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"Hehehehe.  Good.  Washington Post has endorsed my Postal Reform Bill.  Victory is ours!"
It appears the Washington Post has hit a new low by endorsing Congressman Darrell Issa's Postal Service Reform bill and not offering a complete, objective analysis of the whole postal service situation:

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) last month passed a postal reform bill out of his panel that, while controversial, moves closer to Democratic positions than his previous proposals did. Meanwhile, Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Thomas R. Carper (D-Del.) last week struck a deal with Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), his GOP counterpart, on a bill in their chamber. Neither the House nor the Senate bill is perfect, but the willingness of the key parties to recognize the problem and adjust their proposals toward each other is a refreshingly positive omen.
First off, to the editors of the Washington Post, the U.S. Postal Service's financial problems were caused by the Postmaster General, Issa and others in the first place, not by other factors at hand like say...  Competition.

And you can't get anymore clueless like the Postmaster General in comparing the USPS to Greece:

The U.S. Postal Service “will look like Greece” if Congress fails to help it cut costs, U.S. Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe said.

Donahoe, speaking today at the PostalVision 2020 conference in Washington, said the service’s annual expenses will rise to $81 billion by 2016 without congressional action to allow cuts, including reducing a requirement to pay in advance for health benefits for future retirees.

“If we don’t do something about the costs of this organization, we will look like Greece,” he said.

Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe is really clueless.  He looked at the situation in the U.S. Postal Service to Greece if nothing is done.

Just one problem Mr. Donahoe:  The problem with Greece is debt, MOUNTING debt.  And the debt is being slapped on the country's government more and more while austerity measures worsening the recession in the country and making its citizens riot continuously.

It always seems like people like Donahoe always use Greece as a fighting word or butt of all criticism to anything potential that can ail the U.S. or worsen it.  People like Mitt Romney of course:

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney took a potshot at California's bedraggled economy, comparing it to the crisis in Greece, as he warned voters on Wednesday that Barack Obama is leading the nation down a similar path of huge debt.

"Entrepreneurs and business people around the world and here at home think that at some point America is going to become like Greece or like Spain or Italy, or like California - just kidding about that one, in some ways," he added, to laughter from his audience in Iowa.

Of course, we knew very well that Romney was full of crap because particular regions in California are in rebound mode and particularly in San Francisco, which has more rapid economic growth than most regions in the U.S.

More on Washington Post's air headed analysis of Issa's Postal Service bill:

The two plans have important similarities. Both, for example, foresee the Postal Service reducing time-consuming “to the door” mail service, replacing it with delivery to curbside boxes or community “clusterboxes.” Mr. Issa’s bill is the better of the two, because it allows the Postal Service to more rapidly adapt to reality. The Carper-Coburn bill would prohibit the closure of sorting plants for two years. Mr. Issa’s wouldn’t. Mr. Issa would allow the Postal Service to adopt a five-day delivery schedule for mail — though not for medication or packages — immediately. Mr. Carper and Mr. Coburn’s plan would delay that obvious reform by at least a year.
However, even the Carper-Coburn bill is getting serious criticism from the American Postal Workers Union (APWU) per the APWU News web article:

The four postal unions sent a joint letter to Senate Majority Harry Reid on Aug. 5 [PDF] expressing “utter dismay” at the introduction of S. 1486, the postal bill co-sponsored by Sen. Tom Carper (D-DE) and Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK), the chair and ranking member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.

The bill continues the disastrous policy of mandating massive pre-funding of retiree health benefits and provides for major downsizing measures to pay for it, the letter notes.

To afford pre-funding costs, “The Carper-Coburn bill would give the USPS tools to slash postal employees’ pension and health benefits by making these federal employee benefits subject to interest arbitration,” the presidents of the APWU, the National Association of Letter Carriers, the National Postal Mail Handlers Union and the National Rural Letter Carriers Association said.

“Our unions were not consulted about these proposed major changes to our rights as federal employees or to our collective bargaining process,” the letter points out.

S. 1486 would facilitate the dismantling of the Postal Service’s mail processing, retail and delivery networks, and would seriously harm the 7.5 million Americans who work in private companies that rely on the USPS, the union presidents wrote.

The bill would:

Destroy 80,000 full- and part-time jobs after a one-year delay, by eliminating Saturday mail delivery and give the Postmaster General authority to eliminate additional delivery days in the future;

Slash tens of thousands of additional jobs after a two-year delay, by allowing USPS to reduce delivery standards and close hundreds of mail processing facilities and thousands of post offices;

Mandate the elimination of door-to-door delivery, threatening at least 16,500 additional jobs, and

Impose “cruel and discriminatory” changes to the Workers Compensation program that would leave injured federal workers vulnerable to impoverishment when they reach Social Security retirement age.
“This massive downsizing and the bill’s assault on postal employee benefits are not necessary,” the letter says. “They are being driven by the irrational retiree health financing policy that no other business or agency would adopt. The Postal Service has already pre-funded decades of retiree health premiums, more than any other enterprise in America. Indeed, USPS has already set aside an estimated $49 billion for such premiums, approximately 50 percent of total expected costs over the next 90+ years.”

The letter urges Sen. Reid to “actively work to promote postal reform that will create jobs and innovation, not more job cuts and reduced service for the American people.

“The 30 members of the Senate who have co-sponsored S. 316, the Postal Service Protection Act of 2013, have taken the right approach. That bill would strengthen the Postal Service, promote innovation and, most importantly, resolve the retiree health and pension policies that have crippled the Postal Service in recent years,” it says.

The APWU has called on locals and state organizations to meet with lawmakers during Congress’ August recess to discuss postal reform. Together with members of the Mail Handlers Union, APWU members will ask legislators to oppose the Carper-Coburn bill as well as the House bill sponsored by Rep. Darrell Issa (H.R. 2748). Union members will ask members of Congress to support the Postal Service Protection Act (S. 316 in the Senate / H.R. 630 in the House). Members of the NALC and NRLCA will also talk to lawmakers during the recess.

Here's the PDF of the full letter the APWU sent to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid:

So exactly, whose side is Congress on with regards to U.S. Postal Service reform?

Here's the necessary contact information you have to straighten out the following people in Congress:

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid


Bruce R. Thompson
Courthouse & Federal Bldg
400 S. Virginia St, Suite 902
Reno, NV 89501
Phone: 775-686-5750
Fax: 775-686-5757

Washington DC
522 Hart Senate Office Bldg
Washington, DC 20510
Phone: 202-224-3542
Fax: 202-224-7327
Toll Free for Nevadans:
1-866-SEN-REID (736-7343)

Carson City
600 East William St, #304
Carson City, NV 89701
Phone: 775-882-REID (7343)
Fax: 775-883-1980

Las Vegas
Lloyd D. George Building
333 Las Vegas Boulevard
South, Suite 8016
Las Vegas, NV 89101
Phone: 702-388-5020
Fax: 702-388-5030

Senator Tom Carper

Washington, D.C. Office
513 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
Phone: (202) 224-2441
Fax: (202) 228-2190

Wilmington Office
301 North Walnut Street, Suite 102L-1
Wilmington, DE 19801-3974
Phone: (302) 573-6291
Fax: (302) 573-6434

Dover Office
500 West Loockerman Street, Suite 470
Dover, DE 19904
Phone: (302) 674-3308
Fax: (302) 674-5464

Georgetown Office
12 The Circle Georgetown
Georgetown, DE 19947
Phone: (302) 856-7690
Fax: (302) 856-3001

Senator Tom Coburn

Washington D.C.:
172 Russell Senate Office Bldg.
Washington, DC 20510
Main: 202-224-5754
Fax: 202-224-6008

1800 South Baltimore
Suite 800
Tulsa, OK 74119
Main: 918-581-7651
Fax: 918-581-7195

Oklahoma City:
100 North Broadway
Suite 1820
Oklahoma City, OK 73102
Main: 405-231-4941
Fax: 405-231-5051


Washington Post Contact Information

Main Phone Line:  202.334.6000 or 800.627.1150
Address:  The Washington Post, 1150 15th Street NW, Washington DC 20017
National WP Department:  202.334.7410 or

As for Darrell Issa, he won't listen.  No point in providing his office contact information or e-mail.

