Saturday, February 28, 2015

How Is FOXNews and Bill O'Reilly Weathering the "O'Reilly Scandal?" -- Appears Just Fine!



So how is FOXNews weathering the O’Reilly storm?  According to the widely respected Public Policy Polling conducted 26 February 2015, the week after the “O’Reilly Scandal” broke, here is how the public ranked all broadcast news outlets for Trustworthiness (most to least):

1. FOXNews      32%
2. PBS              14%
3. CNN              14%
4. ABC News     10%
5. CBS News      9%
6. NBC News      5%
7. MSNBC           4%  (Only 6% of Democrats even considered MSNBC Trustworthy!)

…so how is Bill O’Reilly standing up to the competition in the wake of his “scandal?”  Here are the latest released Nielsen rating numbers for 26 Feb 2015:

Net
8PM
P2+ (000s)
25-54 (000s)
35-64 (000s)
FOXN
THE OREILLY FACTOR
3,106
557
1,138
CNN
Anderson Cooper 360
582
204
295
MSNB
ALL IN W/ CHRIS HAYES
653
149
277

Net
11PM
P2+ (000s)
25-54 (000s)
35-64 (000s)
FOXN
THE OREILLY FACTOR
1,033
262
480
CNN
Anderson Cooper 360
369
134
200
MSNB
ALL IN W/ CHRIS HAYES
217
79
106

As a matter of fact, right after the “scandal” broke, Bill’s 23 Feb numbers jumped to 3,336,000.  Bill is even clobbers the competition in the coveted 25-54 year old demographic.

Whatever Bill's doing it seems to be working so if I were Bill, I'd keep on doing it. Before long the only people that will be watching Anderson and Chris will be their close friends and relatives.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Has Good Ole “Uncle Joe” Biden Morphed into “Creepy Uncle Joe” Biden with His Latest Antics Groping Women and Children?

There was once a time when Joe’s antics just illustrated how stupid he really was but lately they have crossed over to scary as illustrated by two recent pictures in the press, one during the swearing in ceremony for Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter and the other at a ceremonial Senate oath reenactment for Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE).  The only words I can think of to describe his conduct are “lecherous” and “pedophilia.”

Here is the picture of Biden getting “up close and personal” with new Defense Secretary Ashton Carter’s wife Stephanie at the 17 Feb 15 swearing in at the White House:

If I had been Secretary Carter and someone was molesting my wife like that I would have paused my speech to turn around and beat him senseless.  I was waiting for Biden to start fondling her breasts! 

As for disgusting pictures of Biden, here he is groping 12 year old Maggie Coons at her father’s Senate swearing-in reenactment on Capitol Hill on 6 Jan 15.

This is the one that caused Biden’s nickname to change from “Uncle Joe” to “Creepy Uncle Joe.”  It was simply sickening.  Appears Joe has expanded the “Democrat War on Women” to include little girls.

I know President Obama initially selected him as a running mate in part to fill the role of designated "butt of jokes" for the late night comedians -- a role for which he has proven to be ideally suited and eminently well qualified. Obama’s biggest challenge has been “Hidin Biden" but with his history of gaffs, plagiarism, draft dodging and other dumb stunts, it hasn’t been easy and I can't imagine Biden every being president.

I have posted on my Blog here (http://old-soldier-colonel.blogspot.com/2010/10/who-had-worst-week-in-washington-vice.html ) a collection of amusing yet cringe-worthy "Bidenisms" made during the vice president's political career that clearly show Joe was NOT ready for Prime Time but these latest disgusting pictures indicate an even darker side of Joe that might even be dangerous.

If you really want to get to know “Creepy Uncle Joe,” I’ve also got some good articles about on my Blog about how he Dodged the Draft when he got his “Greeting from the President” induction notice back during the Vietnam War.  Back then he was known as Joe “5-Deferrment” Biden and the machinations he went through to send someone less eligible and definitely less educated to War in his place are telling about his long standing character flaws.  “Creepy Uncle Joe” must have been so old fashion that he still believed in the old Civil War practice of having a substitute serve in the Army for you.

