NALC President Fred Rolando Refutes “Taxpayer Bailout” Claim on Fox Business Network
President Rolando brought some adult supervision to Fox Business Network’s “Money Rocks” show last week, explaining that relief from the annual $5.5 billion retiree health pre-funding requirement isn’t a “taxpayer bailout.”
On the previous week’s show, Republican strategist John Burkman had called for privatizing the Postal Service. Burkman blasted postal employees as low-skilled labor and made racially-tinged comments about African immigrants. “Most of these guys in the Post Office should be driving cabs,” Burkman said.
That last bit prompted former GOP Senator Alfonse D’Amato of New York to call out Burkman’s “racist bullsh*t” later in the segment. “You should be ashamed of yourself and have your mouth washed out,” D’Amato said. “What the hell are you talking about?”
See the video of Burkman and D’Amato http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fi19yLcGk8c
In response, Rolando went to FBN’s studios September 23 and brought “Money Rocks” back to Earth.
“This concept that the Postal Service is asking for some kind of a taxpayer bailout…nothing could be further from the truth,” Rolando said. “All they are looking to do is transfer some money from fund to fund, none of which is taxpayer money.”
Rolando also pushed back on the privatization idea and the insults to postal workers. “The Postal Service is set up to have a universal delivery network to the most remote areas of the country for the same price,” he said. “And that’s exactly what they do. It is not designed to squeeze dollars out for personal profit.
“The men and women that I represent are highly trained and are very dedicated, [and] take their work seriously,” he continued. “They happen to be in every neighborhood and have the privilege of saving lives and stopping crime and protecting property, which is why, for the sixth year in a row, Americans have voted [USPS] the most trusted federal agency.”