Licensing in Maryland

Free Enterprise, Maryland Style   Nearly fifty years ago, the present writer served as counsel to the Maryland Home Improvement Commission, an administrative agency which had just been immortalized in Barry Levinson’s The Tin Men. The agency then functioned under a statute that was more a self-certification than licensing statute. To obtain a license required […]

Teacher Certification in Maryland

Maryland’s Protective Tariff Against Teachers   In 2011, Maryland colleges produced 2897 graduates from state-approved teacher education programs, out of 28701 new Maryland college graduates (Maryland Higher Education Report, 2011, p.17). Barely 10% of Maryland’s college graduates are thus eligible for regular certification as teachers in Maryland’s public schools. The regulations governing approved teacher education […]

Maryland and Distance Learning

Strangled in its Cradle Morality, it is said, is what you do when no one is looking. To assess the morality of the O’Malley administration and its favored clients, the teachers’ unions, it is appropriate to look at an obscure enactment, passed and signed ‘under the radar screen’, Chapter 288 of the Acts of 2012. […]

Switzerland in America

  George Liebmann: Switzerland in America Gazette Newspapers, November 2, 2012 The ballot referendums are important since two cure-alls of the 1970s, campaign finance “reform” and strict reapportionment, have delivered the legislature to reliable partisans and ‘bundlers” of campaign contributions. Referendums have served the Swiss well. The casino bill and congressional redistricting reflect the culture […]

Marylanders Get A Taste of Veto Democracy

      Marylanders get a taste of veto democracy Referendums allow voters to check Annapolis’ excesses               0   By George Liebmann 1:21 p.m. EDT, October 30, 2012   Marylanders will soon have an opportunity common in a country other than their own: the right to veto a legislature’s product. […]

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 […]