There’s one thing we do know about the expansion of Washington’s Little League: This maneuver to get the region past a veto of its 2027 expansion by Mayor Muriel Bowser is a huge waste of taxpayers’ time and money. It is also, sadly, nothing new in politics: Busy Republicans and Democrats do this sort of thing because they know the government’s silence is deafening.
It’s not as if politicians from either side of the aisle feel any moral obligation to make a stand on this. The idea that regional leaders should work together to prevent the loss of this team ― specifically a long-time family-owned franchise that spends millions of dollars yearly on employee salaries and the creation of a farm system for the game’s future superstars ― is one Congress can help support.
Instead, our elected officials have effectively shut their eyes on the issue. Right now, our governments appear to be in agreement: This expansion goes ahead and won’t get any scrutiny in the town-hall meetings or congressional hearings that the matter deserves.
There are those who contend that this expansion is merely an inevitability. We are confident that is far from the case. No one’s asking for our permission, we’re just concerned that if Congress is not going to even entertain the idea of stopping this expansion, why should we?