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Saturday, March 09, 2013

Republicans DETERMINED to Eliminate the Post Office

When there’s no more socialized mail delivery, Voter Suppression laws can finally be enforced.  What’s the use of making voters show fourteen pieces of I.D. — plus receipts for country club dues — if these peons can just bypass the whole Jim Crow process and vote through the mail?

Not only that:  FedEx and UPS are expecting something in return for all their multi-jillion dollar “campaign contributions” to rightwing politicians:  namely, putting an end to that commie Public Option for mail delivery.

Step One:  require the United States Postal Service to pay — in advance — for the retirement pensions of all future employees for the next seventy-five years.  That’ll fix ‘em!

In response, the Post Office came up with their own austerity program:  eliminating Saturday mail delivery.  It saves money, and most of the public is OK with it.  Everybody wins, right?

But now congressional Republicans are insisting that the Post Office continue with Saturday mail delivery.  Part of last Wednesday’s spending measure — to keep the government afloat through September — requires the U.S. Postal Service to CONTINUE Saturday mail delivery.  This was passed almost entirely along party lines; 137 House Democrats voted against it.

If Republicans aren’t trying to bankrupt and eliminate the Post Office, then what IS their motive?

Picture this:

You’ve declared bankruptcy, and a debt counselor is forcing you to make some brutal sacrifices.  After some painful soul searching, you’ve finally come up with a plan.  You’ll sell your car and start taking the bus everywhere.  You’ll cancel your cable TV subscription and your gym membership, and you’ll by all your groceries at Discount Foods R Us instead of Whole Foods.

And your debt counselor disapproves your plan; insists you keep your car, cable TV, gym membership and keep shopping at health food stores.  You’d be a little suspicious, right?

If Republicans actually have a non-ulterior motive for forcing the Post Office to continue Saturday mail delivery, I’d sure like to know what it is.

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Blogger Mr. Charleston said...

I once attended a lecture given by the president of FedEx. He asked the question, "Do you know who our biggest competitor is." The answer was, the U.S. Postal Service. 'Nuff said. The bastards are simply out to eliminate the competition. Hopefully, enough of our esteemed leaders will realize that a public postal service is still as important as public libraries. Ooops... I forgot. Some fine politician in my town figures that since we now have the internet, we no longer need libraries. Who can argue with such logic?

March 9, 2013 at 6:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I could be that most Republicans represent more rural areas and they are trying to protect the Joads by getting them Saturday Mail ...No what am I thinking?

Maybe because Postal Workers are Unionized and that drew the GOP ire
much better!

California State is debating changing the ballot envelopes to insuring people know the last day they can mail them for federal elections, or instructions on how to drop them off. They are also just considering allowing for the Posted date rather then just the delivered date (I mean states rights works both ways right?)


March 9, 2013 at 8:02 PM  
Blogger Randal Graves said...

To save us from anthrax powder. Duh.

March 10, 2013 at 4:20 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Mr. C: That's right, we don't need libraries any more, now that we got us them Intertubes.

Erik: Yup, getting rid of the Postal Workers' union will be another milestone for the GOP.

I like those two ideas from the CA state legislature.

Randal: Habib says he can send his anthrax through UPS and FedEx too.

March 11, 2013 at 2:18 PM  

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