If you can't stand to hear more of Darrell Issa's antics, keep the San Diego County Democratic Party busy since they're the most local and active Democratic Party nearby Darrell Issa's area of residence (not to mention his local office).

Make sure you mark down this information and pass it on to others for firing up the base in California's 49th Congressional District if you want to target Issa for re-election and get voter registration drives going.  If you can find someone in the CA-49 who can run against Issa in 2014, the more the merrier:

San Diego County Democratic Party Website:
Address:  8340 Clairemont Mesa Boulevard, Suite 10 San Diego, CA 92111
Phone:  (858) 277-3367
Fax:    (858) 571-0275
Contact Form:

Oh and don't forget, the DCCC could use some action as well:  (202) 863-1500

Originally posted to pipsorcle on Mon Aug 12, 2013 at 03:07 PM PDT.

Also republished by California politics.


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Comment Preferences

  •  Editors May Be Thinking of New Boss nt (3+ / 0-)
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    Stude Dude, OnlyWords, irate

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Mon Aug 12, 2013 at 03:18:02 PM PDT

    •  Honestly I'd imagine Amazon to be pro postal (6+ / 0-)

      Irony here.  I ordered a replacement mailbox from Amazon because my old one is looking quite battered.  It was delivered via USPS on Saturday.

      Many small vendors especially those located in rural areas use USPS to get their goods to their customers because UPS and Fed Ex don't serve all rural locations, they have the USPS finish off the job.

      I don't know how Jeff Bezos feels about the USPS but I'd imagine he doesn't want to write off customers in rural areas not served by Fed Ex or UPS.

  •  Those poor Democrats that only control the (3+ / 0-)
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    corvo, Stude Dude, unfangus

    Senate and White House.

    Why, what does one expect them to do?  They're powerless!  Everyone knows the GOP calls the shots.

    Hell, even when the GOP doesn't control a single branch they call the shots.

    And now that they control the House?  Totally in control.

    Those nasty Republicans, damn them!

    Now let's get out there and cheer for that poor, powerless, excuse ridden Team Blue!


    Time To Wake Up?

    The excuses for Obama's behavior have long since passed the point of predictability neccessary to qualify as an absurd production of Kabuki Theater.

    by Johnathan Ivan on Mon Aug 12, 2013 at 03:20:00 PM PDT

  •  Not a shock, TWP hates unions loves privatization (1+ / 0-)
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    Fred Hiatt's editorial section has a long record of hating unions and loving privatization.  Heck they've been calling for the fake postal reform for years and years.

  •  It's not fair! (2+ / 0-)
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    IreGyre, unfangus

    Why don't they call it the FedEx and UPS subsidy act? It's not fair that big oil gets all the federal handouts. Time to remove some of the competition so give these corporations some subsidy too.

    Get the government out of government and the role the Constitution defined? Give me a break.  

    I'm from the Elizabeth Warren wing of the Democratic Party

    by voicemail on Mon Aug 12, 2013 at 06:56:31 PM PDT

  •  at this rate, RWNJs will find out that (0+ / 0-)

    this must be connected to the Amazon purchase of WaPo CT

    Warning - some snark may be above‽ (-9.50; -7.03)‽ eState4Column5©2013 "I’m not the strapping young Muslim socialist that I used to be" - Barack Obama 04/27/2013

    by annieli on Mon Aug 12, 2013 at 08:07:08 PM PDT

  •  THIS is progress? THIS is moving our country (1+ / 0-)
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    So we have less, and more inconvenient mail delivery.  Incredible.  Why not just have a big metal hook, instead of the proposed  clusterfuxes, er I mean boxes, and a guy on a horse can leave the mailbag on the hook.

    I wonder if anybody ever thought to look into that type of mail delivery?  It might save alot of money and still get the job done.  We need to move this country forward with new and fresh innovative ideas.

    This guy on a horse thing, leaving the mail in a pouch on a hook....that just might work!  Why didn't anybody think of that before?

    Ayn sucks. Please know I am not rude. I cannot rec anything from this browser. When I rec or post diaries I am a guest at some exotic locale's computer.

    by Floyd Blue on Tue Aug 13, 2013 at 05:06:37 AM PDT

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