Hats-off to Stephen Moore for his insightful analysis in the Wall Street Journal of the very different economic tracks of Maryland and Virginia. In addition to sharing a border, these two states uniquely are impacted by the "cash-dispenser" in Washington, D.C. Each state also has a powerful Governor that is the Chairman of their respective political party's Governors Association.
But, that's about where the similarities end. Virginia has taken a conservative approach – lower taxes, encourage business investment, reduced government spending – under the leadership of Republican Governor Bob McDonnell. Maryland's Governor Martin O'Malley is an "unapologetic" tax-and-spend liberal who has followed the Obamanomics Keynesian model of more spending, higher taxes, and more debt.
Bob Beauprez is a former Member of Congress and is currently the editor-in-chief of A Line of Sight, an online policy resource. Prior to serving in Congress, Mr. Beauprez was a dairy farmer and community banker. He and his wife Claudia reside in Lafayette, Colorado. You may contact him at: http://bobbeauprez.com/contact/