Follow The Money

As a voter, how do you decide on the right candidate for you?

I would consider myself a fiscal conservative, so I follow the money. Integrity is also an important factor but often difficult to vet because after we vote, we go back to the daily grind and rely on the media to keep us informed. Unfortunately, the media is not a watchdog, and most often we find out when it is too late that spending is out of control, or our representative is not as forthright as we thought.

When you go to the polls this year, here are some points to consider if you are a fiscal conservative and consider integrity important. The commissioners’ departmental budget doubled and overall outstanding debt, not our annual debt payment, increased $3 million in four years. We have spent more than $13 million in economic development over four years while continuing to have decreases in overall assessable base. Comparing 2013 with 2010, the revenue for personal property tax in the business category proceeded to decline.

The majority – Doug Howard, Haven Shoemaker and David Roush – have passed four budgets in their term that have increased all sources of spending by 12 percent, equaling about $55 million more, solidifying that the property tax cuts had no adverse affect on spending.

Has your paycheck seen a 12% increase over the past four years? Commissioners Robin Frazier and Richard Rothschild have voted no on each of our adopted budgets.

In 2010, Howard promised he would not employ a special assistant. Fast forward and he has employed two assistants, Roberta Windham, who is earning almost 40 percent more than a commissioner’s salary, and Crystal Winebrenner, who some have speculated is part of Howard’s relationship mentioned in statements from Howard and his ex-wife on his campaign’s website. Winebrenner was suddenly transferred from the commissioners’ office in July and her contract terminated in September.

George Orwell said, “Political language …is designed to make lies sound truthful, murder respectful, and give the appearance of solidity to pure wind”. It is clear that the future of Carroll County will hold in the balance progress that is riddled with uncertainty. In the end, it is up to the voter to look deeply into the promises and history to decide whether that candidate is for the good of all people.

Lynn Mallick

Rothschild fires back

Rothschild fires back

RichardRothschildHave you noticed the endless stream of negative letters attacking Commissioner Rothschild and supporting an un-vetted write-in candidate?  Has anyone noticed the letters about the write-in candidate share three common characteristics?

First, they are void of meaningful information, just hope and change rhetoric reminiscent of Obama.

Second, most of the letter writers are liberals; and,

Third, the letters usually claim the write-in candidate is a conservative or Republican.  At least one liberal Times columnist also writes this. Why? Keep reading.

Whereas Mr. Lee advises voters to take the time to get informed, but simultaneously prints letters with misinformation, I will endeavor to do the job for him. Easy as one-two -three.

One- the write-in, Mr. Vote Sanity, is a lifelong liberal. He switched parties and is now pretending to be a Republican in hopes of deceiving voters.

Two- I am recognized as a leading Republican statewide. I was first to write a nullification resolution to defend you from bad gun laws, and first official to threaten legal action to stop the Rain Tax. I told the Obama administration, “forget it” when they devised their scheme to transfer illegal aliens into Westminster. Additionally, I’m the most fiscally conservative commissioner with a strong understanding of budget issues because I happen to hold an MBA. In fact, I cut taxes four consecutive years.

Most importantly I understand that District 4 voters don’t want our beautiful county turned into another Gaithersburg. I am one of the strongest defenders of our rural heritage. And by the way Mr. Lee, I am not a developer and have no friends that are developers. Sorry to disappoint you.

Three, I have been endorsed by EllenSauerbrey, Congressman Andy Harris, Congressman Roscoe Bartlett, and Dan Bongino.

Why? Because they have seen me defending your freedoms and upholding my oath of office.

Ellen said,

“Richard is a conservative with a backbone.  He understands what made America great and fights tirelessly to preserve the fundamental principles of limited government and personal freedom.  He has demonstrated great courage under fire.”

If re-elected, I will continue to oppose the Godless, socialist, tax-and-spend Agenda of the left, and defend you from ever-increasing government overreach.

If you agree, Vote Richard Rothschild on November 4th.

Also, learn about the conservative BoE candidates, Harmening, Nason, and Roenick at KeepCarrollConservative.com and hear Roscoe Bartlett’s endorsements.

Thanks, and may God Bless You.

Commissioner Richard Rothschild, Unwavering Conservative Leadership

I Support Robin Frazier

Reprinted from the Northern News

Robin-Frazier-10-5x22-8I am compelled to write about the distinct honor and privilege it has been to work with Commissioner Robin Frazier during her term in office.   Commissioner Frazier is not just a leader, she is a public servant.  In four years she has always acted in a manner that best protects the interests of her constituents and in a way befitting her office.  Integrity is defined as uncompromising adherence to moral and ethical principles; soundness of moral character.  That absolutely defines Commissioner Frazier and her supporters.

I will mention here a few things about Commissioner Frazier that are not well known but should be.

Commissioner Frazier made every effort to have all relevant information presented to the Board in open session for maximum transparency; and strove to have all questions be asked and answered in public, before the Board cast its votes.  She endeavored to have open, robust, civil discussion between Board members, rather than the Board simply acting as a rubber stamp for county staff decisions.  These things are the centerpiece of good governance.  We hire our elected leadership to actively manage the county; not just allow it to coast on auto-pilot.  Those who criticize her on these issues must not believe in open and transparent government, perhaps preferring decisions be made behind the scenes and voted on as a technicality?

Commissioner Frazier has taken principled stances on fiscal soundness, individual rights, and just action; she fought for those ideals on a daily basis; and she consistently voted in favor of those values.  She is frequently attacked by government workers who want to grow government; those who believe that the money you earn does not belong to you but to them.  The same tired old manufactured funding crises are trotted out by the usual suspects demanding more spending and more government every year without question.  More spending means more taxes to be collected….from you.  Commissioner Frazier fought every day for Carroll government to be more accountable and thrifty in how it spent your money.  When unemployment and underemployment is high, businesses are closing and people are moving away, more government spending only adds to the problem. Under Commissioner Frazier’s constant pressure several tax reductions were enacted while prudent spending allowed government to do what it had to, but with a little less of your money.

