Americans deserve the truth
On the same day that letter carriers, along with other labor organizations, are picketing his district office, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, has posted a misleading web page on his committee’s website that attacks the Postal Service (and its employees). Note: This is on a government (i.e. taxpayer-supported) website.
While claiming to offer “just the facts,” the website does anything but that. There are no facts. The narrative about the United States Postal Service on the Issa site is an invented story—it is political posturing at its worst.
The site manipulates the facts about the Postal Service’s fiscal situation and advocates destroying, not saving, the United States Postal Service.
This isn’t the first time that Issa and his freshman colleague, Rep. Dennis Ross (R-FL), have failed to present the truth when discussing America’s most trusted federal agency, the United States Postal Service. Issa and Ross have continued to ignore the real facts as reported by two independent studies — facts supported by management, the postal labor unions and 183 members of Congress from both political parties. Issa and Ross have decided to invent their own “facts” based on—well, nothing.
Instead, what Issa and Ross propose as a “better Postal Service” is actually not a service at all. It’s a hostile takeover of one of America’s most trusted agencies, under which the Postal Service’s books are to be balanced on the backs of postal employees and the communities we serve. The “fix” Issa advocates is to appoint an oversight board to micro-manage postal operations, with the power to render null-and-void our collective-bargaining agreements and to eliminate a day of delivery.
What exactly is better about Issa’s Postal Service? Not much—it fails to address the central cause of the financial crisis facing the Postal Service; it fails to offer new streams of revenue; and it advocates a top-down bureaucratic takeover of the United States Postal Service.
What’s true is that Issa’s team has quite the imagination and some great creative-writing skills (not to mention some interesting apps and great graphics to go along). What’s also true is that Congress does need to act, and act fast.
But don’t get caught up in Issa’s fairy tales. Get the truth (nalc site) and urge Congress to embrace H.R. 1351, the bipartisan postal finances reform bill drafted by Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-MA). The facts are out there — you just have to look beyond the illusions created by people who should know better.
source: NALC Activist Alert