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Darrell Issa's Got a Plan to Put the Postal Service in a Death Spiral

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Source: The Nation

A post office in Long Island City, New York. (Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)

Congressman Darrell Issa really is determined to end the United States Postal Service as Americans know it -- indeed, as Americans have known it for more than 200 years.

Issa, the powerful chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, has a long history of attacking the postal service. But, now, he has taken advantage of a manufactured crisis to get his committee to vote 22-17 in favor of a "Postal Reform Act of 2013" that American Postal Workers Union president Cliff Guffey warns "will lead to the demise of the Postal Service."

With Wednesday's committee vote, the full House is now set to consider a plan that would, among other things, phase out door-to-door mail delivery by 2022. Instead of the traditional and highly popular delivery model that now exists, mail would be left in so-called "neighborhood cluster boxes" that would serve multiple residences.

The Issa plan also sets the stage for the elimination of most weekend mail service.

The changes Issa proposes would, according to the National Association of Letter Carriers, lead to "the elimination of more than 100,000 postal jobs and would dramatically cut service." And in addition to its assault on the character and quality of postal service, the legislation includes classic austerity schemes, such as a prohibition against postal unions and management from negotiating protections against the closure of post offices, stations and branches, the consolidating of plants, the privatization of operations and layoffs.

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Issa is going at this exactly as his puppeteer... by Dennis Kaiser on Saturday, Jul 27, 2013 at 6:15:45 AM
I recently ordered a product that came out of Penn... by Dennis Kaiser on Saturday, Jul 27, 2013 at 6:24:06 AM
    More people out of work, what a... by Bob Gormley on Saturday, Jul 27, 2013 at 7:47:46 AM
I heard they also want to eliminate home mail deli... by 911TRUTH on Saturday, Jul 27, 2013 at 11:47:43 AM
Cluster boxes have been used for a long time. ... by Richard Pietrasz on Saturday, Jul 27, 2013 at 6:04:13 PM
I have them where I live.But what they want to do ... by 911TRUTH on Sunday, Jul 28, 2013 at 1:14:59 AM
to junk mail, we'd eliminate probably 70% of the p... by Daniel Geery on Saturday, Jul 27, 2013 at 2:08:39 PM
acts as dangerously deranged.... by BFalcon on Sunday, Jul 28, 2013 at 1:12:52 AM
The 75-year pre-funding mandate is the biggest pro... by Scott Baker on Sunday, Jul 28, 2013 at 3:29:48 AM
Will be another ATM for Congress just as the Socia... by Dennis Kaiser on Sunday, Jul 28, 2013 at 5:52:39 AM