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Virginia Primary Day 2018: Open Thread

Today is primary election day in Virginia (polls are open from 6 am to 7 pm; vote at your regular polling location). There are...

Video: Virginia’s Disgrace, Rep. Morgan Griffith, Makes Fool of Himself on...

Here are just a few of the stupid/false things Rep. Morgan Griffith (R-VA09) said a few minutes on national TV this morning: 1) using...

Should Virginia GOP Members of Congress Be Afraid Donald Trump? Probably...

Short answer, not particularly. Here's some data and other points to ponder when considering whether or not any Virginia member of the U.S. House...

Virginia Republicans Vote to Block Enhanced Consumer Internet Privacy Protections; Constituents...

First off, there's a lot of misinformation out there (some of which is being spread by Republican Congresscrooks who voted earlier this week to...

Donald Trump Declares War on House “Freedom Caucus” (e.g., Reps. Dave...

For a list of House "Freedom Caucus" (in quotes because it's Orwellian bulls***, where "freedom" means "tyranny," pretty much), click here. Note that Representatives...

Ryan/TrumpCare Will Devastate Their Constituents; Here’s What Virginia GOP Reps are...

As Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives push to throw 24 MILLION Americans off of healthcare, while massively and disproportionately f***ing over their...

Video: Derek Kitts Rips Rep. Morgan Griffith a New One in...

From the just-concluded Virginia 9th CD debate between Derek Kitts (D) and Morgan Griffith (R). Check it out. I particularly love how Griffith, shellshocked,...

If Clinton/Kaine Win Virginia by 12 Points, What Could That Mean...

On Sunday, CBS News came out with a poll showing Clinton/Kaine defeating Trump/Pence in Virginia by 12 points (49%-37%). There have been other polls...

Congratulations to 9th CD Dem Nominee Derek Kitts; Now Please Defeat...

The following report (see below) is from 9th CD Democratic Committee Chair Isaac Sarver from today's convention (also, photo credit to Michael Hudson of...

Goodlatte, Griffith, Hurt: Do Something!

Several days ago, the three Republican congressman who "represent" the western half of the state made news when they appealed to the Postal Service not to close Roanoke's regional mail sorting station. It makes good sense not to close that station. The closure would cause 400 postal workers to lose their jobs. Mail destined for southwest Virginia would have to be shipped to Greensboro NC to be sorted and then trucked back to Virginia. However, perhaps those same Republicans should tell citizens exactly why the Postal Service is in such dire fiscal straits that it has to consider draconian measures that would otherwise make no sense.

Bob Goodlatte (R-6th) was a member of Congress in 2006 when both houses, which were under Republican control, passed the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act (PAEA). Under that bill, the Postal Service is the only agency of the government that is required to pre-pay future health benefits to retirees and all future pension costs for the next 75 years, and they have to do that in 10 years! That bill totals $103.7 billion. That means they're not just paying for present employees who will retire in the future, but they are also being required to pay for possible future employees before they actually hire them. Plus, none of this money can be used for benefits for employees who are now retired. Oh, no. That additional money also has to be paid by the Postal Service now.

Not only is no government agency or entity required to meet such draconian requirements. No private company is, either. So, the questions I have are these: Who thought up this idea that is guaranteed to bankrupt the Postal Service? Why and how was this law passed? The answers are pretty bad.