Commissioner Frazier faithfully served her constituents, helping with their concerns and issues and was one of the Commissioners most often working in the office.  She protected Carroll County’s interests and earned respect state wide while serving on the Governor’ Intergovernmental Commission on Agriculture; sitting on the Maryland Association of County’s (MACo) Board of Directors; and serving as the MACo Legislative Representative for Carroll County.

As the MACo representative, she was often asked to testify in Annapolis against legislation that infringed on the rights of Carroll citizens or caused undue financial pressure on the county and citizens.  She talked with legislators on both sides of the aisle that she had come to know during her tenure in the Ehrlich Administration, and discussed with them how counties are impacted by certain legislation, helping to make progress in such areas as the Conowingo Dam dredging.  She was instrumental in forming the Rural Coalition and encouraged the MACo Board to include them as a part of MACo. Today they are making a difference.

Commissioner Frazier went to Annapolis to fight for your rights and your wallet because government is a continuum and nearly everything county government must deal with comes from Annapolis.  Visit  RobinBartlettFrazier.com to read some of her testimony.

Kathy Fuller

3 Strikes. You’re out, Jack!

batting-imageR1In baseball, normal people know it’s a bad idea to let the batter call his own balls and strikes. Normal people see the need for an umpire. But not the guy who strikes out all the time. He wants to call balls and strikes. He’s  always complaining about the umps.

So it goes with the democrat party in Carroll County. Their ideas keep striking out with intelligent Carroll voters at the ballot box. And they complain so loudly about our terrific umpires like Richard Rothschild and Robin Frazier. Do democrats learn from their failures at the plate? Do they re-think their ideas?

Ha! Of course not.

What they do is instruct their candidates to switch from Democrat to Republican Party, and they tell voters what they want to hear, not what they plan to do once in office.  They tell us what “nice guys” their candidates are, never focusing on meaningful accomplishments, presumably because there are none.

Sadly the democrat-loving Carroll County Times jumps on the bandwagon. How many letters to the editor have been published telling us Richard Rothschild’s write-in opponent is a nice guy?

Richard Rothschild and Robin Frazier are two exceptional Carroll County Commissioners that have done so much good for the county. They’ve fought the good fight of lowering taxes and defending our individual liberties. Do Carroll residents pay the stupid Rain Tax? NO! Thank you commissioners Rothschild and Frazier. They led that charge.

Rothschild and Frazier have been terrific stewards of the people’s treasury. They opposed subsidized housing projects and mass-transit from Baltimore. They fought to slow urbanization of our county.  They fought to give parents choice when it came to educating their children.

It seems to me that democrats desire their pro-government-union comrades elected into public office.  Government-union plants in charge of the people’s treasury?  That’s the batter calling his own balls and strikes. It’s a bad idea. Strike that. It’s a very, VERY bad idea.

On November 4th, I’m proudly voting for Richard Rothschild in district 4. I’m encouraging neighbors to do the same. I’m also encouraging family and friends in District 1 to write-in Robin Frazier; and in District 5, I’m encouraging friends to write-in a true patriot’s name, Cathey Allison.

There is one democrat running for office I support – Vince Pacelli for Sheriff. He’s accomplished and, to the best of my knowledge, not backed by a government union.

Sincerely,

Patrick DiNenna
20-year Carroll Tax-Payer
Winfield, MD

Thank You Commissioner Rothschild

Commissioner Rothschild is one of the few elected officials I’ve seen in my life that keeps his promises.

Liberals oppose him because he uses his knowledge and expertise to advance values that made our country great; honesty, integrity, fiscal responsibility, and an understanding of the state and federal constitutions. He exemplifies the ideal that elected officials are fiduciaries and public trustees. These are not sound bites. They are fundamental character traits every elected official must possess.

Commissioner Rothschild values education and our children. He believes parents should decide where their children go to school. He believes local parents should control education, not the federal government and Common Core. Most importantly he has proven he makes decisions based on principles rather than populist whims.

Rothschild repeatedly asked the Board of Education to reduce infrastructure costs and overhead because of declining enrollments. Consequently, the Board of Education attacked Rothschild because he is trying to fulfill his duties to his constituents by questioning the BoE’s endless demands for more taxpayer money though enrollment is steadily declining.

Rothschild is arguably the only remaining commissioner willing to stand-up for fiscal responsibility. He places principles first and is willing to risk popularity in order to protect the financial well-being of our government, schools, and taxpayers.

The write-in candidate’s website says nothing about his position on finance, budgeting, gun-rights, property rights, government mandates, or waste disposal. Nothing! We do know he is a lifelong democrat that recently re-registered as a Republican specifically to oppose conservatives during the primary. His claim that teachers haven’t received any increases for five years is a bald face lie. During the past three years, most teachers received a step increase; a 2.5% bonus; and a 3% bonus. I’m sick and tired of the one-sided propaganda spread by liberal candidates that are nothing but impostors who lie and deceive the people. Naturally, if the write-in candidate blatantly lies and deceives voters by switching political parties then why should any sane person believe the write-in candidate would govern any differently?

Rothschild has governed with integrity. Dan Bongino described him as, “the model for what all Republicans should strive for in Maryland“. Ellen Sauerbrey said, “Rothschild understands what made America great and fights tirelessly to preserve the fundamental principles of limited government and personal freedom. He has demonstrated great courage under fire”.

I agree with Dan and Ellen.

Thank you Commissioner Rothschild.

Scott Strzelczyk