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Darrell Issa's Fight Against The Post Office- Could It Have Anything To Do With Contributions He Has Received From UPS?

Updated on October 14, 2011

Darrell Issa Has Some Explaining To Do!

Darrell Issa, the GOP ranking member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, is leading the charge that may very well close the United States Post Office. The fight may initially cost 120,000 postal service workers their jobs and eventually cost all of the other postal workers their jobs as well. The goal of the GOP and Issa, according to most involved in the fight, is to put the US Post Office out of business and allow private companies to take over all mail operations in this country. The reason: the GOP currently believes that private corporations are more efficient in every field. But according to the Center for Responsive Politics, Issa has received thousands of dollars in campaign contributions from the PAC representing UPS. To be fair, prior to Issa turning against the US Post Office, he did accept contributions from the US Post Office. Their representatives now say that Issa will never receive another dime. Does it sound a little fishy that Issa would accept money from both sides in the fight? Everything Issa does sounds fishy, because everything Issa does rarely passes the smell test.

Issa is one of the wealthiest men in Congress. He has a more than shady past, dotted with arrests for auto theft, allegations of arson and insurance fraud, as well as a conviction on weapons charges. Trust him because he has proven to be trustworthy? Not likely, if you consider his past. Even Issa's recent past while a member of Congress is shrouded in questionable actions. Congressman Issa purchased land and then asked for and received pork barrel government funds for improvements that increased the value of his investment. He has purchased another land parcel at a price $3 million dollars less than another offer on the table, thus suggesting to some that he has received millions of dollars in land discounts in a pay for play scheme.

Issa has a Goldman-Sachs connection, too. While using his Congressional power to block an investigation into the activities of Goldman-Sachs, it was revealed that Issa was investing millions with the company.

Does Issa Own Stock In UPS or FedEx?

Darrell Issa owns, according to his financial disclosure forms, interests in many financial funds that feature varied investments in many private corporations. The breakdowns of the funds' investment portfolios are not readily apparent. In light of issa's past patterns, it would be prudent to determine just how much, if any, money Issa has invested in either UPS, FedEx or any other private firms that would seek to pick up the slack if the Post Office were to close. Congress, or at least the Postal Service should pose the question to Issa. It is the only way to determine if Issa has a personal interest in pushing for the closure of the US Post Office. The hundreds of thousands of workers that would lose their jobs deserve answers.

Why The Post Office Operates At A Loss

The US Post Office costs American taxpayers nothing. All operating costs are funded by the sales of stamps and postage. Granted, they are currently operating in the red, but that is because of onerous requirements placed upon them in the recent past. Unlike any public or private corporation in this country, Congress has mandated that the post office fully fund all of their foreseeable pension and health benefit costs for the next 75 years. Congress also decided, in their infinite wisdom, to allow only 10 years for the Post Office to accomplish this feat. Sounds impossible? It may prove to be. But Congress could remove the requirement, or at least amend it, so that the Post Office could survive.

In this economic climate of job losses and financial insecurity, why would the Republican members of Congress desire to add to the economic misery being suffered by millions of Americans? Why would they chance increasing the numbers of unemployed?

Maybe those making these decisions have personal financial gains to consider. The American people need to question the motives behind this all out assault on the U.S Post Office and its employees.

Leave it to Darrell Issa? No way! Not in light of his past transgressions and questionable sense of ethics. Issa, who owned the security company that manufactured the Viper car alarm even supplied his voice to the alarm itself. What is the old saying? If it sounds like a viper...

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    heythere26 

    5 years ago

    HR2309 proposed by Representative Darrell Issa is being pushed as a remedy to the problem Congress created with passage of HR6407

    Issa claims he is striving to save the USPS yet he is ignoring expenses that can be deleted without disrupting the service.

    #1. The Postal Accountable and Enhancement Act,HR6407 needs to be rescinded. In 2006 the PAEA signed by Bush, mandated that the USPS fund 75 years of retiree health benefits in 10 at 5.5 Billion a year which has been mistakenly referred to as a loss which could lead to the conclusion by hasty readers that the Post Office’s expense for labor is the cause of the loss, not the demand for 75 years of retiree health benefits paid to the treasury in 10.

    #2. Overpayments of 50 to 75 Billion the USPS made to the Civil Service Retirement Service should be returned.

    #3. Overpayments the USPS made to FERS need to be retrieved.

    #4.The USPS needs to charge more for delivering UPS parcels to places UPS don’t.

