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Mar 31 2014

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.

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  • Son_of_Taz

    Massachusetts provides tax credits for film companies that shoot here and from my perspective, it’s on the same level as subsidizing abortion clinics. Considering the utter crap that comes out of Hollywood, me and other hard working taxpayers are forced to subsidize crap we would never want our kids or family to see.

  • Eddie_Valiant

    Massachusetts provides tax credits for film companies that shoot here and from my perspective, it’s on the same level as subsidizing abortion clinics. Considering the utter crap that comes out of Hollywood, me and other hard working taxpayers are forced to subsidize crap we would never want our kids or family to see.

  • Hunter

    If HoC moves out of state, what does Maryland think it will seize?

  • Hunter

    If HoC moves out of state, what does Maryland think it will seize?

  • EngineerPoet

    All HoC has to do is sell any real assets to a third party with a leaseback option, then Maryland has nothing to go after.

  • EngineerPoet

    All HoC has to do is sell any real assets to a third party with a leaseback option, then Maryland has nothing to go after.

  • True Blue

    North Carolina also credits these slimy Hollywierd leftists on their taxes; and my how they howl when the Senate so much as contemplates ending their tax breaks. Which is deliciously ironic, given how Hollywierd constantly bombards us with the messages about “everyone paying their fair share” and “tax the rich” -all the while hiding behind the curtain and hoping nobody will recognize that they are in fact “the rich” themselves.

  • True Blue

    North Carolina also credits these slimy Hollywierd leftists on their taxes; and my how they howl when the Senate so much as contemplates ending their tax breaks. Which is deliciously ironic, given how Hollywierd constantly bombards us with the messages about “everyone paying their fair share” and “tax the rich” -all the while hiding behind the curtain and hoping nobody will recognize that they are in fact “the rich” themselves.

  • artfuldgr

    this is SO funny…
    do you think they will pull a Michelangelo?

    The Pope’s own Master of Ceremonies Biagio Da Cesena commented on the last supper in a negative way, and Michelangelo worked Cesena’s face into the scene as Minos, judge of the underworld (far bottom-right corner of the painting) with Donkey ears (i.e. indicating foolishness), while his nudity is covered by a coiled snake. It is said that when Cesena complained to the Pope, the pontiff joked that his jurisdiction did not extend to hell, so the portrait would have to remain
    [edited from wiki]

    I think so…

    but whats funnier is what happens when you play the sesame street game of “what happens next”?

    What happens next is when they ‘need’ Maryland in a movie, they will just film it someplace else, and call it Maryland… not like that hasn’t happened before when they could not shoot on site… heck, some of the old movies were just empty cars in front of movie screens showing scenic pulls.

    What happens next is that the movie industry in Maryland takes a nose dive overnight….

    to have a law which basically kicks you when your down by assuming your down out of spite, is waaaayyyy to risky for producers and their investors.

    the business is risky enough…

  • Artfuldgr

    this is SO funny…
    do you think they will pull a Michelangelo?

    The Pope’s own Master of Ceremonies Biagio Da Cesena commented on the last supper in a negative way, and Michelangelo worked Cesena’s face into the scene as Minos, judge of the underworld (far bottom-right corner of the painting) with Donkey ears (i.e. indicating foolishness), while his nudity is covered by a coiled snake. It is said that when Cesena complained to the Pope, the pontiff joked that his jurisdiction did not extend to hell, so the portrait would have to remain
    [edited from wiki]

    I think so…

    but whats funnier is what happens when you play the sesame street game of “what happens next”?

    What happens next is when they ‘need’ Maryland in a movie, they will just film it someplace else, and call it Maryland… not like that hasn’t happened before when they could not shoot on site… heck, some of the old movies were just empty cars in front of movie screens showing scenic pulls.

    What happens next is that the movie industry in Maryland takes a nose dive overnight….

    to have a law which basically kicks you when your down by assuming your down out of spite, is waaaayyyy to risky for producers and their investors.

    the business is risky enough…

  • Agrippa

    I so love it when Libtardism comes back to bite its idiot proponents in the ass! Used to think Spacey was a decent actor (“L.A. Confidential” comes to mind), but he’s become such a suck-up to the Dhimmicraps he’s worthless in his own profession. Can’t watch the moron now without holding back the vomit. Enjoy your political idiocy, Kev — you’re going to get screwed just like the rest of us (only you can afford to suffer under all this Libardism, whereas we cannot).

  • Agrippa

    I so love it when Libtardism comes back to bite its idiot proponents in the ass! Used to think Spacey was a decent actor (“L.A. Confidential” comes to mind), but he’s become such a suck-up to the Dhimmicraps he’s worthless in his own profession. Can’t watch the moron now without holding back the vomit. Enjoy your political idiocy, Kev — you’re going to get screwed just like the rest of us (only you can afford to suffer under all this Libardism, whereas we cannot).

  • RayNAiken

    Why didn’t they buy the system Massachusetts (RomneyCare) uses? Hasn’t that been working all these years? I haven’t heard that it hasn’t.
    The difference is the PEOPLE of Mass. voted for it. The rest of the nation had Obamacare rammed up it’s rear!

  • RayNAiken

    Why didn’t they buy the system Massachusetts (RomneyCare) uses? Hasn’t that been working all these years? I haven’t heard that it hasn’t.
    The difference is the PEOPLE of Mass. voted for it. The rest of the nation had Obamacare rammed up it’s rear!

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