Politicians are fond of invoking the elderly on behalf of a favored cause, but Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., took that gambit to a new level yesterday when discussing S. 1789, a bill intended to keep the U.S. Postal Service afloat. Who knew that the only thing connecting Gramps to the rest of us were auto insurance come-ons and grocery store fliers? Here, straight from a transcript in the Congressional Record, is Reid’s take on one reason for saving the Postal Service.
For seniors who cannot leave their
homes, mail carriers deliver lifesaving
medications—an important link to the
outside world. Elderly Americans rely
on the U.S. Postal Service.
I will go home tonight to my home
here in Washington, and there will be
some mail there. A lot of it is what
some people refer to as junk mail, but
for the people who are sending that
mail, it is very important.
And talking about seniors, seniors
love to get junk mail. It is sometimes
their only way of communicating or
feeling they are part of the real world.
Elderly Americans, more than any
other group of people in America, rely
on the U.S. Postal Service.”
Reid, by the way, is 71. FedLine’s not sure what to make of that.