As an added bonus to illustrate how “Creepy Uncle Joe” still hasn’t overcome his propensity for gaffs, exaggeration, and out right lying (a la his Draft experience), I’ll include below his recent award of the coveted Four Pinocchios by the Washington Post Fact Checker on 18 Feb 15 for his whopper about Somali cab drivers.  Just shows no matter how trivial the subject, Joe needs to lie about it.


Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Ineffective Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert “Battlefield Bob” McDonald Awarded the Prestigious Four Pinocchios by the Washington Post for Lying to the Nation

Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert "Battlefield Bob" McDonald is not only a consummate liar but he’s just too arrogant and full of himself to be effective.  One thing is for sure, he has “gone native” and become part of the VA bureaucracy he was appointed to reform.  His arrogance was “on parade” at the 11 February Congressional hearing on his agency’s budget when he got ­defensive and snapped at Rep Mike Coffman ­(R-CO) when he CORRECTLY suggested McDonald had accomplished little in his first six months on the job. Coffman accurately accused McDonald of “glossing over” the problems that still plague services for veterans and said he thinks McDonald “will not have made a difference in changing the culture” by the end of the Obama administration.


“I ran a large company, sir, what have you done?” McDonald said to in a heated exchange.  In all fairness, McDonald was CEO of Procter & Gamble but Coffman had founded a successful property-management firm and served as Colorado’s secretary of state and treasurer before being elected to Congress in 2009.  He also had two combat tours as a Marine!

Then on NBC “Meet the Press” on 15 Feb. 2015 “Battlefield Bob” uttered this lie:  “Nine hundred people have been fired since I became secretary. We’ve got 60 people that we fired who have manipulated wait times.”

Thankfully, within days Washington Post Fact Checker Michelle Ye Hee Lee blew the whistle on “Battlefield Bob” and awarded him the prestigious Four Pinocchios for wildly inflating his “firing” statistics.

The WaPo pointed out that the VA is the largest non-military Cabinet agency with more than 340,000 employees (as of September 2014) so even if 900 employees were fired, they accounted for less than 0.3 percent of all VA employees. Plus, in fiscal year 2013, there were 2,247 VA employees fired in that one year -- two and half times more than McDonald’s 900 figure and before a massive systemic problem was found – and that is about the VA’s normal annual dismissals for misconduct such as insubordination and chronic absenteeism.

Remember, two days after McDonald took office Congress passed legislation authorizing him to expedite disciplinary actions for senior executives. It was notoriously difficult to fire senior executives at the VA — at a one-fourth rate than the firing rate for all federal agencies -- so the goal was to allow the VA chief to replace bad actors quickly, especially ones connected to the scandal. 

In his “Meet the Press” interview, McDonald lied when he said 60 employees who manipulated wait times were fired.  Actually, as of his 15 February TV appearance only eight employees had been removed and even this is misleading because all except one were low level employees and he had used his new personnel authority to remove senior executives only once to fire someone for anything related to the VA scandal — that one was James Talton, director of Central Alabama’s VA.

Hence, with seven (7) months on the job, McDonald has done little to fix the VA scandals and seems more interested in protecting the VA workforce than rooting out the deadwood. This is what you get when you select faux-Vets like "Battlefield Bob" McDonald and  “Slow to Combat” Slone Gibson as VA Secretary and Deputy Secretary; just what we need to “help” and “lead” our troops after we’ve been engaged in protracted combat for the past 14 years. Both are West Pointers that bailed out of uniform the very second they could after the payback time for their free education - without ever even serving in a combat zone let alone hearing a shot fired in anger.  Neither even bothered to remain in the Army Reserve as doing so might someday subject them to danger!  So much for "Duty - Honor - Country!" and “a Cadet does not lie, cheat nor steal or tolerate those that do!” Both faux-Vets have demonstrated they possess the requisite detachment to continue the VA’s absolute indifference towards Vets.

