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    Truth Bulletin: The Post Office is not broke and it hasn't taken any of our tax money since 1971 and during those so called 4 years of losses the Service actually produced a 700 million operational profit.
      Due to a 40 year old accounting error, the federal Office of Personnel Management has overcharged the post office by as much as $80 billion for payments into the Civil Service Retirement System. This means that, far from being a drain on the public treasury, USPS has had billions of its sales dollars erroneously diverted into the treasury. Restore the agency's access to its own postage money, and the impending "collapse" goes away.
      Each day, six days a week, letter carriers traverse four million miles toting an average of 563 million pieces of mail, reaching the very doorsteps of our individual homes and workplaces in every single community in America.
      Postmaster Donahoe comes up with the following appalling solutions to the USPS's nonexistent financial problems; close 3,700 of America's post offices, shut down about half of the 487 mail processing centers across the country, cut more than 100,000 postal jobs, restrict mail delivery to five days a week by eliminating all Saturday postal services, do away with the agency's 40 year standard of next day delivery of first class mail, replacing it with a lesser goal of two days or more which proves Donahoe is an idiot and should be fired.
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    progressiveconnie Wrote: Truth Bulletin: The Post Office is not broke and it hasn't taken any of our tax money since 1971 and during those so called 4 years of losses the Service actually produced a 700 million operational profit.
    Due to a 40 year old accounting error, the federal Office of Personnel Management has overcharged the post office by as much as $80 billion for payments into the Civil Service Retirement System. This means that, far from being a drain on the public treasury, USPS has had billions of its sales dollars erroneously diverted into the treasury. Restore the agency's access to its own postage money, and the impending "collapse" goes away.
    Each day, six days a week, letter carriers traverse four million miles toting an average of 563 million pieces of mail, reaching the very doorsteps of our individual homes and workplaces in every single community in America.
    Postmaster Donahoe comes up with the following appalling solutions to the USPS's nonexistent financial problems; close 3,700 of America's post offices, shut down about half of the 487 mail processing centers across the country, cut more than 100,000 postal jobs, restrict mail delivery to five days a week by eliminating all Saturday postal services, do away with the agency's 40 year standard of next day delivery of first class mail, replacing it with a lesser goal of two days or more which proves Donahoe is an idiot and should be fired.

    Connie is absolutely correct. The Postal Service is NOT broke, and it is even more critical than ever.

    The article below goes into more detail why the Postal Service is under attack, and why it is CRITICAL that it gets the funding it needs to stay in business.

    https://tohell-andback.blogspot.com/2020/04/the-postman.html

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    that guy in AZ Wrote:
    progressiveconnie Wrote: Truth Bulletin: The Post Office is not broke and it hasn't taken any of our tax money since 1971 and during those so called 4 years of losses the Service actually produced a 700 million operational profit.
    Due to a 40 year old accounting error, the federal Office of Personnel Management has overcharged the post office by as much as $80 billion for payments into the Civil Service Retirement System. This means that, far from being a drain on the public treasury, USPS has had billions of its sales dollars erroneously diverted into the treasury. Restore the agency's access to its own postage money, and the impending "collapse" goes away.
    Each day, six days a week, letter carriers traverse four million miles toting an average of 563 million pieces of mail, reaching the very doorsteps of our individual homes and workplaces in every single community in America.
    Postmaster Donahoe comes up with the following appalling solutions to the USPS's nonexistent financial problems; close 3,700 of America's post offices, shut down about half of the 487 mail processing centers across the country, cut more than 100,000 postal jobs, restrict mail delivery to five days a week by eliminating all Saturday postal services, do away with the agency's 40 year standard of next day delivery of first class mail, replacing it with a lesser goal of two days or more which proves Donahoe is an idiot and should be fired.

    Connie is absolutely correct. The Postal Service is NOT broke, and it is even more critical than ever.

