In their Update ad for March 10, 2010, Business Queen Anne’s (the Developer Cartel) charged that the “no growth agenda has killed the QAC economy” and announced, “QAC: Unemployment is 7% -- one of the highest on the eastern shore.”
The Developer Candidates have relentlessly stated that we have one of the highest unemployment rates on the Eastern Shore! They blame “conservationists” and “no-growthers” which are their terms for anyone who doesn’t agree with their goal of turning Queen Anne’s County into Glen Burnie. The Developer Seven say if we oppose them, we will “kill” the economy of Queen Anne’s County!
The fact is that while the Cartel was putting out this propaganda, the Queen Anne’s County unemployment rate was the lowest on the Eastern Shore just as it had been in 2009. That’s right! We have the lowest unemployment rate of all nine Eastern Shore counties. Oh, and guess what? In 2008 we had the lowest unemployment rate on the Eastern Shore. Oops, and in 2007 it was the lowest, and in… (You get the idea.) Click here to check out the truth at http://www.dllr.state.md.us/lmi/laus/.
Let me add, that as of July of this year, the most recent month for which figures are available, that our county’s unemployment rate is still the lowest on the Eastern Shore.
The Cartel must have thought that telling a lie so far from the truth would never be challenged. But the truth will win out, and it has, and with it, this lesson: Don’t go to the Developer Cartel for the truth. When you see the slick ads and mailers from groups like Business Queen Anne’s and Friends of Queen Anne’s County PAC, remember one thing. Their profits, at the expense of the county’s citizens, are all they care about. Truth is a casualty of their greed.
Stay tuned. More of the Cartel lies will be exposed.