Now let’s contrast “Battlefield Bob’s” Military creds with the service of Mike Coffman (R-CO), the man he “snapped” at during his 11 Feb budget hearing.  Coffman, the son of a career Army officer, enlisted in the Army Infantry in 1972 at age 17.  When he left active duty at the end of his enlistment to attend college, he remained in the Army Reserves.  Upon graduation in 1979, he transferred to the Marine Corps and served on active duty as an Infantry Officer until 1983 but remained in the Marine Reserves retiring in 1994 at the rank of Major.  During the Gulf War he was called to active duty and actually SAW COMBAT as a Marine light armored Infantry officerIn 2005 he returned to Active Duty to serve in the Iraq War where he supported elections and helped establish interim local governments in the western Euphrates Valley; he completed his duty in Iraq in 2006.

Now, who between “Battlefield Bob” and “Major Mike” possesses the better political acumen and Military credibility to look after the interests of Veterans?  In the opinion of this Combat Vet (with a CIB) “Major Mike” gets my vote!  Maybe it’s time “Battling Bob” and his Number Two, “Slow to Combat” Slone go back to working with the USO where they came from and the President find a new secretary that is up to the job – hopefully someone that’s been steeled by Combat!


But the best example of “Battlefield Bob’s” incompetence is contained in

Friday, January 16, 2015

Birdman with $38 Million Might Have Won the Oscar But American Sniper with $428 Million Won What Counts -- The Box Office Take!

THE PUBLIC HAS ALREADY VOTED WITH THEIR WALLETS!

Although I truly appreciate the critics picking Birdman as the best movie picture of the year and winners in all the other categories, but in the ONLY category that really countsMONEY MADE – it appears the American and International movie going public had already made their decisions.  When it comes to picking movies, I normally "trust the mob" so here is how the American movie going and paying public ranked this year’s movies as of 23 February 2015.

Domestic Rank, Movie, Box Office Receipts (Domestic & Worldwide with worldwide ranking)
  1. Hunger Games: Mockingjay -- $336.4M Domestic - $751.4 Worldwide (#5)
  2. Guardians of the Galaxy -- $333.2M Domestic - $772.2M Worldwide (#3)
  3. American Sniper -- $319.6M Domestic - $428.1 Worldwide (#18)
  4. Captain America:  The Winter Soldier -- $259.8M Domestic - $714.8M Worldwide (#7)
  5. The Lego Movie -- $257.8M Domestic - $468.8 Worldwide (#16)
  6. The Hobbit:  The Battle of the Five Armies -- $253.8M Domestic - $951.4M Worldwide (#2)
  7. The Transformers: Age of Extinction -- $245.4 Domestic - $1,0914M Worldwide (#1)
  8. Meleficent -- $241.4 Domestic - $758.4M Worldwide (#4)
Notice NONE of the eight nominated movies is the top money maker of the past year although the Top Earning nominee, American Sniper, is #3 domestically and #18 internationally and has made over $428 Million Worldwide.

Although it is obvious that Hunger Games: Mockingjay with $336.4M Domestic earnings and $751.4 Worldwide or maybe The Transformers: Age of Extinction with $245.4 Domestic and over $1 Billion Worldwide should be this year's Oscar winner, the winner had to come from the nominees selected by their Hollywood elite peers so here is how “the mob” has ranked the nominees according to how they spent their money:
  1. American Sniper -- $319.6M Domestic (#3) - $428.1M Worldwide (#18)
  2. The Imitation Game -- $83.9M Domestic (#41) - $160.8M Worldwide (#45)
  3. Grand Budapest Hotel -- $59.1M Domestic (#55) - $174.6M Worldwide (#42)
  4. Selma -- $49.6M Domestic (#67) - $49.6 Worldwide (#100)
  5. Birdman -- $37.7M Domestic (#82) - $76.5M Worldwide (#81)
  6. The Theory of Everything -- $34.1M Domestic (#86) - $104.1M Worldwide (#63)
  7. Boyhood -- $25.3M Domestic (#101) - $44.4M Worldwide (#105)
  8. Whiplash -- $11.3M Domestic (#127) - $12.2M Worldwide (#153)
No contest ….and the WINNER is, bank statement Please (drum roll), the hands down winner by a country mile is (sorry Michael Moore, Seth Rogen and Birdman):

American Sniper!

