Archive for April, 2010
America finds itself facing a National divide as we approach the 2010 elections. States across America will decide once again who will be elected to lead their respective states, and the nation as a whole, into the future.
The divide is one of a philosophical nature. The question facing every voting American is whether the nation will lean further left towards socialism (a nice word for communism) or will the pendulum swing back towards the Founders’ intent that American citizens remain free.
There are many who voted for President Obama who have now admittedly realized that the current President may in fact threaten the very freedoms that America was founded upon.
Most recently, he proposed to the world that America will step back from our nuclear arms position. While some believe this will bring world peace, others realize how incredibly valuable this will make America to foreign threats.
Then there is the whole issue of illegal immigration that infuriates Americans who are natural citizens and truly angers those immigrants who came to America legally. Most American immigrants are intent on assimilating into American culture. They learn and speak the English language as they work and give back to the America that they love.
Illegal immigrants on the other hand, have a much different view of America. They are looking to reap the benefits of America’s charity. That is, they work for cash avoid paying taxes in many cases and rely on our hospitals to provide health care while sending their cash back to their homeland. They use America and give nothing back. There is no desire to assimilate to American culture.
While in Idaho, I spoke at length with a Vietnamese American (Bac) who came to America to flee the communism that he had seen and heard of in his home land. He operates an oriental (Chinese) restaurant and works 17 hours a day. I asked why he works such long hours. He replied, “Because I can. I love America”. In his home land, everything was controlled by the government. In America, what I earn is mine he said.
Bac told a story passed down from his great grandfather revealing that just after WWII, the government of his home land took all of the land, property and anything of wealth from those who were business owners and wealthy.
He explained that his great grandfather once had lots of land and farmed rice very successfully with the help of many farm workers. One day, the government informed his great grandfather that they were taking all of his land except a half acre (where he could live) and they were taking all of his stock of ten thousand pounds of rice. They left him 100 pounds and took the remaining inventory to be distributed to the impoverished.
The following year, all of his farm workers were unemployed; the land that once produced thousands of pounds of rice now sat idle. The farm workers and everyone in the surrounding area were now reduced to poverty to be taken care of and fed by the state.
Not long after that, Bac told of a day when the government gathered up all of the the business owners who were once wealthy, tied their hands behind their backs, tied them all together in a train and walked them through the streets of the city. As they were paraded through the streets the impoverished, threw stones and rocks at the heads of the wealthy until the streets were covered in blood and they fell dead in the streets at the hands of the people whom many once worked for them.
Is America heading in this direction? I can only rely on what I have seen as I have served in the Maryland legislature. There is clearly animosity towards the wealthy and the business owners in Maryland. The state continues to tax and burden business operating within the state to the point that there is no incentive to stay. America has not yet reached the point of confiscating the assets of the wealthy but could it happen?
Bac believes that America is filled with individuals who came to flee the oppression of communism and as result believes that America will not denigrate to a complete redistribution of wealth. I am not sure that I agree. We are headed in a direction that clearly smells and looks like socialism to me.
The question remains, will Americans resist the tilt towards socialism or will we rush full speed ahead as the Oboma administration redefines the Founders intent for American citizens? I believe the November elections will reveal the future of America.
Delegate Don Dwyer, Jr.
Member, Maryland General Assembly
This year, with the help of my chairman and committee, I was able to pass a VictimsRights bill that establishes the right of a victim’s representative to be notified of and have the opportunity to give an oral or written statement for consideration at the license suspension hearing in the case of a fatal vehicular accident. I consider this to be an important addition in law giving victim’s families the ability to be heard and have a sense of closure when a loved one is killed in an automobile accident.
Other legislation that I introduced:
HB1036 – Property Tax Credit – Property Leased to Non-Profit Schools.
This legislation would have allowed a property owner who leases a building exclusively to a non-profit school to receive a tax credit on that building, thereby precluding the property taxes from being passed on to the school. Unfortunately this bill was killed in committee.
HB 1080 – A.A. County – Drug Free Zones – Recreation Areas
This legislation would have included recreation areas, public parks, and open areas owned or operated by the State or Anne Arundel County as drug free zones. Unfortunately this bill was also killed in committee
HB 1307 – Statewide Definition of a Criminal Gang Member
For the purpose of requiring all law enforcement agencies in the state to define “criminal gang member” as a person who’s membership in a criminal gang is proven by certain criteria; and generally relating to criminal gangs. This was part of a County Delegation effort to address the very serious issue of gangs in Anne Arundel County. Despite a lot of support, this bill was killed in committee.
HB673 – Veterans – Hunting and Fishing – Complimentary Licenses
I was approached by a veteran who asked me to introduce this bill. I felt that it was the least I could do considering the sacrifices of so many who have served in our Nation’s Armed Forces. Surprisingly, this bill was killed in Committee.
HB1078 – Maryland Personhood Amendment
This is the second year that I have introduced this legislation, and I believe very deeply that it is legislation that we must pass in order to protect the unborn. Sadly, the bill did not make it out of committee. If re-elected, I will reintroduce it again next year.
HB1079– Maryland’s Marriage Protection Act
For the eighth year, I have introduced this legislation to put on the ballot a referendum question of preserving traditional marriage in Maryland. For eight years, the Chairman of Judiciary has not allowed this bill to receive a committee vote.
