Here’s a fun five minutes of your time. It came from a House committee meeting earlier today on a piece of legislation offered by Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) which would demand that if federal agencies were to expand with more office space and employees, cost-benefit analyses be performed to see if those expansions couldn’t be better made by placing the employees and offices outside of the Washington, DC area.
The reaction which ensued was more or less predictable, as DC’s delegate to the House Eleanor Holmes Norton went ballistic, but what the video picks up is a caterwauling diatribe from Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Virginia), whose district is full of federal bureaucrats and who immediately makes a flight into accusations that Chaffetz is attempting to turn the federal government into an “itinerant roadshow” across the country. Connolly then proceeds to sneer about how perhaps the capitol could be moved to “swampland in Louisiana” at a cheaper cost.
To which Chaffetz provides a stern response and hammers Connolly down, defending the honor of our “swampland” while restating the logic behind his proposal. It’s solid work for which Chaffetz deserves thanks. And Connolly deserves little more than scorn for his arrogant, screeching tone and parochial, demeaning attitude. He’s the reason people hate Washington, and he doesn’t even know it.