Md. rural officials, lawmakers threaten tax revolt, mass exodus over environmental plan

Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley is threatening to ram through a sweeping new land use plan that imposes an environmentalist agenda on the state’s sprawling rural populations — a move that could spark a tax revolt and mass exodus unless it is rewritten, county officials and state legislators told The Daily Caller on Monday.

O’Malley has indicated that he intends to impose what some lawmakers are calling a draconian new environmentalist agenda, known as “Plan Maryland,” through executive order and regulation, rather than through the state legislature, even though his fellow Democrats dominate both chambers.

Plan Maryland’s expensive new mandates for rural home builders will make new residences prohibitively expensive. O’Malley also intends to withhold state funds from new road projects and even new sewage systems if they are proposed outside the “smart growth” boundaries designated by his state planning board.

“As rural legislators and county commissioners, we will do everything we can to stop it through legislative means,” Delegate Kathy Afzali, a Republican from Frederick County told TheDC.

“But if we can’t stop it, we are going to push back. We are going to tell the governor quite simply, we won’t pay for it,” she added. “People are calling for absolute disobedience. We’re not going to take it lying down.”

Republicans often call Maryland a “one-party state” because Democrats control all the levers of power. Democrats can achieve just about anything they want through the state legislature, and count on a Democratic governor to sign it into law.

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Dear Ruler living up to his ‘ruler’ status

Less than one week after Dear Ruler was elected president in 2008, Obama’s senior adviser Valerie Jarrett did an interview on Meet the Press. It was then that she declared that President-elect Obama would be “ready to rule from day one.” Little did we know exactly what she meant by this phrase.

Three years later, we now know what the administration meant by this …

Just consider the latest round of administrative actions that Obama is using to address job creation. He is now on his fifth proposal or executive order; the latest is an attempt to reduce certain shortages of prescription drugs. And I don’t expect that this will be the last. Chief dogwasher Jay Carney says that Obama will continue to act “administratively” without Congressional approval in order to “benefit the American people.”

Obama will act unilaterally to do what he thinks is best for the American people. Unfortunately for Americans, Obama isn’t the only politician interested in doing whatever it takes to act in the interest of the American people, regardless of a little teeny tiny thing called the Constitution.

* Illinois Rep. Phil Hare: “I don’t care about the Constitution!”

* Illinois Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr: Congress is like the Confederate states in rebellion; therefore Obama should declare a national emergency and take “extra-constitutional” action to tackle jobs.

* Illinois Senator Dick Durbin: Republicans are “simply standing back while trying to design the bumper sticker for the 2012 election instead of designing the economy to put Americans back to work.”

What is in the water in Illinois? Seems as though the Constitution is irrelevant for politicians from Illinois, and that includes Barack Obama.