I am furious beyond words at the arrogance and corruption demonstrated by the leadership of the Maryland General Assembly in failing to pass a tax bill to implement the budget for next year, all for the benefit of the gambling industry for crying out loud! ("After breakdown, what?" April 11.)The one constitutional obligation imposed on the legislature is to pass an annual budget. The leadership, particularly Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller, chose to hold implementing that budget hostage in order to expand gambling in Maryland, even before the original slots parlors are fully operational.
A special session of the legislature will cost the taxpayers over $20,000 per day. Because of the brevity and expense of a special session, it will be particularly vulnerable to even more manipulation by special interests.
Mr. Miller has shown himself to be a cynical, manipulative pol who is beholden not to the voters, but to his campaign contributors. He is a walking poster child for the corporatization of campaign finance. Mr. Miller and his ilk should take heed to the words of Oliver Cromwell to the Rump Parliament of 1648, "You have sat too long for any good you have been doing lately. ... Depart, I say; and let us have done with you. In the name of God, go!" Within a year, Charles I was executed for his corruption.
Sheldon H. Laskin