Until next year, here’s the Old Colonel wishing you an enjoyable night at the movies!

Friday, January 2, 2015

District of Columbia 2014 Homicide Rate Once Again Tops Maryland’s and Blows Away Virginia’s!

Each New Years Day I anxiously await the Washington Post article exposing the homicide stats for the District of Columbia, our Nation’s Capital, and the surrounding suburbs so I can confirm how luck I am to live in Virginia where I have the freedom to own a gun for self-protection.  From the stats it is very obvious that homicidal maniacs would much rather commit their crimes in jurisdictions like DC and Maryland that not only don’t have the death penalty but where they have little chance of being confronted by a law abiding citizen who just might have a gun of their own!

This year’s WaPo article: Homicides remain steady in District, Prince George’s ( Link at: http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/crime/homicides-remain-steady-in-district-prince-georges/2014/12/31/cccb5428-8606-11e4-9534-f79a23c40e6c_story.html ) shows that a DC resident, where firearms are virtually impossible to own, is 16.32 times more likely to be a homicide victim then one of us Gun Tottin Virginians who live in a state where gun ownership is almost unrestricted.  Even a Marylander, with increasingly strict gun laws under outgoing Gov O’Malley, was 4.1 times less likely to be a homicide victim than a DC resident; much better than DC but a Marylander is still almost 4 times more likely to be a homicide victim than one of us Virginia Gun Totters!

Like in past years, the WaPo curiously makes no attempt to explain the disparity in rates among the various jurisdictions but even a cursory analysis of the stats might reveal a motive for why the Liberal WaPo does no analysis -- could it be because it would clearly demonstrate the dramatically inverse relationship between homicide rates and restrictions on gun ownership. 

For you doubters who might want to run the figures for themselves, here is the detailed math for the 2014 numbers using the latest population estimates from Census Bureau and the Stats in the article:

DC population = 646,449
2014 Homicides = 105
2014 Homicide Rate = 16.268 / 100,000 people.

Maryland DC-suburbs of Montgomery & Prince George’s Counties
Population = 1,906,758 (Montgomery = 1,016,677; PG = 890,081)
2014 Homicides = 76
2014 Homicide Rate = 3.986 / 100,000.


Virginia suburbs of Alexandria City, and Arlington and Fairfax Counties
Population = 1,504,722 (Alexandria = 148,892, Arlington = 224,906, Fairfax = 1,130,924)
2014 Homicides = 15 homicides
2014 Homicide Rate = .997 / 100,000



Comparison of DC to VA = 16.268/.997 = A DC resident is 16.32 times more likely to be a victim than a Virginian

Comparison of DC to MD = 16.268/3.986 = A DC Resident is 4.08 times more likely to be a victim than a Marylander

Comparison of MD to VA = 3.986/.997 = A Marylander is 3.998 times more likely to be a victim than a Virginian

Now I’m not opposed to registration and some reasonable limits on ownership such as terrorists, ex-cons and the mentally unstable but there should be no restrictions on ownership by average citizens – anywhere in the US. There is a “God-given” right of self protection, especially in one’s own home, and a gun is the only way to exercise that right. If you don’t believe me, just ask any Bostonian who was subject to the “hide in your home” order during the Boston Marathon Bomber manhunt. One has to go no further than right here in our own DC-area backyard to clearly demonstrate that contrary to liberal rhetoric, it is an “inconvenient truth” that “guns actually do make us safer.” Case in point, Virginia has by far the laxest gun laws and the least gun violence of any of the surrounding jurisdictions.  Could it be criminals are not so anxious to attack law-abiding citizens if they might be "packing heat?"

I would add that for those of you that are sincerely worried about the safety of children in homes with guns, I would suggest that your energies would be far more productive in saving children’s lives if you were to crusade against home swimming pools.  In any given year in this country there is one child drowning death for every 11,000 residential swimming pools or 550 children under the age of 10 drown every year in our 6 million pools. Meanwhile there is one child killed by a gun for every one million (plus) guns in this country or with about 200 million guns, approximately 175 children die. This means a child is over 100 times more likely to drown in a pool than be killed by a gun. Hence, banning residential pools is a much more effective way of protecting children than banning fire arms.