    The article below goes into more detail why the Postal Service is under attack, and why it is CRITICAL that it gets the funding it needs to stay in business.

    https://tohell-andback.blogspot.com/2020/04/the-postman.html

    Again this is part of the "ploy" of Trump to get re-elected. He already tried such out in Wisconsin to stop the "mail-in ballots". What are Dem's doing immediately to stop this "mafia" action? If you can undermine the postal service then you also can undermine the mail-in ballots, Wake up Biden do something!!! Open your eyes please!!
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    progressiveconnie Wrote: Truth Bulletin: The Post Office is not broke and it hasn't taken any of our tax money since 1971 and during those so called 4 years of losses the Service actually produced a 700 million operational profit.
    Due to a 40 year old accounting error, the federal Office of Personnel Management has overcharged the post office by as much as $80 billion for payments into the Civil Service Retirement System. This means that, far from being a drain on the public treasury, USPS has had billions of its sales dollars erroneously diverted into the treasury. Restore the agency's access to its own postage money, and the impending "collapse" goes away.
    Each day, six days a week, letter carriers traverse four million miles toting an average of 563 million pieces of mail, reaching the very doorsteps of our individual homes and workplaces in every single community in America.
    Postmaster Donahoe comes up with the following appalling solutions to the USPS's nonexistent financial problems; close 3,700 of America's post offices, shut down about half of the 487 mail processing centers across the country, cut more than 100,000 postal jobs, restrict mail delivery to five days a week by eliminating all Saturday postal services, do away with the agency's 40 year standard of next day delivery of first class mail, replacing it with a lesser goal of two days or more which proves Donahoe is an idiot and should be fired.

    "Donahoe retired on February 1, 2015[7] and Megan Brennan, the first female Postmaster General, was appointed as his successor the following February"

    Your post is outdated.

    This is why the USPS is having financial problems: bloomberg.com/news/features/2020-04-13/...

    Republicans have long sought to privatize the USPS. washingtonpost.com/opinions/trumps-priv...

    As of this date and time, the OP is outdated, and the USPS IS having financial difficulties.

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    Dock, I just like to point out all of this suits Trump and will help his re-election. I've always used mail-in ballots and works fine, except there is no proof if they received it or counted it. I would not be surprised at all, if they tossed/shredded mine all the time!
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    Dutch Wrote:
    that guy in AZ Wrote:
    progressiveconnie Wrote: Truth Bulletin: The Post Office is not broke and it hasn't taken any of our tax money since 1971 and during those so called 4 years of losses the Service actually produced a 700 million operational profit.
    Due to a 40 year old accounting error, the federal Office of Personnel Management has overcharged the post office by as much as $80 billion for payments into the Civil Service Retirement System. This means that, far from being a drain on the public treasury, USPS has had billions of its sales dollars erroneously diverted into the treasury. Restore the agency's access to its own postage money, and the impending "collapse" goes away.
    Each day, six days a week, letter carriers traverse four million miles toting an average of 563 million pieces of mail, reaching the very doorsteps of our individual homes and workplaces in every single community in America.
    Postmaster Donahoe comes up with the following appalling solutions to the USPS's nonexistent financial problems; close 3,700 of America's post offices, shut down about half of the 487 mail processing centers across the country, cut more than 100,000 postal jobs, restrict mail delivery to five days a week by eliminating all Saturday postal services, do away with the agency's 40 year standard of next day delivery of first class mail, replacing it with a lesser goal of two days or more which proves Donahoe is an idiot and should be fired.

    Connie is absolutely correct. The Postal Service is NOT broke, and it is even more critical than ever.

    The article below goes into more detail why the Postal Service is under attack, and why it is CRITICAL that it gets the funding it needs to stay in business.

    https://tohell-andback.blogspot.com/2020/04/the-postman.html

    Again this is part of the "ploy" of Trump to get re-elected. He already tried such out in Wisconsin to stop the "mail-in ballots". What are Dem's doing immediately to stop this "mafia" action? If you can undermine the postal service then you also can undermine the mail-in ballots, Wake up Biden do something!!! Open your eyes please!!

    kenoshanews.com/news/state-and-regional...

