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  • VIDEO: How Rep. Darrell Issa Would Save the U.S. Postal Service

    The U.S. Postal Service faces a bleak future without reform. Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), a successful businessman before coming to Congress, has just the plan to save it from financial collapse.

    Issa, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, spoke at Heritage yesterday about the Postal Service’s problems and the changes he would make to keep it operating for future generations. He sat down for a short interview after his speech.

    Issa’s plan is the most comprehensive proposal put forward—and also more politically palatable than the plan offered by the White House. It recognizes the important services provided by the Postal Services and stresses efficiency to make the government-owned enterprise run like a private business. USPS lost $8.5 billion last year.

    Heritage senior research fellow James Gattuso noted last week that “USPS is failing and needs to change. As currently structured, it cannot survive unless supported by tens of billions of dollars in subsidy.”

    Issa acknowledged that change wouldn’t come easily. But with mail volume down 20 percent over the past five years, the moment is ripe to make reforms.

    The interview runs about 5 minutes. Hosted by Rob Bluey and produced by Brandon Stewart, with help from Hannah Sternberg. For more videos from Heritage, subscribe to our YouTube channel.

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    25 Responses to VIDEO: How Rep. Darrell Issa Would Save the U.S. Postal Service

    1. Rube says:

      what a joke, you want to cut over 200,00 jobs and your the very reason the post office is in "debt" You make them pay 75 years worth of future benefits in 10 years, the only federal agency you make do that, people must know the truth and that is you take over 5 BILLION every year from them. Thats a lot of children and familys, never forget and the bad part is the post office has overpaid billions, sad very sad

      • Faithful Servant says:

        I concur with Rube, You have one of the wealthiest congressman in the country saying. Hey faithful employee of 20 or more years go find another job. One that pays 25% of what you make now! Right has he looked at the unemployment rate. I would give anything for Issa to come for a leisurely on the job stroll. Hmmmm undercover congressman.

    2. Bobbie says:

      sounds practical, reasonable and rational and hopefully what Rube mentioned will be corrected. It's important to keep the post office going since the government is putting everything on the electric grid.

      If I could just mention, the sixth day (Saturday) in our state closes at noon. The time most people working m-f sleep until. It would be more feasible to have Saturdays open the full business hours and eliminate Sunday and Monday?

    3. Bob says:

      I understand that front door delivery is being stopped. That doesn't go far enough. Cluster boxes should be the norm. Not only would that cut costs going forward but it would generate jobs now, both manufacturing and installing them. A win-win!

    4. pak says:

      What congress is asking the post office to do is like asking a homeowner to pay their 30 year mortgage in 4 years or their 6 year car loan in one. Could anyone do that and still be able to pay their electric bills and buy gas for their cars without going into debt? Also the post office currently has about 50,000 employees not covered by the no lay off clause and yet the PO is making no effort to lay the off. The post office has been aggressive over the last 12 years in reducing their employee compliment. They currently employ over 220,00 less employees today than they did in 2000. They have achieved this through increased mechanization, increased productivity and with cooperation from the unions to match the staffing levels to current volumes. If you check the overtime rates you will see that the post office is not overstaffed to accommodate todays mail volume. There are a number of areas in the country where carriers are working routinely until 8:00 p.m.. The carriers in my area work an average of 45 – 50 hours. Mondays are routinely the highest day for OT because of the Sunday closings.. Many may say the PO is becoming irrelevant and yet last year they delivered 170 billion pieces. This represented 65 billion in revenue and was part of a 1.3 trillion dollar mailing industry. Mr Issa should be looking at Mr Lynch,s bill 1351 for a better blueprint to assist the PO

      • guest says:

        If the "homeowner" is stupid enough to sign their name on such a ridiculous mortgage or car loan arrangement…they deserve it. Besides…why whine about the situation 5 yrs later…after the fact? The PO/Union allowed the train wreck…now the workers must pay-in addition to all the COPA dollars already spent (predominantly to what politcal party?).