Friday, October 17, 2014

DEMS LIE (ABOUT EBOLA) – PEOPLE DIE!

The absurd claim that only Republicans are to blame for cuts to Ebola research earned Democrats Four (4) Pinocchios from the Washington Post Fact Checker


The left-wing Agenda Project Action Fund ad “Republican cuts kill” blaming Republican spending cuts for Ebola deaths is TOTAL BS

So what does the Agenda Project Action Fund do?  They double down with another lie-filled ad which the Fact Checker labels as “simply a more extreme version of a new Democratic talking point — that GOP budget cuts have harmed the nation’s ability to handle the Ebola outbreak” when nothing could be further from the truth! The actual article is included below this blog posting if you want to read what the Fact Checker really said.

Then the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee launched online a slightly more nuanced version of this theme ridiculously equating a congressional budget vote in 2011 with a vote for the House GOP budget in 2014 that they falsely characterize as protected special interests.

This attack was precipitated by remarks by the now thoroughly discredited Obama appointed National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director Francis Collins.  He told the Huffington Post (other than MSNBC the only quasi-news outlet that would believe him) that the agency has been working on an Ebola vaccine for more than a decade but was hampered by shrinking budgets. “Frankly, if we had not gone through our 10-year slide in research support, we probably would have had a vaccine in time for this that would’ve gone through clinical trials and would have been ready,” Collins said.  This turned out to be totally untrue but being an Obama appointee why should this surprise anyone.

The Facts, according to the Washington Post and verified by NIH are that the differences between the budget requests submitted to Congress by the NIH and the CDC and what they got amount to rounding errors.

For NIH, since 2006 there has been relatively little change in the size of the budget, going from about $28.5 billion in 2006 to $30.14 billion in 2014. That’s a slight increase, but in real terms that’s a cut given the impact of inflation. (The agency also received a $10 billion windfall in 2009 from the stimulus law.) Here’s an illustration of the budget in real terms.

Congress usually gives NIH about what the president requested in his Budget and in 2013 Congress even gave the NIH more than what the White House requested.  This was affected by Sequestration but don’t forget that Sequester was a White House proposal designed to force Congress to either swallow painful cuts or boost taxes. The law mandating sequestration passed on a bipartisan vote!

Then, for fiscal year 2015 it was the Obama White House budget that proposed to cut the NIH’s budget from the previous year. It was Republican President George W. Bush that was responsible for significantly boosting NIH’s funding while the high point for the Obama administration NIH funding request was 2011.  For the specific NIH branch that deals with infectious diseases, funding jumped from $1.8 billion in 2000 to $4.3 billion in 2004 — but funding has been flat since then. Funding in 2014 was again $4.3 billion – exactly what the White House requested but that’s effectively a cut over time because of inflation.

The CDC experienced a similar pattern with their budget around $6.5 billion in recent years.  Since 2010 CDC receives both a Congressional appropriation and hundreds of millions of dollars from the Prevention and Public Health Fund established by the Affordable Care Act.  Before 2008, CDC received less than $6 billion a year but in 2013, the White House proposed a cut in CDC’s funding, but Congress added about $700 million. Again In 2014, Obama proposed reducing the budget, but Congress boosted it to $6.9 billion.  CDC also is funded by nearly $4 billion in mandatory fees not reflect in the congressional appropriations.

The Washington Post Pinocchio Test found the Democrats attack absurd on many levels.  While Obama’s Republican predecessor oversaw big increases in public-health sector spending, in recent years both Democrats and Republicans have supported reining in federal spending. Sequestration was an Obama initiative that resulted in a bipartisan agreement and Congress often allocated more money for NIH and CDC than the Obama administration requestedContrary to the DCCC ad, there has never been a vote on Ebola funding.


