On October eleventh 2010, governor Martin O’Malley and former governor, now running for governor again, Bob Ehrlich, had a debate on national television discussing issues and bringing them to the public. One such issue was the current job market in Maryland. Bob Ehrlich and Martin O’Malley have different opinions on what needs to be done to create more jobs. Bob Ehrlich stresses the importance of creating private sector jobs, as in, jobs from private industries, not government jobs. Martin O’Malley stresses the importance of small businesses. Ultimately, O’Malley claims that, although times are tough, we’re on the right track, and things are getting better; while Ehrlich claims things have been getting worse since his administration ended.
Marin O’Malley states that 2/3 of jobs are created by small businesses, which is why they, above larger businesses, need to flourish. He seems to imply that, although we are certainly in tough times, we are still progressive, siting statistics that establish that last year we had one of the highest-performing technology sectors in the country, that we have created over 33,000 net new jobs, and that Forbes magazine ranked Maryland as one of the top three most educated states in the country. But Bob Ehrlich says that since his administration ended, the unemployment rate was only 4%, now it’s 7.6%. He says that “we were in the 70s. And now we are back to the 30s.”
Both parties feel very strongly about this issue, and take similar opinions that revolve around the idea of creating jobs. But Bob Ehrlich states and restates that things have gotten worse under Martin O’Maley’s administration, and Martin O’Maley assures that things are getting better. Martin also compliments Maryland, assuring that we have things to be proud of. Ultimately, Martin is appealing to create an “economy of innovation.”
It’s been said that a pollination is a man that can talk for hours and never say anything important, and no where is that more apparent than here. Granted, they do share their opinions, but their opinions are buried in redundant statements and over extravagant phrasing of sentences. Martin O’Maley keeps referring to an “economy of innovation,” but it’s never explained what that is, and comes across as jibberish that was meant to sound revolutionary. Bob Ehrlich spends a great deal of time talking about how things where better during his administration, so it feels like he’s trying to get support for his old administration instead of discussing the issues.
Bob Ehrlich is trying to convince people that Maryland was better off during his administration, and therefor, he should be re-elected so he can continue with his administration. It’s important for him to hammer this in, since if people are convinced that his administration was lousy, they’d have no reason to vote for him now. As for Martin O’Maley, he does address issues more directly than Bob, siting statistics and information about our current conditions.
Ultimately I feel that this is a rather stale competition, since no matter who wins, we’re still left without any young blood in the office. Both politicians seem very peer-review driven, and uninteresting. I, for one, sold my vote for a chicken sandwich.