Issa to Super Committee: Stay out of postal reform (but eliminate federal pensions) - postalnews blog

Issa to Super Committee: Stay out of postal reform (but eliminate federal pensions)

Millionaire Darrell Issa, who is eligible for a lucrative federal pension when he leaves office, told the Deficit Super Committee yesterday that it should completely eliminate federal pensions for new hires, while drastically increasing the employee contributions for existing FERS and CSRS employees. Issa would base pensions for retiring CSRS and FERS employees on the high five years earnings rather than the current three, and eliminate the social security supplement for most FERS retirees.

Darrell also told the committee that it should not involve itself in postal reform, claiming that he was trying to build a “consensus” reform measure. (The claim is somewhat ironic, given that a majority in the House seemed to have arrived at just such a consensus in the Lynch bill that Darrell refuses to allow a vote on.)

Darrell’s letter claims that the suggestion by Oversight Democrats that the USPS be placed “on budget” “makes it possible to falsely claim that postal reform proposals saves [sic] taxpayers billions of dollars by counting reductions in postal service expenses… as savings to the taxpayer.”

Darrell neglects to mention that having the USPS off budget while its pension funds are on budget allows him to falsely claim that giving the USPS access to the over $50 billion in postal profits now sitting in the Treasury is a “taxpayer bailout”.

Interestingly, while Darrell claims to be building a consensus, none of the other members of the committee, Republican or Democrat, signed his letter.

2011-10-14 DEI to Hensarling – Super Committee

  • Whats wong!

    This is what happens when you vote republican! But some of you jackasses will turn around and vote republican all over again. What more proof do you need that the Issa’s of the world are destroying the country. VOTE THEM OUT!

  • BRUCE

    ISSA NEEDS TO HAVE HIS PENSION CUT IN HALF HE WILL GET THIS ONLY AFTER HE REACHES 66 SEE HOW HE LIKES LIVING DAY TO DAY.

  • looking to the future

    One voice holding the majority at bay shall rise up a new nation. Indifference shall be its ally. Silence its sword. Democracy no more.

  • raceray

    WHY should a crooked millionaire politician get a pension at all?!???!?!

  • postal clown

    What does it take for the middle class to realize that you are voting against your own interests when you vote republican. Especially my fellow co-workers at the USPS.THEY SCARE YOU WITH SIDE ISSUES LIKE ABORTION OR GUNS. WHEN YOU DONT HAVE A JOB BECAUSE ISSA AND CO. HAVE CHOPPED THE POST OFFICE TO PIECES, THINK HOW WISE IT WAS FOR VOTING FOR REPUBLICANS AND HELPING THEM ACHIEVE THEIR GOAL OF KEEPING THE MIDDLE CLASS DOWN. YOUR STANCE ON THOSE SIDE ISSUES WILL NOT PROVIDE SUPPORT FOR YOU AND YOUR FAMILY. VOTE DEMOCRAT.

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  • RKC

    The financial collapse of 2007-08 was caused by people in financial organizations who gambled with other people’s money. Consumerism came to a grinding halt while people saw their jobs disappear, wages and benefits reduced and health care costs go through the roof. Food and energy costs have increased. Collaborative to that effort were the rating companies and politicians. Taxpayer money was used to ‘bail these crooks out’ – fast forward to the present. We are now told that the financial hard times faced by the nation are due to “entitlements”, unions and government regulations.

    The Financial sector and many politicans have managed to morph the ‘blame’ for our current national crisis into something that should be blamed on everyday, middle-class American’s. How can any of us buy into this strange twist of the truth? This is the greatest lie perpetrated on a people since Adolph Hitler’s lie’s to the German people.

    Don’t accept this premise; federal employees are not to blame for what the wall street gamblers did. Federal employees are not to blame for the actions of politicians who allowed wall street to create the financial crisis.

    We are all to blame for allowing this charade to continue.

  • Chris

    What this schmuck would probably like to do is shoot postal employees in the head as they punch out for the last time. No pensions would be needed.

  • commonlaw

    Check Issa out,,,,,read it all

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Darrell_Issa

  • Larry

    Issa is the scum of the earth Just keep voting for these lowlifes and this is what you get

  • bob komar

    issa is INSANE.. where does this never ending HARD-ON for the po, it’s DEDICATED WORKERS END! Wake -up you so-called (PEOPLES REPRESENTATIVES) ELECTED OFFICIALS..ESP> YOU DEMOCRATS! THIS MAN IS A TRAITER to THE USA! did he make a pass at a POSTAL MAN or maybe, just maybe a woman and got SHOT DOWN!

  • Yuri

    We can rant all we want about this obviously deranged and obsessed man and his sickening actions in defying facts and laughing at democracy and being fanatically malicious about throwing the US Postal Service and its employees under the bus……….but nothing will happen until there is LEGAL ACTION in some form that STOPS this dysfunctional misfit from wrecking the America we know and love, and our lives….. All that is necessary for the triumph of EVIL is…for good men and women to say and, more importantly, DO nothing! Any suggestions? I’m open to a massive class action lawsuit and willing to contribute $1000 to that end. With millions of people, surely we can do and find SOMETHING that will effectively STOP his relentless attacks!

