I wrote early on in this year's general Assembly session about the state cutting funding to assist those in recovery for addiction to drugs and alcohol. Late in the session, the utter hypocrisy of all those involved in the state's budget is all the more evident.
While everyone's glad-handing and back-slapping about gun control, funding for mental health services in this state are getting cut. If you don't believe me, then please read about it in this story.
It's under the table stuff like this that makes me sick to my stomach. Maryland is a state that loves to take its great stands against social ills. But, time and time again, Maryland also chooses to not spend money in ways that would prevent such social ills from taking place to begin with.
And if anyone wants to challenge me on this, please show me the great, innovative programs in Maryland to address mental health issues, or drug and alcohol addiction, or, for that matter, to encourage work over welfare. I can much more easily point out to you, increasing sentencing for drug related crimes and drunk driving violations, gun control legislation, and the continued acceptance of a permanent welfare class in this state. Punishment, not rehabilitation. Enhancement of class divisions instead of breaking down walls.
I certainly believe that for the most part, the legislation that has been passed in this state is needed. But Maryland's approach to social issues is generally far from holistic. It is like making a cake without using eggs, and we know how well that works out.