    5. Leper says:

      Maybe we should right-size Congress by eliminating non-productive representatives like Darrell Issa who are doing nothing to solve the problems with our postal service or the rest of the nation for that matter! Obstructionism, revisionism, privatism – all for the sake of protecting big business and the wealthy few. So Issa is saying lets throw 200,000 postal workers out on the street only because they are "old"? I say throw any representative who refuses to negotiate because they signed a pledge (like a pledge not to raise taxes) out of office for dereliction of duty; a duty to country, not the power brokers. A multi-millionaire like Issa will never change his stripes.

      • Bobbie says:

        lets keep in mind the failed "oversight" for years, driving the postal service down financially before Darrell Issa and within democrats control! Obama is and has been the one protecting his select "big business and the wealthy few" to entice an uprise. Set em up to bring em down. So you want big businesses to collapse on all those employees? You think you're getting a check from the wealthy? It's a game so Obama has more money to build bigger government. You don't make much sense. government costs everybody money, more corrupt and cover up their accountabilities with more tax dollars, then any business dealings without government overreach.

      • John J. McGuire says:

        Guest Darrell Issa's true colors came to the forefront today, when he initiated and finalized the contempt vote for Eric Holder. His intention is to destroy and disolve anyone and anything, that doesn't fit-in with his republicn agenda. The ironic thing is, the House of Rep. is naming rural post offices after distinguished Americans, while a bill is pending there to save the Postal Service from bankrupacy. I don't think that the House cares, one way or the other, what happens to the Postal Service, except when it comes to reelection and they have to solicit votes. Think about that Darrell? John

    6. Tony says:

      Anyone not blinded by political orientation can see the Issa is not being truthful about the Postal Service. When the money was rolling in the Congress wanted it and got it by instituting these prefunding laws. Now that the cash cow is no more it is these laws that are the reason for the Postal Service's financial problems. It is not the fact of lower mail volume. Without the prefunding requirement the Postal Service would be doing fine. Issa and his cohorts are simply using this as an excuse to remove more unions and to make the average worker's life harder.

    7. TimAz says:

      The union bosses promised these rubes that their retirement days would be filled with rainbows and unicorns at the cost of 70 years of future benefits to cover 10 years of current employment and retirement benefits. Still some cry because they think the US Postal Service should be able to run up debt just as much as any other govt. agency on the hopes that the collapse of the American economy won't occur before their own death. These same individuals would damn their own children and grandchildren to a third world country existence for a few more days of the high life they think they are entitled to. You would devour your own offspring as your union bosses continue to devour you. Have you people no shame?

    8. John W. Harvey says:

      The Post Office should be able to close the small post offices and some of the employees could become rural mail carriers. If someone wants the newspaper ads, they can buy the paper. In a great many homes the snail mail junk (span) goes from the mail (inbox) to the garbage (delete). Also if a congressman wants to keep the members of his district informed. he can buy a 44 cent stamp like I do.

    9. jon says:

      It amazes me that people's of self minds, don't get rid of unions, and do what athletes do get an agent, he/she would charge a percentage of your check, it would be like banking with his own agent, handling his finances, representing people working for the same company, or corporation, with computers you don't need a union, you need to call the shots through your own banker/accountant/insurance/etc.
      Each company has a choice of ins., each employee has personal interests and life style, your agent would do the negotiations, between management, and employee's.
      New times, new way's, of doing good, plus starting a new business, making being an agent for a group of self minded people, plus personal contact, rather than, dues, meetings, other drawbacks I do't know, but I do know is this with computers, you don't need unions!

    10. Marion says:

      The Federal Government should refrain from running the Post Office. Let the Post Office use all of the funds it generates and allow it to operate as a private business!

    11. jon says:

      It amazes me that people's of self minds, don't get rid of unions, and do what athletes do get an agent, he/she would charge a percentage of your check, it would be like banking with his own agent, handling his finances, representing people working for the same company, or corporation, with computers you don't need a union, you need to call the shots through your own banker/accountant/insurance/etc.

    12. americancaptialism says:

      Many of us were there when 1st class stamps went from 6 cents/oz to 8 cents/ oz, a 33% INCREASE . It was 1971, the first time ever a UNION CONTRACT was negotiated by Federal employees. Now more than 60% of government employees are union members. Who are the union negotiators against? TAXPAYERS. Who are they negotiating with? BUREAUCRATS.
      There is something seriously wrong with this picture!
      BUREAUCRATS have "no skin in the game"; in fact, their power comes from big budgets and lots of employees. BUREAUCRATS' INTERESTS ARE IN TOTAL CONFLICT WITH THEIR EMPLOYERS…TAXPAYERS!

      • @Americancaptialism The Postal Service doesn't take taxpayer money! Issa is trying to destroy OUR postal service. You need to study more on this issue because you have no idea how the USPS works. Besides, check your spelling of your handle… it's CAPITALISM

      • PostalOne says:

        Woo hoo, from 6 cents to 8 cents. That must have been a financial disaster for you.

    13. allen says:

      Some-One has to be the" Hatch Man" the Demos just find a way to put into their own pocket Just look at all the Greenie Jobs that are Fraud going into their pockets, bank-accounts. nothing is forever except Death, Bye

    14. americancaptialism says:

      Many of us were there when 1st class stamps went from 6 cents/oz to 8 cents/ oz, a 33% INCREASE . It was 1971, the first time ever a UNION CONTRACT was negotiated by Federal employees, the USPS. Now more than 60% of government employees are union members. Who are the union negotiators against? TAXPAYERS. Who are they negotiating with? BUREAUCRATS.
      There is something seriously wrong with this picture!
      BUREAUCRATS have "no skin in the game"; in fact, their power comes from big budgets and lots of employees. BUREAUCRATS' INTERESTS ARE IN TOTAL CONFLICT WITH THEIR EMPLOYERS…TAXPAYERS!

    15. steve says:

      the question he should have asked: congressman Issa how much do you have invested in Fed-Ex and how much has Fed-Ex CEO Fred Smith paid you?

    16. Benjamin F says:

      Most of my family has or does work for the USPS and I can tell you story after story of wasteful spending, from putting up walls and railing one year at a large cost and then tearing them down two years later, to recarpeting offices that don't need to be recarpeted etc. Then there are the lazy employees that go in to work and avoid any actual work, or those that find a nice cozy room to sleep in and sleep 60 % of their shift away. And here is the best part, they can't be fired because they are union.
      I say cut out Saturday delivery, get rid of half the management and give early retirements out. Then send in a review board and an auditor to see what other waist they can get rid of.
      Thank You Darrell Issa for this and for going after the Solyndra scam. Keep up the good work.

    17. mike says:

      the postal service would have made a profit since 2004 when the government required them to start prefunding health and retirement benefits ahead of time. they are the only government agency required to do this. without doing this and paying as the other government agencys do the postal service would have actually made a profit. any of the years the postal service make a profit before that was taken away by the government because they were not allowed to make a profit, keeping them from being able to make changes without having to raise rates. the prefunding has cost the postal service 20 billion dollars more than what it should have. Darrell Issa and congress should have their jobs sent out of the country, because the two parties are responsible for the debt of this country, not the workers. How can somebody complain about paying 44 cents to send a letter or a card, you can go to hawaii or alaska, all the ways to maine or guam for that price. If they destroy the postal service you'll pay 6 arms and legs to do that with anybody else. Don't believe me, go to ups of fed ex and see what you would pay. If you move they forward our first class mail free for one year, go on vacation they'll hold your mail for up to a month, nobody else would do that for you, especially without charging us for that service.

    18. Trim The Fat says:

      The Unions have been at the party for too long. The hangover has begun. The greed of the past will come to roost on the workers of today. Enjoy it unions, ask your fellow retirees for a little help and see what they say. I've seen the postal worker from a contract worker perspective and there is A LOT of fat that can be trimmed at the USPS. Once you overpay someone they lose a sense of value and there only reference point is $$$ instead of results. Do your job, quit looking for a handout and welcome to reality you bunch of mooches!

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