NALC sent out the following message to its members about Rep. Darrell Issa using taxpayer money to fund a website in his war against postal workers.
It was brought to my attention today that, under the direction of Rep. Darrel Issa (R-CA), the chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, an anti-USPS website was launched. This website completely misleads the public by repeatedly threatening a taxpayer bailout unless the draconian cuts laid out in the Issa-Ross bill, H.R. 2309, are implemented. There is no mention of the solution offered by Rep. Stephen Lynch, H.R. 1351, which is supported by nearly 200 House members from both parties. H.R. 1351 addresses the massively over-funded CSRS and FERS pension funds as well as the onerous pre-funding payments for future retiree health benefits, whose fund already has more that $42 billion in it. There is more than enough “postal money” out there to solve the Postal Service’s financial hardships—caused almost entirely due to Congress’ mandate to pre-fund future retiree health benefits in the first place—without needing to consider any taxpayer bailout of any kind.
The website comes complete with a YouTube video, a ticking countdown clock to a “Postal Default” and a survey that asks for the public’s opinion on how to tackle the financial crisis facing the Postal Service. The survey, however, only offers either the provisions of the Issa-Ross bill or a taxpayer bailout as possible solutions to the Postal Service’s financial difficulties.
I think this website is an abuse of taxpayer money and I am asking you, as one of Congressman Issa’s constituents and as a target of his attacks, to let him know we feel this way. Please contact Congressman Issa at either of the phone numbers below and demand that this website be taken down and that he refrain from using his position as committee chairman to push his radical agenda on the American people. They deserve the truth!
Washington office: (202) 225-3906
Vista, CA office: (760) 599-5000
Fredric V. Rolando, President
National Association of Letter Carriers
More on Issa from PostalReporter.com.
According to a news article from North County Times
Issa took control of the committee and its dozens of staffers in January, promising to doggedly go after administration wrongdoing and federal misspending.
To date, he’s overseen 28 full committee hearings, 59 subcommittee hearings and sent 430 letters to the White House and federal agencies demanding information over matters where he sees potential wrongdoing.
The New York Times story highlighted what many of his critics are suspicious about —- his personal wealth, estimated at well more than $400 million, which has grown exponentially in recent years, according to his financial disclosure statements.
His detractors, most with strong Democratic ties, have launched websites chronicling his wealth and questioning his actions. They also allege he steered federal road money to Vista to ultimately benefit commercial property he owns, and reject his explanation that city leaders requested the money.
The critics also intimate that he pressures federal agencies in ways that benefit him personally. A House committee charged with overseeing congressional ethics briefly examined Issa’s dealings and opted not to open an investigation.
One of his chief critics, Rick Jacobs of the liberal Los Angeles-based Courage Campaign, flatly calls Issa “corrupt.
In the months ahead, he said he has high hopes of seeing his legislation passed for wholesale reform of the Postal Service to reduce its workforce and return it to profitability. He sees the same for his bill that mandates full accountability and transparency of all federal spending.