re­silient com­mu­nity for all cit­i­zens for years to come. Com­mon Sense Tal­bot un­der­stands that a ma­jor­ity of our cit­i­zens cher­ish our past while em­brac­ing our fu­ture.

Be­tween now and the Novem­ber elec­tions, Com­mon Sense Tal­bot will present real facts about the solid record of achieve­ments of the Tal­bot County Coun­cil un­der the lead­er­ship of Coun­cil­woman Wil­liams. Com­mon Sense Tal­bot will also present facts to off­set what has been and con­tin­ues to be a mis­in­for­ma­tion cam­paign de­signed to al­low a tyranny of loud voices in our com­mu­nity to im­pose their views on what is good for Tal­bot County on all Tal­bot County res­i­dents.

JA­SON BRYAN

Eas­ton avowed so­cial­ists. They have aban­doned ci­vil­ity for tac­tics of the “street.” I have spo­ken to Con­gress­man Har­ris sev­eral times. He is level headed, at­ten­tive and, in my opin­ion is the best con­gress­man we have had since Rodgers Mor­ton. This reg­is­tered Demo­crat in­tends to put coun­try over party and vote for Andy Har­ris.

Even more dis­tress­ing is the county coun­cil race. We have never had the kind of nasty back­bit­ing neg­a­tive cam­paign­ing that we have seen this year at­tempt­ing to un­seat some in­cum­bent coun­cil mem­bers with neg­a­tive cam­paign­ing. I hope vot­ers will use com­mon sense when con­fronted with this on­slaught of ur­ban po­lit­i­cal baloney. All this angst has been brought forth at the end of the process of up­dat­ing the zon­ing or­di­nance. This was a process so long and drawn out it was like watch­ing a car rust. Af­ter all the com­mu­nity meet­ings were held, the com­ple­tion of the plan­ning com­mis­sion’s work, all the pub­lic input was had, on­go­ing for years, it looked to me like there was lit­tle dis­agree­ment any­where com­pared to pre­vi­ous up­dates. Some amend­ments to change the pro­posed or­di­nance were in­tro­duced at the last minute. Three coun­cil mem­bers de­cided to vote to ap­prove the body of work the process had for­mu­lated. Now we are be­ing asked to dis­miss these very ca­pa­ble lead­ers outright be­cause they would not yield to last minute changes. This reg­is­tered Demo­crat will put county over party and vote to re­turn Corey Pack, Jen­nifer Wil­liams and Chuck Cal­la­han to the county coun­cil. Don’t re­ward “Big City” tac­tics, money and nas­ti­ness in our lo­cal elec­tion.

ED HEIKES St. Michaels Se­cu­rity Ad­min­is­tra­tion. For years, Saul has ad­vo­cated for dras­tic cuts to So­cial Se­cu­rity.

Con­trary to Thomas’s as­ser­tions, the Repub­li­can Party ad­vo­cates cut­ting So­cial Se­cu­rity and Medi­care.

Thomas also crit­i­cized CBO pro­jec­tions, “it is not cer­tain that there will be a deficit that large.” All right. Let’s use the ac­tual fig­ures.

For fis­cal year 2018 (which ended at midnight Septem­ber 30), the CBO pro­jected a deficit of $793 bil­lion. The Trea­sury cal­cu­lated the ac­tual deficit at $779 bil­lion. The dif­fer­ence be­tween the es­ti­mate and the ac­tual deficit was less than 1.8 per­cent. In­ci­den­tally, the CBO projects the cur­rent fis­cal year deficit at $973 bil­lion. The CBO at­trib­uted much of the deficit to “re­cently en­acted leg­isla­tive changes… in par­tic­u­lar, pro­vi­sions of the

2017 tax act.”

And guess what: the na­tional debt in­creased by $1.25 tril­lion in fis­cal year 2018. How does

$1.25 tril­lion get added to the na­tional debt when the deficit is “only” $779 bil­lion? Trea­sury says the govern­ment bor­rowed $471 bil­lion more than the deficit. Repub­li­cans con­trol the House, the Se­nate and the White House. They alone cre­ated the $779 bil­lion deficit and they alone added

$1.25 tril­lion to the debt. In a sin­gle year.

And they’re us­ing that debt to jus­tify cut­ting So­cial Se­cu­rity and Medi­care.

JIM PATCHETT

Eas­ton

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