A reporter finally asks Issa how cutting Saturday delivery pays for military pensions

Darrell-Issa-007Amazing! A reporter for the Washington Post actually asked Darrell Issa the question we raised the other day– “What does cutting 6 day delivery at the postal service have to do with increasing military pensions?” Josh Hicks writes in today’s Federal Eye column:

Issa pitched his bill as a measure that would “restore COLAs for military retirees while doubling savings.”

But the Postal Service is largely independent from the federal budget, so we wondered how the government could use savings from that agency to pay for military pensions.

Issa’s response? “Bailout! Benghazi! Obamacare!”

Sorry- I just made that up. But the actual response from Issa’s staff makes about as much sense:

“Right now, the Postal Service has over $100 billion in unfunded long term debt, including retiree health care obligations,” said Caitlin Carroll, a spokeswoman for the congressman. “That $100 billion plus is a ‘contingent liability’ of the US government, to the extent that the Postal Service is never able to pay it off, and that Congress authorizes the Treasury to pay for it.”

In other words, there is no connection, but Darrell thinks military retirees are popular and postal retirees aren’t, and $100 billion is a big number, so it seemed like an easy way to score some political points at the expense of people who actually work for a living, unlike, say, Members of Congress!

Read more: Revisiting Issa’s plan to replace military-pension cuts with postal savings.

  • teaparty

    How about reducing Congress’s pension to pay for military pensions.

    • MrZip

      FYI: Congress has the same pension as the Postal Service.

      • Than

        They only have to serve one term to draw a full pension, not the same

      • MtnPostmaster

        Their calculation is much more generous than ours…so yes same pension but different math!

      • Retired Mailman

        Congressional pensions are paid by taxpayers, USPS pensions are paid from postal revenues.

  • Rdimer

    Please expand on the 100 million , love to see where he gets these numbers..

  • Retired Postal

    Don’t understand how a member of Congreve can continue to lie and mislead the American people gets to stay in office. If he had a real job he’d be fired.

    • Daniel Hunsinger

      Really? Has there ever been someone in Congress that has not lied? Look who they work under..It starts there and goes down. no one from the President down through the House, Senate, Congress can be trusted.

      • Jake

        If you knew anything about US civics, you would know that the people who hired these clowns are the voters of their districts/states. Our President has nothing to do with these goobers reaching Congress.

    • IIlIIl111

      His supporters all have IQ’s of 50 or less, so to them he is a political genius

  • jim

    cut saturday delivery now !!!!!

    • freecountry

      It is evident that you don’t care how many people lose their jobs by eliminating Saturday delivery. Must be yours is safe

  • Tony

    Issa is one sick and twisted man who feels he is above reproach and has no obligation to explain his thinking or actions! Way to go California’s 48th! Any more imbeciles you want to elect?

  • Losmendoza

    Idiot

  • gary

    why don’t we all try to contact people in his district, who work for the post office to contact their friends, relatives and vote this guy our of office.

  • justmehla

    Wonder what he wants to do to save Social Security?

  • txmailman

    Issa is a maniac. A danger to everyone but his own interest. has received huge support from ups and fed ex. Thus why he wants USPS eventually closed. Unfortunately he has a powerful position on the oversight comittee and people listen to and believe every word he says.

  • hrdcorefan

    House representatives and senators salaries are $174,000. One in six retired lawmakers currently earn annual pensions of at least $100,000, according to three decades of pension records obtained by Federal Times. These super-pensions are far more common for retired lawmakers than federal employees. USA Today and New Jersey’s Asbury Park Press, which, like Federal Times, are owned by Gannett, in August reported that more than 21,000 of the 1.9 million retired federal employees earn six-figure pensions — or a little more than 1 percent of all retirees. But 79 of the 463 retired lawmakers still alive — or 17 percent — get more than $100,000 in pensions. Lawmakers are able to retire far earlier than regular federal employees — sometimes after serving only five years in office. These lawmakers often have successful careers before they come to Washington and they should not expect such comfortable pensions. The Congressional Research Service said in a January report that Congress designed its pensions to be more generous because lawmakers can be voted out of office and lose their jobs after just a few years. Congress is supposed to represent their constituents not themselves nor the lobbyists of the 1%. We, the taxpayers, are responsible for 80 percent of their life-time benefit under that system. Additionally, pension benefits for a member of Congress are two to three times more generous than those for a similarly salaried person in the private sector.

  • concerned Letter Carrier

    ISSA thinks you can run the Post Office by going to the front window and buying a book of stamps. What an idiot.