Who Hijacked Our Country

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

“Why Does Congress Insist on Destroying the Postal Service?”

That's the title of this article.  It's a rhetorical question, of course.

As you probably know, in 2006 the lame-duck Congress passed a law requiring the U.S. Postal Service to pre-fund all of its employees retirement pensions for the next seventy-five years.  This is billions of dollars beyond what any other government agency is required to do.

And you can't even blame Republicans for this law; plenty of Democrats voted for it too.  The Postal Service tried to eliminate Saturday delivery and close their most remote little-used branches.  Both of these cost-saving moves are heavily favored by the public.  Congress said NO.

And the trillion-dollar-plus spending bill that will probably be passed this week clearly stipulates:

6-day delivery and rural delivery of mail shall continue at not less than the 1983 level, and none of the funds provided in this Act shall be used to consolidate or close small rural and other small post offices in fiscal year 2014.

Sounds like one of those Unfunded Mandates that conservatives always used to scream about.

In other words, stop spending so damn much money, and quit coming up with all these cost-cutting ideas, you cheap bastards.

As the linked article says:

Lawmakers want the Postal Service to run itself like a for-profit business, but they retain the right of final say over all its major business decisions.

Imagine driving up to an intersection and seeing a bunch of signs saying Do Not Enter!  No Stopping!  No Right Turn!  No Left Turn!

That's about the level of Congress' reasoning here.  What motive could Congress possibly have, if not the ultimate elimination of the U.S. Postal Service?  (Another rhetorical question.)

FedEx and UPS have both purchased a lot of expensive friendships in Congress.  And they'd probably love to get rid of their pesky competitor.

Even more importantly, a lot of people vote by mail.  In at least one state, all voting is done through the mail.  So many well-funded rightwing organizations have worked tirelessly to make sure all voters have at least five pieces of identification before they vote, and to eliminate extended voting and early voting.  These dedicated voter suppression efforts are all in vain if voters can just mail in their ballots.

Get rid of that damn Post Office already!


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9 Comments:

Blogger Jerry Critter said...

It is a shame to see congress try to destroy a very successful government service.

January 16, 2014 at 8:24 AM  
Blogger Randal Graves said...

When I was young, I took my five pieces of ID and walked ten miles in the snow to the polling place with my first born. Mail is for commies and homersexuals.

January 16, 2014 at 8:44 AM  
Blogger jim marquis said...

I've been mad about this issue for several years now. Congress is screwing around with an institution that many people consider nonessential but in reality is very important.

January 16, 2014 at 9:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I always thought it was because the Postal Service had a large Union


Erik

January 16, 2014 at 2:59 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Jerry: Yup, it's a shame, and it's also a shame the mainstream "media" has given so little coverage to the reasons behind the Post Office's financial problems.

Randal: Your ten-mile walk doesn't count unless it was uphill both ways.

Jim: It's definitely maddening. And the media has given this such little coverage, the public probably thinks the Post Office is struggling because they're just a bunch of inefficient bureaucrats.

Erik: Excellent point. I didn't think of that and the article didn't mention anything about it. No doubt, union-busting is one of the main motives.

January 16, 2014 at 7:43 PM  
Blogger jim marquis said...

Another great example of the GOP messing up the country in order to further their Ayn Randian agenda.

January 17, 2014 at 7:31 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Jim: Yup, their 2 idols are Ayn Rand and Jesus.

January 17, 2014 at 12:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

APWU 3800, First Area Tri County Local, PA, library online, stress in the workplace articles, ' how the ongoing violation of the guiding principles of the USPS are creating a toxic work environment, 2008, www.billburrusjounral.org, misc page ( hidden by google) myths versus facts and phony excuses for diverting USPS revenues, ALEC/Koch Cabal pursuing the privatization of USPS for Ups and FedEx, Bob Sloan, vltp. net, April 2012, Tim McCown, examiner.com, behind all the schemes and lies of privatization of the USPS, June 2012, Minot Daily news archives, ( member to read) postal politics, postal frustrations and how to fix the USPS, Grand forks herald, the mail must go through by ryan bakken, 2009, archives, Michigan APWU the truth about the postal crisis, www.savethepostoffice.com, and USPS widows on face book.

January 26, 2014 at 2:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

www.theocracywatch.org, the rise of the religious right in the republican party, page 3 formation of alec, what happened between 1964 and 1994, same group that is doing this to USPS, tried to shut down the country.

January 26, 2014 at 2:10 AM  

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