A quick confession — I have never been a fan of Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va). Having lived in Fairfax County during his tenure as Chairman of the Board of Supervisors and now having to bear him as a Congressman (although I am luckily not it his district), I can honestly say there is very little that he has done in public service that I find worthy of any praise.
I believe he is a “consummate politician” (in the absolute worst sense), always on the side of his financial supporters and finding ways to spend money on local pork projects regardless of the cost to the taxpayer (both current and future).
Today’s news is yet the latest example of the stupidity that constantly flows from the blowhole of Rep. Connolly. While NEVER proposing any realistic fixes (aside from his union-supported plan to kick pension deficits to the future) to the annual billions of dollars in “red ink” at the Post Office, he (along with another “political genius”, Rep Sam Graves of Missouri) is opposing the announced decision of the USPS to stop delivering mail on Saturdays and save $2 BILLION per year.
This idea has been floated for over a year and has received barely a whimper of opposition throughout the country. When it was announced yesterday, again it was a deafening silence of acceptance as a good fiscal decision given the migration of important notices from the mail to almost exclusive delivery via electronic means.
But Connolly decides to oppose this decision based on the grounds that the USPS doesn’t have the authority to make this decision. Well, Gerry, the idea was proposed a long time ago. If you didn’t like it, you should have offered LEADERSHIP before now to avert the change and provide real solutions to stem the annual financial losses at the USPS.
You are a big fat obstacle! You are void of good ideas. Why are you always on the side of wasting billions of dollars annually on things we NO LONGER NEED?
If you have a better idea to reverse the $16 Billion annual budget hole at the USPS, now is the time to propose it. If you don’t have a plan, then perhaps you should pick a better battle. The people RUNNING the post office see this as a reasonable and acceptable reduction in their costs and service. It has received (very) little opposition (other than you!). Congress has had YEARS to help solve the problem, but they never seem to do anything other than fill the annual hole with (borrowed) cash they don’t have in deference to the mail carriers union.
You are the problem and you are on the wrong side of this decision — as always. If you were really a true leader, you would have taken the advice of the USPS and instead of challenging their authority, rather you should have pushed the decision through Congress to make it legitimate.
Get out of the way, Gerry. You are an unwelcome speed bump to getting even small things done in the name of fiscal sanity.
WHERE IS YOUR BETTER IDEA, MORON? Simply opposing long-standing plans that have been fully vetted via the court of public opinion is not a solution. YOU ARE NOW THE PROBLEM — A $2 BILLION WINDBAG OF FISCAL WASTE.