    "The class action suit filed in U.S. District Court in Madison names Assembly Speaker Robin Vos and Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, both Republicans, as defendants, along with the state individually, the Legislature and the Wisconsin Elections Commission."

    "Democratic National Committee chairman Tom Perez added the DNC is exploring legal options related to Wisconsin's 7th Congressional District race. Perez wants the state to send an absentee ballot to every registered voter in that district."

    What do you want Biden to do? He's a candidate and presently doesn't hold any kind of official government position.

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    My old neighbor was a veteran and a postal worker who walked a route. They had a strong union. That's unpopular with many employers who want to cut costs and remove protection. I hope this is worked out because you're not going to FedEx a birthday card for 16.00 to Aunt Betty. 50 cents is easy.
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    My VA prescriptions are sent via first class mail which I usually receive within 7 days after I reorder, they pay the postage, and like you say, I can't see fedex or ups overtaking the postal service burdens of trying to deliver daily mail. BTW, most fedex is non union, ups is teamsters union.

    idrivelogistics.com/differences-fedex-u...

    From what I can garner for information, both agencies pass off packages to the postal service for final destination deliveries.

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    TJ Wrote: My old neighbor was a veteran and a postal worker who walked a route. They had a strong union. That's unpopular with many employers who want to cut costs and remove protection. I hope this is worked out because you're not going to FedEx a birthday card for 16.00 to Aunt Betty. 50 cents is easy.

    TJ:

    My dad was a mail carrier from 1955 until his retirement in 1976, and he belonged to the postal union.

    Union membership in the United States has declined significantly in recent decades. The number of union members peaked in 1979 at an estimated 21.0 million. In 2003, an estimated 15.8 million workers were union members. As a percent of employed workers, union membership peaked in 1954 at 28.3%. In 2003, 11.5% of employed workers were union members. (In 2019, the percentage had dropped to 10.3%)

    Most studies find that, after controlling for individual, job, and labor market characteristics, the wages of union workers are in the range of 10% to 30% higher than the wages of nonunion workers. The wage premium is generally greater for less skilled, less-educated, and younger workers and larger for private than public sector workers. Union members generally receive better or more generous fringe benefits than similar nonunion workers. Job tenure tends to be greater and quit rates lower among unionized workers. However, the wage premium may have declined in recent

    The post office is still very much a union "shop", since it actually deals with SEVEN different unions.

    https://digitalcommons.ilr.cornell.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1176&context=key_workplace

    You'll notice that the peak year for unions was 1979, and has declined ever since. There's a reason for that:

    Ronald Reagan.

    My cousin Jerry was an air traffic controller in 1981, when Reagan fired 11,359 air traffic controllers.

    On August 3, almost 13,000 air-traffic controllers went on strike after negotiations with the federal government to raise their pay and shorten their workweek proved fruitless

    On August 5, an angry President Reagan carried out his threat, and the federal government began firing the 11,359 air-traffic controllers who had not returned to work. In addition, he declared a lifetime ban on the rehiring of the strikers by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). On August 17, the FAA began accepting applications for new air-traffic controllers, and on October 22 the Federal Labor Relations Authority decertified PATCO.

    https://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/reagan-fires-11359-air-traffic-controllers

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    At a time when the Post Office needs a competent manager to replace Megan Brennan, who is retiring, Trump nominated Louis DeJoy, a North Carolina businessman who is currently in charge of fundraising for the Republican National Convention in Charlotte.

    The action will install a stalwart Trump ally to lead the Postal Service, which he has railed against for years, and probably move him closer than ever before to forcing the service to renegotiate its terms with companies and its own union workforce. Trump’s Treasury Department and the Postal Service are in the midst of a negotiation over a $10 billion line of credit approved as part of coronavirus legislation in March.