HB1563 – Maryland’s Health Insurance Freedom Act
I introduced this bill in response to the passage of the Health Care Legislation passed in D.C. which was not supported by the majority of Americans. This bill would have protected a Maryland Citizen’s right to choose to participate in a private health insurance system without interference; and that a penalty tax fee or fine of any type may not be imposed on a person who declines to contract for health insurance coverage, or to participate in a particular health insurance plan. Not surprisingly, this bill did not see the light of day.
The Budget passed with $32 million dollars worth of spending, and a projected deficit next year of $2.2 billion dollars. We have mortgaged our children’s and grandchildren’s future by increasing additional debt and passing pork barrel spending packages without addressing the vital cuts necessary in overall State spending; for this reason I voted against the budget.
One Amendment to the budget bill was proposed by Delegate O’Donnel and which I supported would have removed $200 thousand dollars by removing State funding to CASA an organization whose mission statement is to assist illegals in finding taxpayer subsidized benefits and employment. I supported this amendment, but 89 democrats voted to keep the funding.
Some legislation that I supported passed. We passed Jessicaslaw enhancement which mandates a 15 year mandatory minimum sentence for child rapists.
We passed a GangProsecution Act which would make it easier for law enforcement to prosecute gang members committing violent crimes in our communities. The CivilImmunity bill passed! This bill protects residents from liability in the death or injury of a criminal unlawfully entering their home.
I also supported legislation intending to restore our Constitutional Second Amendment. I co-sponsored Delegate Riley’s CCW- Repealof findings bill and Delegate Smigiel’s Reciprocity bill. These bills did not pass, however, thousands of you called, emailed and showed up in a great show of support.
I am widely known for my conservative stance on issues. When looking at the different proposed legislation I ask myself first: Is this Constitutional? It has been a pleasure serving our community as your representative in Annapolis. I hope that you feel I have served and represented you well. As always, please feel free to contact me at any time, by phone 410-841-3047, or by email firstname.lastname@example.org
The total state expendatures are scheduled for passage. Regretfully, there is no doubt that we have yet again mortgaged the future of our grandchildren while Democrats refuse to make real cuts to state spending. We will pay the price. You should be prepared for a huge tax increase next year. Its time to reform the Democrat party to the “Minority Party”.
The other day I happened to see Mr. Eric Hartley, Staff Columnist and Blogger whose articles appear in the Gazette frequently. Mr. Hartley has had a few field days with me in the recent months, and his commentaries are usually less than complementary. Mr. Hartley’s grasp on the facts of the Constitutional issue at hand is non- existent, and he tries his best to make me look like a “lunatic fringe” element bent on pushing my religion onto everyone in Maryland.
You can read one of his recent articles here.
I introduced myself to him and we were able to have a chat. I invited him to come and see me in my office for a real conversation. Perhaps he will one day take me up on that offer, and better equip himself to write about me, though we will likely still not agree….. or maybe not- should I hold my breath? It was nice to see the headline below today. Thanks Mr. Hartley, I look forward to our discussion.
Don Dwyer is right
By: Eric Hartley
I was sitting at the Rockfish restaurant in Annapolis tonight, watching the NCAA men’s basketball championship, when none other than Del. Don Dwyerwalked in to meet some friends. It wasn’t really a surprise to see him there — the Rockfish is a frequent hangout for Republican politicians, as it’s owned by Del. James King, R-Gambrills.
Dwyer, R-Glen Burnie, noticed me, came over and shook my hand. To his credit — considering the things I’ve written about him lately (all of which I stand by) — he was unfailingly courteous and suggested we get together for a chat. We agreed that, while we might not change each other’s minds, it would be good to have a civil talk.
Now comes the part where Dwyer was right. (I’ll bet you were wondering when I’d get to that.)
Not long after underdog Butler’s close loss to the Evil Empire of Duke and its weasel-faced coach, Dwyer walked by me again, said bye and started to walk out of the bar. I called after him that we could surely at least agree we hated Duke.
Dwyer, a Maryland native, smiled and agreed, saying I could write about that. So here you go, Delegate.
As for that whole impeachment thing, well …
Responding to my inquiry further clarify their ruling regarding the legitimacy of a Parliamentarian who is also a member of the voting body as well as a member of the Majority Party, the Joint Committee on Legislative Ethics sent this:
” The Joint Committee determined that the position of the House Parliamentarian is informal and strictly advisory. The actual decision on a procedural ruling is made by the Speaker, subject to challenge by the membership of the House. essentially, the Speaker himself is the de facto Parliamentarian.”
” The Joint Committee found no conflict of interest in the Speaker’s action is designating a sitting Delegate of the majority party as his advisor on procedural rulings. The issues you have raised are the jurisdiction of the membership of the House of Delegates, rather than the Joint Committee on Legislative Ethics.”
I have been asked about the status of my inquiry into the ethics question regarding the House Parliamentarian being a voting member of the Legislative body, as well as being a member of the ruling majority Party. Below I have posted excerpts from the letter that I sent to the Joint Committee on Legislative Ethics ( Co-Chaired by Senator Norman Stone and Delegate Brian McHale) as well as their reply.