The right-wing anti-labor lobbying group “Citizens Against Government Waste” didn’t waste any time publicizing today’s OIG report on lax controls over USPS official travel expenses. The CAGW press release, like the earlier comments by Susan Collins, implies that postal employees “expensed” adult entertainment parties, personal computers, and their mortgage payments. The OIG report doesn’t say that, but apparently the story is going to stick unless the USPS can mount an effective PR response. (You would have thought that having known about the contents of this report for quite some time now, the agency would have pre-empted the bad publicity by getting its story out first.)
The CAGW statement goes on to repeat its usual litany of comments about “lavish” union salaries and benefits, distorts the trust fund issue, and says that postal employees are “still partying like itâ€™s 1999”. Whatever that’s supposed to mean.
But the funniest comment is this:
“Any proposal to tinker with the funding mechanism for retiree pension and health insurance liabilities, which are around $90 billion, is another example of USPS kicking the proverbial fiscal can down the road,” said CAGW President Tom Schatz. “The agency is locked into a smothering cost structure”
Schatz conveniently fails to note that the USPS has actually overfunded its pension liabilities, and that the most “smothering cost structure” the service suffers from is the requirement to continue that overfunding.
Schatz concludes by telling us that the USPS should be, you guessed it, privatized. You know, like Sweden.
WASHINGTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) today expressed outrage on behalf of taxpayers at new reports of United States Postal Service (USPS) employees using business credit cards for personal travel, to expense adult entertainment parties, purchase personal computers, and pay their mortgages. The Washington Postâ€™s Ed Oâ€™Keefe details the contents of the USPS Office of Inspector Generalâ€™s report, â€