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Waxing Poetic on the Session

The final hours of a legislative session bring fatigue, short tempers, impatience for action and ... .for one State House observer who wished to remain anonymous, poetry:

The 12 Days of Extraordinary Special Session

On the first day of extraordinary special session ,
my Governor gave to me
some dark Irish poetry

On the second day of extraordinary special session,
my Maryland gave to me
Two feuding Mikes
And some dark Irish poetry.

On the third day of extraordinary special session,
the Comptroller gave to me
Three Franchot gems,
Two feuding Mikes,
and some dark Irish poetry.

On the fourth day of extraordinary special session,
the General Assembly gave to me
Four Green Bay Funds,
Three Franchot gems,
Two feuding Mikes,
And some dark Irish poetry.

On the fifth day of extraordinary special session,
the Senate gave to me
Five spots for slots!
Four Green Bay Funds
Three Franchot gems,
Two feuding Mikes,
And some dark Irish poetry.

On the sixth day of extraordinary special session,
my caucus gave to me
Six votes a-swaying,
Five spots for slots!
Four Green Bay Funds
Three Franchot gems,
Two feuding Mikes,
And some dark Irish poetry.

On the seventh day of extraordinary special session,
General Services gave to me
Seven weeks 'til next session,
Six votes a-swaying,
Five spots for slots!
Four Green Bay Funds
Three Franchot gems,
Two feuding Mikes,
And some dark Irish poetry.

On the eighth day of extraordinary special session,
the Republicans gave to me
Eight filibusters busting
Seven weeks 'til next session,
Six votes a-swaying
Five spots for slots!
Four Green Bay Funds
Three Franchot gems,
Two feuding Mikes,
And some dark Irish poetry.

On the ninth day of extraordinary special session,
Montgomery County gave to me
Nine delegates dancing,
Eight filibusters busting
Seven weeks til next session,
Six votes a-swaying
Five spots for slots!
Four Green Bay Funds
Three Franchot gems,
Two feuding Mikes,
And some dark Irish poetry.
On the tenth day of Extraordinary special session,
the special interests gave to me
Ten lobbyists leaping,
Nine delegates dancing,
Eight filibusters busting
Seven weeks til next session,
Six votes a-swaying
Five spots for slots!
Four Green Bay Funds
Three Franchot gems,
Two feuding Mikes,
And some dark Irish poetry.

On the eleventh day of extraordinary special session,
the Senate President gave to me
Eleven minutes of Pipkin preaching,
Ten lobbyists leaping,
Nine delegates dancing,
Eight filibusters busting
Seven weeks til next session,
Six votes a-swaying
Five spots for slots!
Four Green Bay Funds
Three Franchot gems,
Two feuding Mikes,
And some dark Irish poetry.

On the twelfth day of Extraordinary special session,
the ink-stained wretches gave to me
Twelve deadlines drumming,
Eleven minutes of Pipkin preaching,
Ten lobbyists leaping,
Nine delegates dancing,
Eight filibusters busting
Seven weeks til next session,
Six votes a-swaying
Five spots for slots!
Four Green Bay Funds
Three Franchot gems,
Two feuding Mikes,
And some dark Irish poetry.

By Lisa Rein  |  November 21, 2007; 1:17 PM ET
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Comments

It's not what Maryland's government gave to any of us; it's what it took from us.

Plenty.

Posted by: soccer dad | November 21, 2007 2:29 PM | Report abuse

Homeowner alert! Did you see the Thanksgiving message from County Executive Leggett in the managed news Thanksgiving Post? Leggett says, "he might need to. . . . raise additional revenue to close the shortfall." After advocating and getting increases in the state income, sales, car, and corporate taxes, the County Executive now covets your home equity. He says, "given potential reduction to essential county services, includng health care, education, public safety services and other critical services," he may need to raise property taxes. That means exceeding the county charter property tax limit. That is why it is so important to pass our 2008 ballot question which makes it more difficult to exceed that limit. Of course, the Post buried news of Leggett's tax increase talk in Maryland
Briefing---where they don't allow blogging. The Post and Leggett covet your home equity! Look for State Senator Rob Garagiola, the deciding vote in the State Senate 24-23 vote for all the recent tax increases, to be a leader in the fight to raise property taxes too.

Posted by: Robin Ficker of Robin Realty | November 22, 2007 9:06 AM | Report abuse

There once was a man named O'Malley,
who got into office by a narrow tally.

A liar by trade, he made his opponent's hopes fade by playing the anti-Bush charade. But some were not so easily swayed.

So then he said, "the difference, you'll see, is that I'll fix BGE" but we've only seen him surrender.

Now we're governed by hacks,
who only know the word "tax" and
at the helm is a reckless spender.

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