Gerry Connolly is a Congressman.
Gerry used to be Chairman of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors.
Gerry built the local TajMahal – the Fairfax County Government Center.
It was the biggest, most expensive county government building around.
Gerry welcomed illegal immigrants. He made Fairfax a sanctuary county.
On Gerry’s watch, crime went up in Fairfax. Way up. Something like 22% in just one year.
Gerry took contributions from big developers and the real estate industry. Lots of contributions. Like over $200,000.
On Gerry’s watch, traffic congestion got worse in Fairfax. Much worse.
Gerry brought lots of new houses to Fairfax.
He made the Fairfax voters (not the developers) pay for the schools and fire stations and other infrastructure to serve all the new houses.
But Gerry wasn’t done.
Gerry left Fairfax County with a $650 million deficit.
Then Gerry ran for Congress.
Lots of people were excited about Barack Obama running for President.
They voted for Gerry for Congress too.
Gerry went to Congress.
But Gerry did not forget about Fairfax County.
Gerry asked Congress to bail out Fairfax.
That’s right, he asked every taxpayer in the U.S. to help Fairfax with the deficit he created.
Not just Fairfax either, but all the states and cities and counties that have spent more money than they had.
How would Gerry pay for the taxpayer money he wants to give to states and counties and cities that overspent?
Well, the same way he paid for all the fancy buildings and programs in Fairfax.
Gerry wants to grow the federal deficit.
Gerry wants to increase the national debt.
Right now, the National Debt is approaching 11 Trillion dollars.
Your share is over $34,000.
If Gerry gets to spend all the new taxpayer dollars he wants, your share would be over $41,000.
Foreign countries and other investors own that debt.
Every time we spend money we don’t have, we owe those investors more interest.
Someday, someone will have to pay it all back.
Gerry knows this. But Gerry likes spending other people’s money too much to stop.
Gerry was talking about expanding the Troubled Asset Relief Program to bailout state and local governments. This is what Gerry said:
“Our partners in state and local governments are already facing tough financial choices but if this particular issue is not addressed, it could lead to a contraction of the national economy to the tune of hundreds of billions of dollars at precisely the time we are trying to stimulate it.”
Transcribed from CSPAN 1/14/09 – Debate on H.R.384, which would, among other things, expand TARP funds to bail out state and local governments.
And that, boys and girls, is called “fear makes waste” with Gerry and his friends in Washington. Scary, huh?