Chris Graham: Can’t cut your way to prosperity

The quickest way to lose 50 pounds is to cut off a limb. Thwack. Right there, you’ve cut 25 percent off the top without having to do more than get anethesized.

Now, long term, you’re not going to be nearly as productive as you were before. That limb clearly did you a lot of good before you had it lopped off. Made it easier to walk, or if it was an arm that you decided to do without for the sake of weight loss, carry stuff.

This about sums up my thoughts on the upcoming City Council elections in Waynesboro. You really can’t cut your way to prosperity.

Not that the supposedly fiscally conservative City Council currently in place can be said to be at all interested in cutting anything. Let’s face facts – this is the group that is rolling the dice with $3.5 million of your money on the hopes that the scrub brush that they bought from two friends of the mayor will appreciate in resale value in 20 years.

Seriously, this is the plan. They’re speculating with $3.5 million of your money at a time when we supposedly can’t afford another $70,000 to replace unsafe bleachers at the football field at Waynesboro High School, and now the WHS graduation has had to be moved to Harrisonburg because we can’t have people sitting in those unsafe bleachers.

All due to the idea idea that the land will appreciate in value over time, which itself is as likely to be a pipe dream given the new real-estate economy than anything else. The house that I’m buying on South Wayne is a case in point of how things can go in the other direction – having originally been on the market four years ago at $249,000, and now going toward closing at $158,000.

So the cuts that the supposed conservatives in charge right now make their priority are selective at best. Cut inconvenient items like bleachers and teachers and teacher pay – and fire stations that city voters approve in referendums, you know, insignificant little things that cities can do without. And in the meantime, make sure there’s enough in the coffers to reward the good ol’ boys for making sure that you get back into office.

But cutting things to the bones is at least the operating philosophy behind the current City Council majority. Even if they were the penny pinchers that they claimed to be, the theory doesn’t work in practice. Then you get to reality, where stealing from our kids’ future, and thus our own, to pay off political debts does more to undermine our prosperity than cutting off our nose would do to spite our face.

More at

augusta free press
augusta free press news

UVA Basketball Fans!

uva basketball team of destiny
Team of Destiny: Inside Virginia Basketball’s Run to the 2019 National Championship, by Jerry Ratcliffe and Chris Graham, is available for $25. The book, with additional reporting by Zach Pereles, Scott Ratcliffe, and Scott German, will take you from the aftermath of the stunning first-round loss to UMBC in 2018 through to the thrilling overtime win over Texas Tech to win the 2019 national title, the first in school history.

Dick Vitale on Team of Destiny: “This is a hoops story you will LOVE! Jerry and Chris capture the sensational and dramatic championship journey by Tony Bennett and his tenacious Cavalier team. UVA was Awesome Baby and so is this book!”

Ralph Sampson on Team of Destiny: “Jerry and Chris have lived and seen it all, even before my time. I highly recommend this book to every basketball fan across the globe. This story translates to all who know defeat and how to overcome it!”

Buy here.

AFP Business

As professional consultants, Augusta Free Press LLC provides clients in the Shenandoah Valley and Central Virginia and beyond with marketing and PR solutions including website design, SEO, TV/radio, video work, branding and logos, social media and overall marketing campaign design and implementation. Augusta Free Press LLC was founded in 2002.

Web Design

Augusta Free Press has designed more than 800 websites for clients in the Shenandoah Valley and Central Virginia. We take care of all facets of web design – visual design, layout design, content development and SEO. Short on staff? We’ll work with you to update your AFP-designed website in a timely manner or train your staff to make changes.

Marketing/Social Media Management

Augusta Free Press manages advertising campaigns for small- and medium-sized businesses across Virginia. You don’t need to hire a full-time marketing coordinator. Bring the experience of the Augusta Free Press team to work for you – for a fraction of the cost.

Graphic Design

Augusta Free Press will help you take your vision to the next level. From branding and logos to print materials, our team will work with you to develop products to showcase your business. From brochures and rack cards to full-color magazines or print/digital ads, we’ve got you covered.

Event Planning/Fundraising

Augusta Free Press will help you plan the best event for your organization. From an open house or anniversary to a 5K or Pay Per View, we can handle it all. Looking for training for your sales staff? We can help energize your employees or board. Need ideas to raise more money? Let us help you plan a successful event. Want to hold a news conference or need help with a press release? We can do that too.

Click here for more.