Thursday, February 28, 2008

I am very generous (with other people's money)

If you are a Howard County taxpayer, you made a generous grant to Howard County General Hospital. The $4 million grant will be used to fund expansion and renovations. The CEO of the hospital had this to say:

“The entire hospital family, including our 1,700+ employees, 800+ members of our medical staff and 1,000 volunteers are very grateful to County Executive Ulman and the five members of the County Council for this outstanding, and generous investment, which will allow us to expand and enhance our health care services, and transform how we care for the community,” said Vic Broccolino, President and CEO of Howard County General Hospital: A Member of Johns Hopkins Medicine. [Emphasis mine]

Our County Executive and our County Council may or may not be generous people- and I do not give a rat’s behind if they are generous or not- but this is not an example of generosity. Why not? Simply put, it is impossible be generous with someone else’s money. If I use the force of law to extort $100 from you, and then I donate it to the Salvation Army, have I been generous in any way? Hardly. As far as I am concerned, the County Government just advertised that they have overcharged us all at least $4 million in taxes. Thanks, elected officials. That is really responsible of you.


Anonymous said...

No only were they not generous, they also gave tax money to a business. How many other businesses will they give MY money to? Why not give it to Bun Penny to keep them open?

Anonymous said...

Anon, I'm not sure what point you are trying to make, but I'd like to point out that the county gave the funds to a nonprofit (the hospital is a nonprofit organization.) I'm guessing that you were concerned that the funds went to a for-profit company. Not only is that not the case, but both for profit and not for profit organizations are "businesses."