Darrell Issa finally got around to introducing yet another attempt at postal “reform” last week. While there has been a lot of comment on the bill’s slightly less draconian treatment of postal workers, I haven’t heard Darrell talk much about another provision of the bill- one that is totally in keeping with the way our “lawmakers” do business these days. Because if there’s one thing our career politicians love almost as much as taking frequent and lengthy vacations at taxpayer’s expense, it’s -you guessed it, naming post offices!
And sure enough, if you scan through Darrell’s “landmark” bill, you’ll arrive at this:
TITLE VII—OTHER PROVISIONS
SEC. 701. POSTAL FACILITY DESIGNATIONS.
(a) FACILITIES DESIGNATED.—
(1) OFFICER TOMMY DECKER MEMORIAL POST OFFICE.—
(A) DESIGNATION.—The facility of the United States Postal Service located at 14 Red River Avenue North in Cold Spring, Minnesota, shall be known and designated as the ‘‘Officer
Tommy Decker Memorial Post Office’’.
Which is followed by two additional “designations” of post offices. But wait- there’s more! You know they aren’t going to stop at just three- and your representatives want you to know there’s more to come:
(b) SENSE OF CONGRESS.—It is the sense of Congress that additional postal facility designations be included in postal reform legislation.
Yes, never mind unemployment, sequestration, immigration and all the rest- your hard-working legislators want to make sure every post office gets a name before they’re closed down for good!