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Martin O’Malley’s Losing Formula

Posted: August 23, 2015 at 8:28 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

deborah-lambert-smallBy Deborah Lambert

From the shirtless photos to his pro-labor stand outside a Las Vegas Trump hotel, to his futile attempt at inclusiveness (“All Lives Matter”) at a recent conference, Martin O’Malley appears to be trying his best to transform his persona from that of a loser into a winner. You can’t blame the former Maryland governor-turned-presidential candidate O’Malley for trying. After all, he sent the tax rates in Maryland skyrocketing which drove a multitude of businesses – and their revenue – out of state, which isn’t exactly the prescription for a successful presidency.

“Obviously, his economic policy has severely affected the state of Maryland,” conservative think tank Maryland Public Policy Institute President Christopher Summers told the Daily Caller News Foundation. “It didn’t just hang an anti-business sign on Maryland. It’s carved it in stone.”

For anyone who still doesn’t believe this happened, take a look at the census figures. From 2007 to 2013, nearly 6,000 businesses moved out, “making the state the 16th worst in the nation for outflow migration, according to state officials in the Maryland Department of Planning.”

“One of the big problems under O’Malley was the migration out of the state,” said Maryland Public Policy Institute fellow Marta Mossburg. “Even people who are okay with larger government are saying ‘enough.’ People feel like they’re ATMs for the government.”

“Income inequality under O’Malley has actually grown,” according to Mossburg. “People with high incomes are moving out and people with low incomes are moving in,” she said, adding that “Maryland’s inflow is primarily from illegal immigrants.”

Unfortunately, Maryland’s newly elected Republican governor, Larry Hogan not only faced the prospect of paring down the state’s $1.2 billion budget deficit, but also coping with the loss of nearly 6,500 businesses, 40,000 jobs and 31,000 taxpayers who moved to states with friendlier business climates, according to The Washington Times.

Meanwhile, candidate O’Malley has been pushing mightily for more debates, but if he gets his wish, he may regret the increased attention from the press on his record as Maryland governor.

On top of O’Malley’s “desire to increase Social Security benefits, which ignores the state of utter insolvency that the program faces, it looks like for Democrats,” National Review reported that “the more things change, the more policy ideas stay the same.”