    #5. Adjust the ratio of managers to workers.

    #6 Quit giving deep discounts to large businesses.

    Issa’s solution is to cut the workforce by at least 100,000, and make Postal Workers’ wages and benefits depend on a separate board when a contract isn’t agreed upon. This is a case where Issa’s cure would cause the death of the USPS as a public service and have it revived as a business with lower paid workers, higher rates , less service and higher pay and bonuses for those at the top levels of management.

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    S1789, sponsored by Lieberman, passed in the Senate in April but not in the House,would cut 100,000 jobs with the USPS when we don’t need to have more unemployed workers. S1789 would decrease compensation for injured workers and end it for those over 65, when we don’t need to take away compensation or lower compensation for injured workers. It would weaken the unions which promote a “living wage” at a time when we don’t need to add more people to the “working poor”, S1789 would close smaller post offices (some have already closed), and slow mail delivery by closing 200+ distribution centers.

    In 2006 Congress voted to have the USPS fund 75 years of retiree health benefits in 10 amounting to 5.5 Billion a year.

    Saddled with funding 5.5 Billion a year that had nothing to do with mail delivery, the USPS could no longer have it’s revenue =costs as it had done until 2006.

    If this bill is passed or HR2309 the USPS will end up virtually privatized with lower wages and benefits for its ’workers, a scaled down and overworked workforce, more mail services contracted out, less services for the public including curbside service in place of home delivery.

    This is how the Post Office could end up privatized if HR2309 were passed.

    Management is replaced if they cannot successfully restructure Postal Service finances when the Postal Service fails to pay its bills for more than 30 days, a receivership-style authority takes over for USPS management with an explicit mandate to cut costs while maintaining universal service.

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    Jillian Barclay 

    6 years ago from California, USA

    American Romance,

    The USPS is being held to a standard that NO ONE has ever been held to before; 75 years into the future and fund that 75 years in 10. It is a standard that is unrealistic and designed to put them out of business. That is the motivator. You and I probably disagree on this, but there is no company that can accomplish this and stay in business.

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    American Romance 

    6 years ago from America

    Jillian, NO YOU are not getting the point! Every independent business has to have a plan for funding promised retirement! It must be that the post office has never made that plan! Someone has figured out they are in trouble if they don't! You can bet money WE the taxpayer will be paying this if it doesn't get fixed! Don't think for a moment it wont happen!.............cause it always does!........How many times have we heard ......but their too big to fail blah blah blah

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    Jillian Barclay 

    6 years ago from California, USA

    Thank you, gman!

    Well said AND fact!

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    gman 

    6 years ago

    American Romance I don't understand your statement. Unionized pensions are mounting?? Here are the facts: the pension funds for the USPS have been OVERFUNDED, and the unions are fighting to get Congress to refund these overpayments to the USPS so that they can use this money to get out of the financial hole Congress created back in 2006 when it passed the law requiring the USPS to prefund future retirees health benefits. There is no call from the unions for a bailout of any kind, nor is there any problem with any of the USPS pensions. Without the prefunding requirement alone, the USPS would be in the black. If Congress amends or eliminates this requirement, and refunds the pension overpayments, the USPS would be profitable, WITHOUT a bailout, WITHOUT reductions in service, WITHOUT closures of over 50% of all processing centers, WITHOUT major reductions in workforce, and (STILL) WITHOUT taxpayer money.

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    Jillian Barclay 

    6 years ago from California, USA

    Dear American Romance,

    You really should check out Darrell Issa! He is my neighbor and very interesting!

    You did not read the article-- or at least the portion of the article that explains what has caused the problem:

    Congress has mandated that the post office fully fund all of their foreseeable pension and health benefit costs for the next 75 years. Congress also decided, in their infinite wisdom, to allow only 10 years for the Post Office to accomplish this feat.

    You are not bailing out the Post Office. Your tax dollars do not go to the postal service.

    I am sorry that you will not have a pension, but that is not the fault of unions. In this country most corporations gave pensions until the idea of the 401 K came into being, and America's labor force bought the idea that the 401K was a better idea.

    My son is a city worker. He makes about $65,000.00 per year and has had to go to school for his job, and maintain state credentials. He maintains pump stations, making sure that all of the raw sewage stays out of the ocean, lagoons, off the streets, etc. and sometimes he is up to his neck (literally!) in it. Most people leave after one day on the job.