    DeJoy will be the first postmaster general in two decades who did not rise through the agency’s ranks. He would have to navigate a financially fraught agency while also working with its powerful labor unions, among the last ­public-sector unions left with significant clout in contract negotiations with the government.

    DeJoy, a North Carolina native, has played a prominent role in Republican politics, particularly since Trump won the presidency in 2016. He has given more than $2 million to the Trump campaign or Republican causes since 2016, according to the Federal Election Commission, including a $210,600 contribution to the Trump Victory Fund on Feb. 19. He has given more than $650,000 to the Trump Victory Fund and more than $1 million to the RNC.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/top-republican-fundraiser-and-trump-ally-to-be-named-postmaster-general-giving-president-new-influence-over-postal-service-officials-say/2020/05/06/25cde93c-8fd4-11ea-8df0-ee33c3f5b0d6_story.html

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    I wrote a letter to our congressman this morning because I was concerned about the new Postmaster - and how rapidly he was approved.

    Two hours later, I received the following response:

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    Thank you for contacting our office and sharing your concerns. The Board of Governors of the U.S. Postal Service is comparable to a board of directors of a publicly held corporation. The Board normally consists of up to nine governors appointed by the President of the United States with the advice and consent of the Senate. The nine governors select the Postmaster General, who becomes a member of the Board, and those 10 select the Deputy Postmaster General, who also serves on the Board.

    Currently, the board now has six total members: four appointed by President Trump and confirmed by the Senate, Postmaster General Megan Brennan and Deputy Postmaster General Ronald Stroman. It is highly unlikely for any changes to occur on the board in the foreseeable future with the latest confirmation of DeJoy.

    The Congressman will continue to work with his colleague to ensure the Postal Service is able to uphold it's mandate to the people. I am sharing his recent work on postal issues.

    • He, along other colleagues, sent a letter to Speaker Pelosi and Minority Leader McCarthy requesting strong support for the United States Postal Service in the next package developed to respond to the harms of COVID-19.

    • He is a co-sponsor of the Protect Our Post Offices Act (H.R. 6425).

    • He joined with Rep. Kirkpatrick and 56 other members in an effort to provide additional funding and assistance to help USPS maintain its critical services in the short-term and ensure long-term success by ensuring key area mail processing (AMP) facilities like Cherrybell in Tucson, remain open to protect service standards performance. Press release here.

    • He led 41 Members of Congress in a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy supporting hazard pay and required workplace protections for essential front line blue-collar workers, including postal workers.

    Best,

    ​Sayanna Molina

    Legislative Assistant

    Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva (AZ-03)

    **************************************

    The reason that DeJoy got approved so quickly is that 4 of the six members were appointed by Trump. Despite that fact the board is supposed to balanced politically, it you review the bios of the 4 people appointed by Trump, they all appear to be Republicans.

    Robert M. Duncan served as Chairman of the Republican National Committee from 2007 to 2009. As RNC Chairman, he raised an unprecedented $428 million and grew the donor base to 1.8 million – more donors than at any time in RNC history. Duncan was also President and CEO of the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity.

    John Barger began his career on Wall Street and in the City of London, spending several years at Deutsche Bank/Bankers Trust and Citibank.

    Ron Bloom worked for Lazard Freres & Co., a financial advisory and asset management firm

    Roman Martinez began his career as an investment banker in 1971 at Kuhn Loeb & Company, which merged with Lehman Brothers in 1977.

    https://about.usps.com/who/leadership/board-governors/roman-martinez-iv.htm

    Here's more information on the board:

    The Board of Governors of the U.S. Postal Service is comparable to a board of directors of a publicly held corporation. The Board normally consists of up to nine governors appointed by the President of the United States with the advice and consent of the Senate.

