Culture Wars and History

SIGN UP CULTURE WARS AND HISTORY by George Liebmann Issue 213– October 10, 2012 The American political system as traditionally understood was described by Charles de Gaulle in the last volume of his memoirs published in 1971: a federation of states, each of which, with its governor, its representatives, its judges, and its officials–all, elected–takes upon itself responsibility […]

Maryland is Number One in Education Centralization, Not in Results

    Maryland is No. 1 in education spending and centralization — not in results Magazine’s ranking prioritizes inputs rather than outputs       By George Liebmann1:36 p.m. EDT, September 24, 2012   Gov. Martin O’Malley has taken on the road to Charlotte, N.C., and to Iowa his claim that Maryland’s schools are “Number […]

Federalism and Obamacare

    Federalism and Obamacare   by George Liebmann       The Supreme Court decision allowing ‘Obamacare’ to survive should not have   come as a surprise to anyone. Save where confiscatory legislation is involved, the   Constitution as it has been construed for at least the last 80 years imposes few   barriers […]

Maryland’s Mismanaged Pensions

      Questionable investment strategies could put state’s bond rating at risk   Comments 2 Share0   By George Liebmann12:34 p.m. EDT, July 9, 2012   There are serious clouds over the Maryland State Retirement and Pension System and the way the O’Malley administration has managed it. Consider the following: 1. The rate of […]

The Supreme Court and Health Care

    Saturday, 07 July 2012 From Today’s Wall Street Journal Regarding John Yoo’s ”Chief Justice Roberts and His Apologists“ (op-ed, June 30): Mr. Yoo’s characterization of Chief Justice John Roberts as another Charles Evans Hughes is a compliment. Hughes never sought to bar “expansion of the welfare state.” He designed systems of state insurance and public […]

Progress in Drug Policy

Progress in Drug Policy A recent Court of Appeals decision threatening to require appointment of counsel at bail hearings before District Court commissioners spurred long-overdue reforms in drug laws. Chapter 352 of the Acts of 2012 allows probation before judgment for a second drug possession offense; a similar proposal by Delegate Curtis Anderson and others […]

The O’Malley Fiscal Record

The O’Malley Fiscal Record   After five years, it is time to take stock of Governor O’Malley’s fiscal record. This may be done under several headings:   1. New Spending Initiatives   A. Employment Tax Credit   This $20 million “Job Creation and Recovery Act” credit was initially claimed with respect to only 1000 jobs, […]

Promoting Youth Employment in Maryland

  by George W. Liebmann   Our current governor has paid no attention to the severe problem   of youth unemployment in Maryland. The national rate of youth unemployment   is about twice the general rate of unemployment, and the rate among blacks twice   that among the total youth population: 40 percent, resembling London’s […]

The Brandeis Brief, Revisited

___________________________________   by George W. Liebmann     To the Bag: David Bernstein’s essay on the Brandeis brief (Autumn 2011)   does not describe “winner’s history;” (page 15); Brandeis’ concerns   with Supreme Court treatment of constitutional cases involving   state governments remain largely unaddressed today.   Moreover, it is simply not true that “ […]

Immigration Reform Left an Orphan

    Important issues go unaddressed because political donors don’t care about them 0   By George W. Liebmann1:46 p.m. EDT, April 5, 2012   If the Obama administration proceeds to electoral doom, blame rests on its surrender to its financiers and campaign organizers: Wall Street and public employee and construction unions. A Democratic administration […]