O'Malley made Maryland more vulnerable to shutdown

Gov. Martin O'Malley really positioned Maryland for "doomsday" when he bullied the state legislature to pass a higher tax rate on incomes in excess of $100,000 instead of dealing with the real problem, the enormous costs of the state's public employees' pension plan. By labeling a budget that was hundreds of millions of dollars greater than the previous year's a "doomsday budget," he placed Maryland among the top-10 highest taxing states thus removing us from future consideration of large private sector employers and making us dependent on the taxes from the masses of federal employees who live in the state. It is no secret that our federal governing body is dysfunctional and cannot be depended upon to act in the best interests of the country.

The Sun's article about the cost of the government shutdown is "spot on" and only the beginning of Maryland's economic problems as a high tax state ("Md. would be hard hit by government shutdown," Sept. 28). Who will have the guts to deal with the out-of-control cost of the pension plan? Certainly not our outgoing governor.

R. W. Catzen, Baltimore