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The Tentacle


March 8, 2005

Random Thoughts in No Particular Order

John P. Snyder

It was Eleanor Roosevelt who described the period around World War II as “no ordinary time.” And so it is for our times, for events seem to unravel every day, making change as the only constant in our lives. Allow me to deliver the Cliff Notes version of what I see.

Oh! Really Now!

Fervent opponent of slots, State Sen. Peter Franchot (Trotskyite-Montgomery Co.) predicted that there will be at least 20 indictments surrounding the proposed slots license in Frederick. Who does he have in mind?

Well, There You Have It!

Delegate Franchot, along with the entire Montgomery delegation, save for three, cast the passage of the slots bill as a dark day for Maryland. Why do you suppose legislators had to look to slots in the first place?

To finance all of the social utopian spending plans forced on Marylanders by the Montgomery county delegation, of course.

Will He or Won’t He?

If you are new to Maryland, say in the last 20 years, and you are under 40, the name Paul Sarbanes might not ring a bell. He is, of course, Maryland's longest serving United States senator - ever. Since he is up for re-election in 2006 some folks wonder if, at age 73, he will run again. Since being first elected in 1976, he has been in a deep hibernation, awakening only every six years to face nominal opponents. Since authoring the Sarbanes-Oxley bill in 2003 he returned to his cave with instructions not to be disturbed. Awaiting his awakening is Kweisi Mfume, late of the NAACP, who wants to run. No doubt U.S. Rep. Al Wynn (D., PG) wants the job is well.

The Soft Bigotry of Low Expectations

Administrators at Waverly Elementary have waved the white flag regarding homework. Since no one is doing it, teachers have been directed not to assign it. Waverly students moving on to Monocacy Middle next year can only hope the administrators there surrender as well.

Let’s Do The Math, Shall We?

I have heard many Democratic apologists, including Sen. John Kerry (D., MA), muse that if just 60,000 Ohioans had changed their votes, George Bush would be back in Texas. One could point out that if just 30,000 votes changed hands in Wisconsin, New Hampshire and Oregon, Kerry would have had 26 fewer electoral votes.

A Real Prince of a Guy A good number of years ago, former Mayor Ron Young owned a convenience store on Waverly Drive. As a frequent customer I became friendly with the wonderful older lady who seemed to work behind the counter at all hours of the night. I learned that she was the former mayor’s mother. One might ask what kind of man makes his mother work at a beer store late at night – alone?

Do You Want The Good News or The Bad News First?

When it comes to the subject of Social Security, Medicare or Medicaid, there is no good news. The bad news is that in order to keep it in tact, taxes will have to increase significantly for the younger generation. Today, taxes make up 16% of the Gross National Product. Those who dare to be honest insist that that figure will have to be 28% within 20 years. Do you have young children? Try to explain and apologize at the same time.

Welcome Back, Roy!

Say what you will, our man was an equal opportunity aggravator. Not many of us can honestly claim to have supported Ellen Sauerbrey in 1994 and then go ga-ga for Kathleen Kennedy Townsend in 1998.



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