Marty McFly: Nobody calls me a chicken
Back to the Future 1985
Last week In my subscription commentary I talked a bit about the concept of treating your voters like customers. I made the same suggestion concerning states noting that Massachusetts has lost an average of an electoral vote for every decade of my life
The idea is that if you treat people like customers you have a better chance of attracting them, the blog for example is like my store, if I make it inviting people may come in and if I’m lucky maybe will hit DaTipJar so I can have my weekly pay or perhaps listen to the radio show etc etc etc.
Sometimes when you are so successful or living high off the hog as they say, you forget these things and eventually it bites you.
This is happening in Maryland, first there was the new gun law and Baretta deciding it might be time to leave:
Jeffrey Reh, a spokesman for Beretta who also serves as the President of Stoeger Industries under Beretta, announced that the company would begrudgingly uproot and take its business elsewhere. He said, “We don’t want to do this, we’re not willing to do this, but obviously this legislation has caused us a serious level of concern within our company.”
He added that Beretta paid approximately $31 million in taxes, employs 400 people, and had invested $73 million in the business over the past several decades. Despite being such a prominent player in the local economy, Beretta was unable to prevent legislators from passing tighter gun control laws. Ironically, Beretta manufactures some firearms that are now banned in Maryland.
Republican state Delegate Anthony J. O’Donnell lamented: “Losing [Beretta] would be a big disappointment. Maryland has a reputation for having a horrible business climate, and this would be one more nail in the coffin.”
Apparently Mr. O’Donnell doesn’t know what’s he’s talking about Maryland is doing so well they don’t need those jobs.
And they certainly don’t have to worry about making people feel safe, when Mrs. Aaron Walker (who I met at CPAC lovely lady) and her husband expressed worries about being stalked Jim Brewer, an Assistant State’s Attorney in Howard County had this to say:
It’s a novel approach to attract people to the state, the Marty McFly reverse psychology method (what are ya Mrs. Walker CHICKEN?) doesn’t seem like the best move to me, which is why a lot of bloggers today decided to write about this elected Maryland official this fine day.
It sounds a lot like the type of thing you might have heard in the old south, (You don’t like sitting in the back of the bus, move up north) but rather than question the Howard County State’s Attorney’s Office let me as suggested by Zilla of the Resistance rejoice for the people of Maryland.
Since in the last fifty years they have gained an electoral vote they apparently are doing so well, job wise, population wise that they don’t need to encourage people to come, or promise to protect them. That likely explains why crime in Baltimore is not an issue that anybody bothers to tackle.
We should all rejoice that the state is a shining example of success, although I do wonder when they will be taking down these signs.
Truth in advertising don’t ya know.