It is true that spending has been cut because it failed to keep pace with inflation, but the fingerprints of both parties are on the knives. This blame game garnered a breathtaking Four Pinocchios MAX from the Washington Post – certainly no beacon of Conservatism – and when the WaPo criticizes a Dem, that real news!

Four Pinocchios








Although NIH and CDC and their Dem lackeys have been crying about not having funds for Ebola vaccination research because of Republicans, here is a sample of the wasteful programs they did spend money on totaling spent $15,135,574,669.00 which they could have used to find a cure for Ebola:

Telling Taxpayers How to Eat ($15 billion) – Obamacare gave the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) $15 BILLION which they then gave away through “Community Transformation Grants” (CTG) in a futile attempt to coerce Americans into making “healthy” choices by modifying behavior through anti-obesity and anti-smoking campaigns and pro-sin tax regulations and legislation.

Grant Money to China ($90 million) – NIH awarded over $90 million to Chinese researchers to work on projects that benefit only China such as a vaccine for a parasite disease common only in China.  Don’t they already hold over a trillion dollars of US debt?

Duplicate Agricultural Programs ($22 million) – CDC spent $22 million on their Agriculture, Forestry, and Fishing Program that is nearly identical to another ongoing Department of Agriculture program.

“Why Are Lesbians Fat?” Study ($2.87 million) – so far but the study continues into 2016!   This ongoing study is searching for why “women of minority sexual orientation are disproportionately affected by the obesity epidemic.”  For some reason Obama believes three-quarters of lesbians are obese.

Drunken Monkeys ($3.2 million) – NIH spent $3.2 million getting monkeys drunk just to see what would happen.  The agency apparently has quite a fascination with excessive drinking, since it also wasted money researching binge-drinking in mice, inebriated gamblers and pilots seeking the sensation of flying drunk.

Bizarre Sex Studies ($1.5 million) – NIH is spending $1.5 million to spend on these 4 ridiculous obscure sex studies: “Mood Arousal and Sexual Risk Taking,” “Sexual Habits of Older Men,” “San Francisco’s Asian Prostitutes/Masseuses,” and “American Indian Transgender Research.”

Funds for Homosexual Activists in Public Schools ($1.4 million) – CDC gave The Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN), a homosexual activist group, $1.4 million to create “safe spaces” in public schools.

Centers for ‘Gun Disease’ Prevention ($2.6 million) – CDC spent $2.6 million on studies that favor greater gun control and for FY 2015, the Obama budget is asking for CDC to get $22.2 million in new funding – is this a health issue?  Fortunately, Obama’s previous year similar requests have been shot down by Congress.

National Institutes of ‘Gun Control’ ($5 million) – Separate from the CDC, NIH also handed out about $5 million for research promoting gun control despite the issue being well outside the organization’s domain.

Cocaine Enhances Japanese Quail’s Sex Drive ($181,406) – This ridiculous NIH sponsored study uses quails because they provide a convenient and interesting alternative to standard laboratory rats and pigeons.  Go figure?

Empowering Women to Choose Contraception … in Jail ($279,789) –NIH allocated $279,789 “to improve contraceptive use for incarcerated women” to reduce unexpected pregnancies and Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) among recently jailed women.  Wonder who exactly who these jailbirds are having sex with … Guards?  Other women?

Bogus AIDS Experiments ($4.9 million) – Results of a $19 million NIH funded HIV/AIDS vaccine study were faked by researcher at Iowa State University to made the vaccine appear far more effective than it actually was. Thankfully NIH refused to pay ISU the final installment of the grant money, but the university was allowed to keep more than $4.9 million after having to pay back nearly three-quarters of the original grant.

Sex Workers Spreading STDs ($675,786) – Although the answer to the question why sex workers spread HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) might seem obvious, NIH is spending $675,786 in search of the answer.

Examining ‘Barriers to Correct Condom Use’ ($423,500) – It seems “young, heterosexual adult men” weren’t using condoms as frequently or in a manner NIH would prefer. Hence, NIH spent $423,500 to get to the bottom of this perplexing problem.