    The city decided many years ago that they would contribute to a pension fund instead of paying any social security taxes, but that pension is not fully funded by the city. The workers themselves pay up to 10% of their salaries into their funds because the city has decided that now they don't even want to contribute the amount that they would have to pay for social security.

    If you want to look at pensions, don't go after the average, run of the mill worker...Look at the pensions of management. Management wants to cut the pensions of the average worker, most who make under $50,000.00 per year in wages, while their own pensions equal 2 or 3 hundred thousand per year. They don't go after their own pensions, ever!

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    American Romance 

    6 years ago from America

    I know nothing of Issa, but I do know that unionized pensions are mounting at the post office and cannot be sustained!........I also know FedEX and UPS don't have these problems! The only real way to save these unionized pensions is for the American taxpayer to once again bail them out! I for one am sick and tired of bailing everyone out! Who is going to give me a pension when I'm working till I"m 70 so someone else can have one and be able to retire at 55?? .........something wrong with this pic!

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    Fredeerick S. Bays 

    6 years ago

    Ups mkes so many more mistakes then the USPS/ million sent that it is not funny. If we let the GOP sell off this service it will be our falt not the GOP. By the way if the DEMS thought they could get away with it they would being doing the same. Both parties are for the rich parties. There is only one party that is for the people of this nation, The Green Party. If you want good government register and vote Green.

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    Gemini Fox 

    6 years ago

    Actually, I have heard of this. Think there's a bill out there trying to stop it but then what are the chances of that passing?! Go for it - looks like you really do your research and it will be a good hub! And you'll either feel better or be mad as hell after writing it - or both :)

  • Jillian Barclay profile imageAUTHOR

    Jillian Barclay 

    6 years ago from California, USA

    If you are really interested in this kind of stuff, start looking into the insider trading in Congress- it is perfectly legal, but shouldn't be. These Congressmen who sit on committees hear a lot of things about corporations, stock, etc. and before the rest of the country knows what is going on, they invest in these companies. Haven't had time to write anything about it yet, but it explains why so many of these people who enter Congress NOT millionaires, end up leaving that way...They have insider information!

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    Gemini Fox 

    6 years ago

    And these are the same people screaming about Obama stopping the 'job creating' Keystone XL (which will only create about 20,000 jobs - maybe) . . . the hypocrisy never ends. Good hub!

  • Jillian Barclay profile imageAUTHOR

    Jillian Barclay 

    6 years ago from California, USA

    It is about time people are upset enough to let their voices be heard. I was wondering when that would happen.

    Greed for money and greed for power so intense that one is willing to destroy other people should be criminal...

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    Lee Raynor 

    6 years ago from Citra Florida

    One has to wonder if anyone on the right has any morals or ethics. All of their issues seem to revolve around greed. Greed for money and greed for power.

    Perhaps OWS offers a little ray of hope

    Voted up as usual

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    Credence2 

    6 years ago from Florida (Space Coast)

    As always, Jillian, these guys are always cut from the same cloth. We are going to have to continue to call them out on their lies and spread of misinformation. Thanks Cred2

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    Howard Schneider 

    6 years ago from Parsippany, New Jersey

    Great Hub Jillian. issa has no scruples yet investigates everyone. Has he ever investigated himself? I doubt it. How does he get re-elected?

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    TeaPartyCrasher 

    6 years ago from Camp Hill, PA

    Way to 'Follow the money'!

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    amillar 

    6 years ago from Scotland, UK

    That's a familiar story Jillian. The post office workers in this country (UK) are on the hit list. There are some people in this World who'd sell their grannies for profit.

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    PETER LUMETTA 

    6 years ago from KENAI, ALAKSA

    Hi Jillian,

    I posted a comment about an hour ago and it never showed up. HP don't like me anymore since Adsense dropped me. good one, put this guy in the slammer.

    Peter

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    PETER LUMETTA 

    6 years ago from KENAI, ALAKSA

    Here is a prime example of your tax dollars at work, but not working for you but for Mr. Issa, the guy who is supposed to be working for you. There is no law that stops the people who make the laws from getting rich on those laws they pass. There aughta be a law! Today a Wall Street thief got convicted of insider trading and got the highest penalty ever given, 7 years, for stealing billions. This same thing needs to be applied to the thieves in Congress, they need to atart going to prison not getting a slap on the wrist and taken off a committee. Thanks for a really good article Jillian, good to see you, your friend,

    Peter

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