Thursday, August 23, 2007

 

Great moments in Maryland's priorities

As most Marylanders are aware, we have here a $1.5 Billion “structural deficit”. That’s just a fancy way of saying that certain elected officials have promised to spend money that your lazy asses apparently won’t be providing them in sufficient quantity. As a result, Governor O’Malley last month decided to cut $280 million, including:

“Over $46M in the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene;
Over $6M in the Maryland State Department of Education”

(for the record, I don't disagree with any of these cuts)

And listening to all the wailing and gnashing of teeth in reaction to this, one could understandably feel we are just barely ahead of a complete shutdown in government circles. But sanity reigns…at least in some ways, as it is now apparent that Maryland can differentiate between ‘fat’ and ‘bone marrow’:

MPT To Debut Spanish Channel Today – August 20, 2007

That’s right, Nielsen juggernaut Maryland Public Television is spending money (1/3rd financed by government) to reach out to the ever-burgeoning legal Hispanics-who-don’t –speak-English market. This is so obviously a pressing need that I feel almost embarrassed to point out that:

“…at the moment, in most of this market, [the new station] is difficult to see at all.” Public TV Airs a New Spanish Voice - washingtonpost.com

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