Maryland Pulls an Underwood on House of Cards
Life imitates art when it comes to unprincipled thugs:
Maryland lawmakers made a cutthroat move against the “House of Cards” production team — threatening to seize their property through eminent domain if they stop filming in the state.
The retaliatory step came after the Netflix original series said it might move to another state if Maryland didn’t provide enough tax credits.
It isn’t just that the real-life thugs comprising the government think along the same lines as fictional villains in the entertainment world. At least one legislator was consciously inspired by the very show he is conspiring to loot.
Lawmakers, in threatening to seize their property, held no illusions about how the move could have come straight out of the playbook of Frank Underwood — the lead character and merciless tactician who claws his way up the political ladder through whatever means necessary.
“I literally thought: What is an appropriate Frank Underwood response to a threat like this?” Delegate William Frick said, according to The Washington Post. “Eminent domain really struck me as the most dramatic response.”
The provision, proposed by Frick, was attached to a budget bill and approved by the House of Delegates on Thursday. It would require the state to use eminent domain powers to buy or condemn property owned by a film company that has claimed more than $10 million in state tax credits, if they stop filming. (Translation: “House of Cards,” and its California production team Media Rights Capital)
Frick is of course a Democrat.
Ironically, House of Cards star Kevin Spacey has been a groupie to Democrat Party icon and moral paragon Bill Clinton.
Imagine if we lived in a free country. You wouldn’t need tax credits to make a movie, because taxes would not be crippling, as they are in an authoritarian welfare state, where the emphasis is on redistributing wealth rather than creating it. You also wouldn’t need to worry about bureaucrats seizing your property. You could just go about your business, and let other people go about theirs. Maybe this wouldn’t appeal to Frank Underwood, but it ought to sound good to everyone else.
On a tip from Wiggins. Cross-posted at Moonbattery.