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USPS remains under attack

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  • Republican
    Tampa, FL
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    That was the title of a piece Ed Shultz did on his show June 15th. The wealthy are stealing the Peoples Post Office right out from under the nose of the American People. Congress is helping them do this. Mainstream media is totally ignoring what is going on. I am a Mailman that decided to take a stand. "Instead of Going Postal, A Mailman tries to save the Peoples Post Office." That is the name of a blog I started at tcobert59.blogspot.com. Check it out, and voice what you think about what is going on with the Peoples Post Office.
  • Democrat
    Mojave Desert, NV
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    That Republicans have been trying to destroy the USPS for years. They look at it and see nothing but profit opportunity from breaking it up and turning the most profitable services over to the private sector, costing us more for what we'll end up with and leaving others with no affordable postal services at all.

    The Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act of 2006, the requirement that the USPS pre-fund a trust account to cover anticipated retiree health insurance premiums 75 years into the future, is not only unique in country (no other agency or private company has to do this), the mandatory $5.5B payment to that fund each year is bankrupting this non-profit, universal public service.

    It's time to put an end to that legislated burden that targeted the USPS exclusively and to return the funds collected to the service.
  • Republican
    Tampa, FL
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    Dragon, that is only a small piece of what is going on. Go to postalnews.com June 17th, click on "Betrayal without remedy: The unwinding of the Postal Service. It will take you to Saveourpostoffice.com and an article titled, "The Unwinding", by Mark Jamison. Very well researched and it backs up everything I have been saying on my blog.
  • Center Left Democrat
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    Flagstaff, AZ
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    Mailman:


    Thanks very much for the information about the Post Office. My dad was a letter carrier for more than 25 years, so the topic is dear to my heart.

    After reading your note, I reviewed the sites that you mentioned, and did a little more research as well.

    Here's some additional information, which I sent to my e-mail friends this morning:


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    most people aren't aware of the 2006 Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act, which forced
    the Post Office to pre-fund health and retirement funding for it's employees for 75 years - in a 10 year period:


    http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2011/09/28/330524/postal-non-crisis-post-office-save-itself/

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Postal_Regulatory_Commission

    the current villain in the affair is none other than California Representative Darrell Issa, whose name you may recognize from other "scandals".

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Darrell_Issa

    He was at the forefront of the unwarranted attacks on Eric Holder ("fast and furious") and he's also trying to create
    a scandal about the IRS:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/17/opinion/release-the-facts-about-the-irs-scandal.html?src=rechp

    http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2013-06-13/darrell-issas-irs-investigation-is-falling-apart

    he's also one of the guys in the House who have been trying to repeal the Affordable Care Act:

    http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/?&Db=d112&querybd=@FIELD%28FLD003+@4%28%28@1%28Rep+Issa++Darrell+E.%29%29+01640%29%29

    the post office blog listed below has several interesting articles about the illusory financial problems of the post office ..

    http://postalnews.com/postalnewsblog/

    The Ed Show of June 16 gives a quick summary of the issues, but the post of June 15 goes into a lot more detail. You'll notice that Representative Issa is right smack dab in the middle of the controversy.

    He's currently serving his 7th term in Congress, and will be in office until 2014. Unfortunately, he's very popular with his constituents, since he got 66% of the vote in Orange Country in the election for his 2012 term.

    According to Wikipedia, his net worth is $450 million, which makes him the second richest member of Congress.

    rollcall.com puts his worth at a substantially lower number ($220 million), but still in second place. Number 1 on the list is a Republican Representative from Texas named Michael McCall, who's worth $294 million. Most of his wealth comes from the financial interest that his wife has in Clear Channel Communications, the world's largest radio station

    One of the main owners of Clear Channel is a company called Bain Capital (sound familiar?).

    Clear Channel owns the shows of Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannitty, and Glenn Beck, but the company had a 1st quarter 2013 loss of $203 million due to a nationwide boycott of Rush Limbaugh's sponsors. Limbaugh signed an 8 year, $400,000,000 contract with Clear Channel in 2008, which means that racism, sexism, gay hatred and bigotry are still very profitable, at least for him personally.


    http://www.examiner.com/article/wall-street-reports-a-203-million-loss-for-rush-limbaugh-clear-channel

    As you might suspect, I've already written to my Congresswoman (and a few other people) urging her to repeal the Postal Accountability Act.