And these are just a sampling of NIH/CDC waste.  Other items include: $2.4 million for a new condom design whose inventor is now being investigated for fraud,” $939,000 to discover that male fruit flies prefer younger females$257,000 to create a companion website for first lady Michelle Obama’s White House garden,” a whopping $592,000 to determine that chimpanzees with the best poop-flinging skills are also the best communicators, and another $117,000 to learn that most chimps are right-handed. The NIH also spent $325,000 to learn that marriages are happier when wives calm down more quickly during arguments with their husbands and $548,000 to find out if 30-something partiers feel immature after they binge drink while people in their mid-20s don’t.


Tuesday, June 24, 2014

VIRGINIANS STRONGLY SUPPORT MARYLAND LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR ANTHONY BROWN TO SUCCEED O’MALLEY AS GOVERNOR – SO WE CAN CONTINUE TO “EAT YOUR LUNCH” IN BUSINESS!

We Virginians LOVE Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley and, short of you Marylanders changing your laws so he can have a third term, the best thing for Virginia is that you elect O’Malley’s hand chosen successor and present understudy Anthony Brown as your next Governor!  Electing Brown will ensure Virginia can continue eating your lunch in business for at least another four years.  As a matter of fact, on 20 Oct the Washington Post just reported this headline:  "Construction giant Bechtel's Reston move shines spotlight on Md-Va business rivalry."  Keep up the Good Work!

 

Under the O’Malley-Brown Team and his liberal Democrat fellow-travelers, Maryland has acquired a well earned reputation as a state that is so extremely unfriendly to business and job creators that they are fleeing in record numbers.  Virginians are confident that Anthony Brown will continue the current anti-business crusade that has allowed your neighbor to the south to flourish while Maryland has been hemorrhaging businesses, jobs and even taxpayers in record numbers.  As a result of additional taxes and fees stemming from 40 separate O’Malley-Brown increases, wealthy Marylanders are fleeing the state faster than the state can drain their bank accounts!

 

The well respected CNBC business network scored and ranked all 50 states using the “51 Measures of Competitiveness” developed with input from business groups including the National Association of Manufacturers and the Council on Competitiveness. States received points based on their rankings in each metric. Then, they separated those metrics into ten broad categories, weighting the categories based on how frequently they are cited in state economic development marketing materials. That way, their study ranked the states based on the criteria they use to sell themselves.   The entire 50 state ranking is appended at the bottom of this entry but here is a snap shot of how Maryland and Virginia compare.  I would note that Maryland, at #40, did beat out #41 Mississippi by “a smidgen” while Virginia came in a strong #5!

Overall Rank
State
Cost of Doing Business
Economy
Infrastruc-
ture
Workforce
Quality of Life
Technology & Innovation
Business Friendliness
Educa-
tion
Cost of Living
Access to Capital
5
38
10
21
6
18
12
6
8
20
13
40
41
33
46
20
25
9
45
2
42
9

To reinforce that the CNN ranking was not an aberration, the nonpartisan Tax Foundation ranked Maryland even lower at #41 in the nation for business climate.  Today Maryland's unemployment rate is 75% higher than when the recession began and the main cause is it costs too much for job creators to stay in let alone come to Maryland. According to data released on 20 Jun 14, by the U.S. Department of Labor, Maryland shed 1,300 jobs in May 14 in both the public and private sectors and the unemployment rate jumped to 5.6 percent.  By contract, Virginia’s unemployment rate is a full half percent lower at 5.1%.  Hence, that sucking noise you Marylanders hear all the time is jobs and businesses fleeing your state!  Within the past couple of years Maryland lost out to Virginia when Northrop Grumman, SAIC and CSC all relocated their headquarters from your clone state, California, and after looking at Maryland they all decided Virginia was a much more business friendly location.  

According the Washington Post's Washington Technology publication, of the 100 largest Government Contractors, 41 are headquartered in Virginia and just 5 are in Maryland; only one is in DC.  Of the Top 20, 11 are in Virginia and only one in Maryland.  Given over two-thirds of the Nations Capital is surrounded by Maryland, business climate and not proximity is the reason for Maryland's dismal performance.  And the main factor driving businesses (and Marylanders) away from your state can be summed up in one word – TAXES!

