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What Do You Think?

May 04, 2010

The question posted Friday on The Herald-Mail's website was: During a campaign stop this week in Hagerstown, Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley said his administration has made Maryland better than it was four years ago. Do you agree?

Poll results:

Yes: 141 votes (18 percent)

No: 659 votes (82 percent)

o "Whether or not Maryland is 'better' today than it was four years ago is simply a matter of individual perspective. It might be going great for O'Malley, while for many other the opposite is true."

o Unemployment = higher, taxes = higher, public services = worse, quality of life = worse. My grade for (O'Malley) was a "F." By the way, I would not have graded (former) Maryland Gov. Robert Ehrlich any better with the only caveat being that he didn't raise taxes."

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o "We used to pay 5 percent state sales tax, and now we're paying 6 percent. How is it that (former) Maryland Gov. Robert Ehrlich had a surplus at 5 percent and we now have a deficit at 6 percent? We raised taxes on the millionaires and many of them left the state taking their tax revenues with them."

o "Very few people are better off now than two or three years ago anywhere in America. President Obama's fault? Former President Bush's fault? O'Malley's fault? Who destroyed the economy? Greedy capitalists."

o "On the poll question, I didn't vote. My mom told me if I couldn't say something nice to not say anything at all."

o "I voted for Townsend in 2002, O'Malley in 2006, and for the first time ever, I am going to vote for Ehrlich. We are not better off than four years ago."

o "I guess if you take out all the housing market issues, and unemployment then we can grade him. But ... I can't think of anything he has done, nothing stands out in my mind. So I would have to say an 'I' for incomplete."

o "For the first time ever, my 2009 Maryland income tax was higher than my Federal tax. What does that tell you? The Democrat legislators in Annapolis are chasing away taxpayers as well as businesses with high taxes, and the Democrat governor is an accomplice.

o "The entire country is worse off than it was four years ago. Whether O'Malley has done a good job has nothing to do with whether or not Maryland is better than it was four years ago."

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