O’Malley: equality leads to prosperity
October 24th, 2013
05:53 PM ET
7 years ago

O’Malley: equality leads to prosperity

(CNN) - Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley championed a series of progressive causes during a policy speech in Washington Thursday, touting his state’s economic record as evidence that encouraging liberal social issues can lead to prosperity.

“Promoting the right to vote, guaranteeing marriage equality, treating immigrant people with respect and with dignity, these things are also things that make Maryland stronger and more competitive economically,” O’Malley told a forum at the left-leaning Center for American Progress.

The potential 2016 Democratic presidential candidate claimed that Maryland is creating jobs at the fastest rate of any state in its region.

“Bigotry does not create jobs, and division does not expand economic opportunity. In face isolation actually kills innovation,” O’Malley said, lamenting that several states have passed stricter voting laws this year.

“These laws are designed to make it more difficult for people to vote. They disproportionally affect minorities, older Americans, poor people, (and) young people. And by discouraging individual participation, these laws have another affect, and that is they threaten productivity,” O’Malley said.

Similarly, limiting marriage equality and immigration rights undermines a state’s economic competitiveness by threatening creativity and reducing job creation, O’Malley said.

“In Maryland we believe that our diversity is our strength, and that we all do better when we’re all doing better,” he said.

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  1. just asking

    blah, blah, blah.... you forgot to mention that the democrats also want somebody else to pay for their every growing government intrusion on our lives. not only are we losing more and more of our freedom because of them, we are going bankrupt doing it.

    more like center for american progression to fiscal ruin and state control of our lives.

    October 24, 2013 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  2. anonymous

    O’Malley: equality leads to prosperity

    Sure hasn't worked out that way for the black community living on the Democrat plantation. Unless of course you mean the equal right to poverty and a jail cell.

    October 24, 2013 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  3. Thomas

    Just Saying ," This can't be true " . If so Realty hurts !
    Liberal social issues can't lead to prosperity and Freedom .

    Ask anybody in the TeaParty .

    On second thought , don't wast your time !

    October 24, 2013 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  4. Rick McDaniel

    Giving hand outs to people who haven't earned their way, to pretend to be liberal, is just demeaning Americans.........who work for a living, and earning their OWN way.

    October 24, 2013 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  5. nintex

    It's like a breath of fresh air to read these positive statements from Gov. O'Malley; it gives one hope that with this type of thinking our country can get back on track after being overwhelmed with tea party negativity, fear, gloom and doom the past few years. He is so right – American's diversity is our strength, and we all do better when we're all doing better. Is this so hard to understand, tea party?

    October 24, 2013 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  6. What's in that tea anyway?

    Let's remember the last administration nearly destroyed the middle class which has been the bedrock of this country's success since WWI under Roosevelt, another Dem Pres. I might add. We also got social security and labor unions under Roosevelt....oops that's right we will get our usual Tea Trolls posting how that was all Pres. Obama's fault and is socialist motives were experienced a half century before he was born in Kenya....idiots

    October 24, 2013 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  7. edc123

    Everything attributed to O'Malley in this article is laudable. However, one must look at his complete record. He has been increasing and creating taxes at every turn in my opinion. In fact many people are leaving Maryland because of tax increases during his term. In my opinion the only reason Maryland is able to hold fairly steady in these tough times is due to the largess of the Federal government. Fair warning to the rest of America: It seems probable that he might want to run for President and do to the rest of America what he has done here in Maryland. That is, in my opinion, big spender and big taxer.

    October 24, 2013 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  8. Liz the First

    Nine of the ten poorest states are red, and nine of the ten most prosperous states are blue. that pretty much invalidates every argument the 'right' makes for their way of doing things. and why are they called the 'right' anyway when they're wrong about pretty much everything?

    October 24, 2013 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |