Spending Taxpayers’ Money to Bash the USPS?

September 2, 2011

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Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), who likes to portray himself as a fierce opponent of wasting taxpayers’ money,  has created a slick, high-tech Web site that bashes the Postal Service, using — you guessed it — taxpayers’ money.

The Web site, a production of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, is intended to generate support for legislation sponsored by Rep. Issa that would destroy the Postal Service as we know it.

H.R. 2309 would close thousands of post offices, shutter hundreds of mail processing facilities, end Saturday mail delivery, and eliminate workers’ collective bargaining rights. In true Washington double-speak, the Web site dedicated to dismantling the nation’s mail system is called “Saving the Postal Service.”

In testimony before the committee on April 5, 2011, APWU President Cliff Guffey pointed out: “This hearing is costing more in tax dollars than the Postal service gets in tax dollars.”

Guffey was intent on demolishing the myth — frequently promoted by Rep. Issa — that the USPS relies on taxpayer support and will soon be in need of a bailout.

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