 

The O’Malley-Brown administration has levied 40 consecutive taxes on Marylanders in their term in office.  From increases in sales and income taxes, to regressive taxes such as the gas tax and rain tax, Marylanders are paying more for just about everything than they were seven years ago. These taxes have taken $9.5 billion from Maryland’s economy and are projected to cost $20 billion by 2018.  Maryland is now one of the highest taxed states in the country and the O’Malley-Brown Team has been innovative in dreaming up new ones – Maryland is the ONLY State that taxes citizens for the rain that falls on their property!

 

Over 31,000 Marylanders have voted with their feet since 2007.  As a result of the O’Malley-Brown historic tax increases, those 31,000 Marylanders that left the state took $1.7 billion yearly out of Maryland’s economy and took it to the more tax-friendly states, such as Virginia and North Carolina.  Along with those 31,000 taxpayers, Maryland lost over 6,500 small businesses, the worst in the region, thus showing the state’s inability to support business, produce jobs and maintain its tax base is eroding. The state has lost 10 of its 13 Fortune 500 companies.  This is a sharp contrast to 24 large corporate headquarters in Virginia.  In a recent pole, almost half of All Marylanders said they would leave the state if they could.

The Good News for Virginia is, with leaders like the O’Malley-Brown Team in Annapolis, we don’t need to worry about competition from our neighbors to the North.  We Virginians LOVE the O’Malley-Brown Team and many of us even contributed funds to their elections because they are the best thing that's happened to the Virginia economy in years.  Their anti-business policies are directly responsible for driving down our unemployment rate to the lowest on the Atlantic seaboard and now with their other harebrained initiatives like their off-shore wind turbine fiasco Virginia will do even better.  Their wind turbine fiasco, which locks Maryland taxpayers into paying for a 20 year binding contract to buy uneconomically feasible electricity from a bunch of their political cronies, will accelerate the loss of the few manufacturing jobs left in the State!.  Already electricity in Maryland averages 12 cents/kW hr while it’s only 8 cents across the river in Virginia but off shore wind will drive it up to 18 cents/kW Hr in Maryland.  Although the O’Malley-Brown Team only “intends” to tack on $1.50 for residential and 1.5% onto industrial monthly power bills, the rest of the costs will just be paid by other taxes such as your new 9% State Income Tax (on top of 35% Federal), increased sales tax and your new 24 cent/gal gas tax.  Don't forget your new "flush tax!"  Marylanders can't even take a crap without being taxed!

So PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE Marylanders, Elect Anthony Brown as your next Governor so Virginia can continue to grown and prosper.  My only advice to you is, in your haste to flee the State is don’t forget to leave someone behind to turn out the lights.


And here is the side-by-side Maryland-Virginia comparison recently published in the Washington-Post and below it are some other observations about how the two states stack up.


Here are some observations -- More are coming:
  • Virginians have 2.7 Times more Registered Firearms yet Marylanders are 2.5 times more likely to become a victim of violent crime!
  • Maryland has 30% more Lawyers by population - guess that's to service all the additional criminals Maryland has than Virginia.
  • Maryland teachers' salaries are 8th highest in the nation and 20% more than Virginia teachers (tied for 32nd) and Maryland is 9th in the nation in per pupil spending at $14,616 while Virginia is 20th spending $11,192 yet Marylanders SAT scores were 30 points lower than Virginia students in 2012.  In the past year while O'Malley has been off running for President and his approval ratings have plunged 13 points to a mere 41%, Brown has been running the state with disastrous results.  Brown's mismanagement of the state's ObamaCare website rivals his ineptitude in managing the education system.  He has managed to double last year's 30 point gap with Virginia to 62 point in the last round of SAT testing.  According to a 7 Oct 14 Washington Post article, state-wide the Maryland SAT average dropped 1468 while Virginia's average increased to 1530.
  • Maryland does NOT even meet the requirements of the Individual & Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) "guaranteeing students a free and appropriate education" while Virginia had no problem satisfying the law.

Completely CNBC State Rankings for Business Competitive.