The difficulty of cutting back on government spending was recently exemplified here in Delaware when the Post Office proposed closing down a local processing facility and having the work done more efficiently at a similar facility in New Jersey. Such changes are often first proposed to give the political pressures time to operate, and, in this case, it worked. The proposal was rejected, saving 200 local federal union jobs.
Our Senator Carper said, “[The rejection] is the answer to a lot of people’s prayers—including my own.” The image that comes to mind is of our senator kneeling by his bedside each night, praying, “Please God, bless my wife and children, strengthen me to do thy will, and, especially, protect the union jobs at the Hares Corner Postal Facility. Trash the jobs in someone else’s state.” The workers in that vague, unnamed other state didn’t see it coming, so they didn’t have an equal chance to pray.
But the latest proposal now pinpoints Maryland as that other state, closing their postal facility and moving their work to Delaware, and the political maneuvering starts all over again, only there instead of here. (The Vice President is our boy. Ha! In your face, Maryland!)
Will it ever be different?