  • Towson

    Solutions to all these problems

    1. make all lobbyist illegal including PACS
    2. make it illegal for any politician to accept any money
    3. 2 term limits for senators and congressmen
    4. make gerrymandering illegal. Redo the districts
    5. 10 year term limits for the Supreme Court
    6. Reinstate the Glass Stegall act.
    7. Eliminate the super majority rule in the senate
    8. Politicians must be physically present to filibuster
    9. Enforse antitrust laws
    10. Prohibit all politicians from working in industries they regulated after leaving congress.
    11 Public financing for all poilticians. Each tax payer pays 5 dollars at tax time.
    12. Finally make recalls easier or go to a paliamentary form of government.

    Having said all of this… it won’t happen. That’s why we are all “going down ” in the USA.

  • Nutzy

    Why dose he spell his name Backwards?

    • brian

      Llerrad?

  • Johnny

    “This is not a task the Joint Commitee has the expertise or the means to accomplish”…..lol….

    Hi everybody! I am the tea party, if we turn every job in America into Wal-Mart think how wonderful everything will be!

    You can have babies and eat at the McDonalds cafeteria wearing your sidearm while you choke down a .99 burger!

    God Bless America!

  • Brett

    Congressman Issa has not completely figured everything out yet, or so it seems. Personally I am a Letter Carrier with 26 years of service and I am 50 years old. On Issa’s bill if I am one of the 120,000 people targeted to get pushed out of the USPS, I would have to be penalized approximately 30% of my so called pension. I also would not be able to touch my TSP Accounts for many years to come. But, maybe if Congressman Issa would eliminate the loss of income due to my age on both the TSP and retirement accounts, then maybe I would not fight so hard. If he does not do this then I as well as many of my brothers and sisters would have to go on some assistance for help.
    By the way Congressman Issa, I have one question for you? Why does Congress now decide to fixate themselves on the USPS instead of (1) Job Creations, (2) Helping people whom are loosing or lost their houses and savings accounts, (3) Stop the world or terror,(4) Better Healthcare, etc.. It seems that Congress has taken a side track to the real problems or maybe a break of the real problems facing the American Public on a daily basis! Why is Congressman Issa refusing to allow HR 1351 to be heard in front of Congress? Why is Congressman Issa allowed to have a pension from Congress even though he is a multi – millionaire? Even though he worked at his profession for a long time, should he not forgo what he is preaching to the American Public about the pensions in the USPS.

  • IMPEACHISSA

    Darrell “The Convict” Issa and his conniving sidekick “Sissy” Ross should both be impeached!They are both unAmerican and both traitors!!!!!They can both shove H.R. 2309 up their a**es!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!While we’re at it,s***can that spineless joke of a PMG Donoho The Dope!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • ISSA’S WRONG

    Issa states on page 1 paragraph 3 that by 2013 all CSRS employees will have 30 years and be eligible for full retirement benefits. WRONG! I will have 30 years in SEPT of 2013 but I will be only 48yrs old. I will not be eligible for full retirement until I am 55yrs old or I take a 14 percent penalty if I leave in 2013. I don’t call that full retirement. Just goes to show you he does not know what he is talking about!

  • pelican

    issa is sad and pathetic human and will find that out when he moves on in the after life

  • randall

    I am a FERS employee …….my “overgenerous” retirement plan……after 26 years of service……I would get 26% of my wages as retirement. Yeah I am going to be richer than Issa with 25% of my salary to live on. Issa….the 300 MILLION dollar man will get a full pension…..regardless of how many years he “served”. Odd how a guy who has 300 MILLION dollars …thinks EVERYONE else should make minimum wage. Issa is evil. Robin Hood was RIGHT!!

  • crazy

    Read the first line of this article again and you will clearly see what a total arrogant person this so called representative is.

  • SAS

    I agree with Yuri! Legal action should be pursued!

  • Timbo

    If anyone can get close enough to Issa, give him a good hard kick in the nut sack for me. I would come do it myself but I’m working 50 plus hours a week and still can’t afford the gas money to drive to him and come back.

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  • yohan

    Surley those you propose to layoff wont vote for you-and this isnt really a job that cant be sent overseas-and we are the most efficient and affordable postal service in the world-and your scale of cutbacks would hurt-not help this country-and you should not have the power to decide witch bills you like and not allow others-and cutting our network only hurts future growth/service/revinue-and most americans want their postal service and dont want a cut in service or quality of there current level-and(ps)Mr. Lynch is right and his bill is better than yours and most people would vote for it and not yours!

  • SCENIC ROUTE

    So far I have attended 2 rallies at Issa’s office in Vista, CA. The second one was jointly sponsored by several postal unions. The turn out was embarrassingly small, especially considering how many postal people live and work in Issa’s district. This guy doesn’t give a damn about his constituents and he has enough personal wealth to get himself re:elected yet again.

  • SCENIC ROUTE

    So far I have attended 2 protest rallies at Issa’s office in Vista, CA. The second one was jointly sponsored by several postal unions. The turn out was embarrassingly small, especially considering how many postal people live and work in Issa’s district. This guy doesn’t give a damn about his constituents and he has enough personal wealth to get himself re:elected yet again.