    The nine governors select the Postmaster General, who becomes a member of the Board, and those 10 select the Deputy Postmaster General, who also serves on the Board. The Postmaster General serves at the pleasure of the governors for an indefinite term and the Deputy Postmaster General serves at the pleasure of the governors and the Postmaster General.

    In 1970, when the Board was established by the Postal Reorganization Act, the governors of the Postal Service were appointed for terms of nine years. The first nine appointments were for staggered terms of one to nine years. Subsequent appointments were made for the full nine years. On December 20, 2006, President George W. Bush signed the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act, P.L. 109-435, which changed the terms of subsequently appointed governors from nine to seven years. The Act also added professional qualifications for the governors. The governors are chosen to represent the public interest generally and cannot be representatives of special interests. Not more than five of the nine may belong to the same political party. They shall be chosen solely based on their experience in the field of public service, law or accounting. However, at least four of the governors shall be chosen solely based on their demonstrated ability in managing organizations or corporations (in either the public or private sector) that employ at least 50,000 employees.

    Appointments are made when vacancies occur or for the remainder of unexpired terms. Each governor’s term expires on December 8 of a given year. Governors may continue to serve following expiration of their term or until a successor is appointed but not for more than one year. No person may serve more than two terms as a governor.

    The Board directs the exercise of the powers of the Postal Service, directs and controls its expenditures, reviews its practices, conducts long-range planning, approves officer compensation and sets policies on all postal matters. The Board takes up matters such as service standards and capital investments.

    The governors employ a full-time corporate secretary who serves as the primary staff assistant to the Board and supervises other members of the staff of the Office of the Board of Governors. The secretary is generally responsible for coordinating the resources of the Postal Service so that the Board fulfills its statutory duties in the most efficient and informed manner possible. Michael J. Elston is the secretary of the Board.

    The Board of Governors meets on a regular basis. Meeting locations are generally in Washington, D.C., but may be scheduled in some other city where the members can see firsthand a Postal Service or large mailer's operation and provide access to the Board to customers from other parts of the country.

    All meetings are open to the public unless the Board specifically votes to close all or part of a meeting in line with exemptions permitted by the Government in the Sunshine Act [5 U.S.C. 552b(b)].

    Each governor receives $300 per day for not more than 42 days of meetings each year and travel expenses, in addition to an annual salary of $30,000. Five vacancies exist on the Board.

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    The smartest think that president Biden should do after the election is to appoint 4 DEMOCRATS to the Board of Governors in order to achieve a better balance. It appears that we are stuck with the new Postmaster General for 5 more years, but having more Democrats on the board would help to tone down the craziness.

    Since being inaugurated, Trump has issued 152 executive orders. The other act that Biden should consider is reversing at least some of those executive orders, even though a few on the list might actually be valid.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_executive_actions_by_Donald_Trump

    152 executive orders actually is not unreasonable, since a number of presidents (including Obama) issued more than that . FDR is the champion, with 3728 executive orders.

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    Thanks Arizona for the "mail" disaster; no wonder Trump did place all these "loyalist" all over the government. And still the Dem's think they can remove him? What a country! Stupid as hell; just try to remove all this filth; they just walk over Biden, unless he removes all of these idiots.

    And you still think that the laws of this country "work"; forget it. Sorry this country is now run by the Trump "mafia"

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    One unexpected benefit of the coronavirus is that it has made the Post Office more profitable, largely due to fact that packaging volumes have increased dramatically over last year because more people are ordering online.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2020/06/25/postal-service-packages-coronavirus/

    After Biden is sworn in in January, he'd be wise to add 4 more members to the postal union board, fire the existing postal director, and replace him with someone who actually has worked for the post office.

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    Yes you are correct; I hope it is also applicable for anyone in the government, to replace those with "experts" instead of promising "loyalty" and have no knowledge of the job itself. Incompetence is the name of the game. Just give the "passed away dead people" checks amounting to $1,4 billion total . I wish this country lots of luck!