    You may want to write your Representative also.
  • Republican
    Tampa, FL
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    That guy in Arizona. Welcome aboard. Thank you. The Mailman.
  • Center Left Democrat
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    Flagstaff, AZ
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    Mailman:


    The link below will allow you to read the entire bill, if you are so inclined. When I reviewed the summary, it appears that the provision for the funding of benefits is in Section 803, and it appears to show a time period of 50 years.

    http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/109/hr6407

    The bill's sponsor was former Virginia Republican Representative Thomas Davis (who was actually a moderate Republican) , but 2 of the 3 co-sponsors were Democrats.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_M._Davis
  • Republican
    Tampa, FL
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    Something to think about. With the supercomputers the USPS possesses they control the mail. They have the capability to track, record or intercept a piece of mail going to or from any name or address. Federal police forces known as the Postal Inspectors and the Office of the Inspector General oversee this and protect against abuses. If the Postal Service is privatized this tech goes to the private sector. The law enforcement does not. The sanctity and security of the mail will end. Do you trust the private sector to look out for the interest of the America People? Wait, that's not funny.
  • Liberal Democrat
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    Colorado Springs, CO
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    I am a big fan of the postal service, and I hate what the Republicans are trying to do to it. But what is more disconcerting is the inattentiveness of the American public. Very few people seem to understand what's going on...or are woefully misinformed. Rural America has the most to lose yet this is also the heart of the Republican base. They at least understand how bad it will be for them if they lose their post offices...but do they really understand the reasons why?

    Most rural areas do not even have fast internet, and dial up just doesn't work like it used to because all the software demands fast connections. So they are screwed.

    Putting the issue of the pension plan aside, I have no problem with bigger city post offices subsidizing rural post offices. If every rural post office in America was forced to show a profit or close, it would devastate the postal system for rural America. Maybe 3,000 post offices would close. Those post offices in the remote areas of rural Alaska would be the first to go. Also, if the post office is privatized as many Republicans would like, then you can kiss your rural post offices good-bye anyway because these would be the first targets of cost cutting. And Fedex and UPS will not go there unless you pay an exorbitant fee.

    I believe the post office exists as a public service to America, and rural America is a part of that America. We need to get over the mentality that every post office has to be profitable. Oh but that would be socialism...can't go there.
  • Other Party
    Nebraska
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    Mailman you say that ..."Do you trust the private sector to look out for the interest of the American People? Wait, that's not funny."...

    As if the government is going to look out for the American people? As if ANY organization can be trusted? I think anyone who trusts ANY sector, public, private, or anyother kind or sector, company, organization...is a complete fool.

    I would never trust the post office, Wal Mart, the federal government, local government...I would trust NO ONE to look out for my interests. And I think that the spying revelations of the past few days proves that.

    And THAT'S not funny either.
  • Independent
    New Hampshire
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    Who in the USPS will be sharing in the bonuses which are planned?
  • Republican
    Tampa, FL
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    Anybody the Postmaster General says was in on the takeover.
  • Liberal Democrat
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    Colorado Springs, CO
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    jamesn Wrote: Mailman you say that ..."Do you trust the private sector to look out for the interest of the American People? Wait, that's not funny."...

    As if the government is going to look out for the American people? As if ANY organization can be trusted? I think anyone who trusts ANY sector, public, private, or anyother kind or sector, company, organization...is a complete fool.

    I would never trust the post office, Wal Mart, the federal government, local government...I would trust NO ONE to look out for my interests. And I think that the spying revelations of the past few days proves that.

    And THAT'S not funny either.
    I trust the post office. Our mailman is there every day, rain or shine, six days a week delivering important mail and a bunch of unimportant stuff. He does his job professionally. On the other hand, I had a very important document sent to me by Fedex overnight, and it didn't show up. I was at the point of trying to figure out who to call when a guy down the street knocks at my door. Fedex had delivered my envelope to the wrong address and left it at his front door. If he hadn't looked out, I might have waited days. Many people don't use their front doors.
  • Other Party
    Nebraska
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    Schmidt sure I trust the post office, too. But only to a point. Are you 100% certain that there is not someone in the USPS who monitors or reads your mail? Or someone elses?

    I trust my local cops, and I trust my local and federal government...but only to a point, not 100%.

    I trust the FBI but yesterday we hear them admit that they use ..."very few"...drones here in America to spy on us. Not to worry, it's only in a ..."very, very minimal way"... Sure it is! Trust us! Would we do anything to violate the constitution?

    There is trust, then there is REAL trust, where you are 100% convinced that nothing illegal is going on (like phone, email, text monitoring). I am a law abiding, tax paying citizen who has nothing to hide so I don't think I have anything (or much) to worry about. But am I 100% sure that I am not being illegally watched, monitored, surveiled? HELL NO!

    I guess I have good mail service, but I would say that in the last 5 years I have received someone elses mail in my box 6 or 7 times, usually my next door neighbors and twice I received mail intended for my neighbor one street over (same house number). Once it was a small package and once a bank statement but usually regular letters and junk mail. Fedex or UPS delivered my package to my neighbor down the street about three years ago. These are innocent mistakes, and everyone makes mistakes.

    There are mistakes, then there are illegal activities.

    What is this about the USPS giving out bonuses?

    And how about the $70 million in bonuses planned for employees of the IRS? For what...lousy line dancing? It's just one gaffe after another for our government lately, and that's just the stuff we hear about. What about the stuff we DON'T hear about?