How big has the postal “crisis” story gotten? Big enough to be covered by Red State, the fringe right wing blog. The site is best known for backing causes and candidates just slightly to the left of Adolf Hitler, but its editors apparently got wind of Darrell Issa’s crusade to pretty much eliminate the USPS, and just had to lend a hand. Their coverage begins with a copy and paste from Bill O’Reilly’s column from a couple of days ago:
the Postal Service will violate the law by not making its $5.5 billion debt payment to taxpayers for the unfunded liability of providing federal healthcare benefits to its workers
Yes, when the government tells you to cough up $5.5 billion each October to make its own budget deficit look smaller, that’s a “debt payment”! Well, I suppose it just depends on your perspective, right?
But Red State has found its postal Messiah, and His name is Issa!
Thankfully, Issa has said enough. He told his colleagues there would be no more bailouts
That statement of course, is factually correct: you can’t have “more” bailouts if you’ve never had ANY bailouts in the past, and aren’t looking for one now! But I suspect that’s not what Red State (or Issa) means. And let’s hope Red State doesn’t find out about how Darrell was in bed with the postal unions all those years, helping to pass all those so called bailouts until he realized the Koch brothers had a few billion dollars more in ready cash than the postal workers’ PACs did!
Red State also comes up with some really creative fiction describing how the USPS really, really did sort of get some money one time that must have been a bailout because, umm…, well, because:
“In 2003, Congress and USPS came up with a nifty way of disguising these bailouts. They decided that USPS had “overpaid” into the Civil Service Retirement System”
Which sorta sounds plausible if you discount the undeniable historical fact that it was the Bush Administration, not the USPS or Congress, that discovered the overpayments.
There’s more, but you probably already know the gist of it- the US Postal Service, which has been around longer than the Constitution, and is perennially named one of the most trusted organizations in the country, is inherently evil because it’s a branch of the government, and worse, pays its employees a living wage and decent benefits.
If you’d like some further insights into what the lunatic fringe is thinking, check out the next story on Red State- it’s about Michelle Bachmann and “Junk Science”! I didn’t think wingnuts liked science of any kind, but apparently they do! According to Red State:
Congresswoman Michele Bachmann actually walks around believing that vaccinating your children against diseases can make them retarded.
It’s not entirely clear whether Red State thinks this is a good thing or a bad thing…