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Rothschild reports: "'The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) today continued its tradition under the leadership of Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe of shooting itself in the foot,' Nader said. 'The only question that remains is: When will the madness end?'"

Letter carrier Kevin Pownall delivers mail in Philadelphia. (photo: Matt Rourke/AP)
Letter carrier Kevin Pownall delivers mail in Philadelphia. (photo: Matt Rourke/AP)



Nader, Sanders Condemn Postal Service Decision

By Matthew Rothschild, The Progressive

07 February 13

 

onsumer advocate Ralph Nader and Senator Bernie Sanders condemned the U.S. Postal Service for its decision to end Saturday delivery.

"The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) today continued its tradition under the leadership of Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe of shooting itself in the foot," Nader said. "The only question that remains is: When will the madness end? By ending Saturday letter delivery in August 2013, as the USPS has proposed, millions of customers who take advantage of its services will be harmed, mail service will be slowed, and the USPS's current death spiral will deepen."

Nader also called into question the legality of the move.

"In making the move to end Saturday letter delivery, Postmaster General Donahoe has not only shown his complete disregard for the good of the USPS's consumers, but he has also ignored the will of Congress," Nader said. "For decades, Congress has mandated six-day delivery. Congress must act to protect rural communities, small businesses, the elderly, and the disabled, among others by reasserting its authority over the U.S. Postal Service and stopping it from making such an irresponsible decision."

Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont echoed Nader. "The postmaster general cannot save the Postal Service by ending one of its major competitive advantages," he said. "Cutting six-day delivery is not a viable plan for the future." Sanders added that it "will harm rural America while doing very little to improve the financial condition of the Postal Service. Providing fewer services and less quality will cause more customers to seek other options. Rural Americans, businesses, senior citizens and veterans will be hurt by ending Saturday mail."

Both Nader and Sanders noted that the financial burden the Postal Service faces was manufactured by Congress. In 2006, Congress required the Postal Service to "pre-fund 75 years' worth of future retiree health benefits over a 10-year period," said Sanders. "That pre-funding requirement is responsible for about 80 percent of the Postal Service's financial losses since 2007. No other government agency, no other corporation in America is burdened with this mandate. This mandate must be lifted."

Nader pointed out how silly this mandate is, saying it "effectively forces the USPS to prefund retiree health benefits for some of its future employees who haven't even been born yet!"

Nader added: "Postmaster General Donahoe has demonstrated that he lacks the political courage to stand up to Congress and tell them that they caused this mess and they need to fix it."

Nader called for Donahoe to resign.

 

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+131 # DPM 2013-02-07 14:01
Once again, politicians "in bed" with corporate sponsors, are acting to eliminate a corporate rival through ridiculous qualifications that corporations don't have to meet. Let congress mandate UPS, FEDEX, and other private companies, meet the same retirement burden, as the Postal Service, and see what happens. Just another corporate gambit, like privatizing Social Security, to accumulate more money with no commensurate benefit to our citizenry!
 
 
+13 # MainStreetMentor 2013-02-08 17:46
Here's a little "tid-bit": Check out the salary INCREASES for executives who at the head of an organization which, by their own admission, is losing $25 million a day, (the figures you'll read about do NOT include the ridiculous payment of BONUSES that they collect, either): http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2012/nov/15/us-postal-service-loses-159-billion/?page=all
Such are the "benefits" of privatization and semi-privatizat ion of what used to be solely owned and operated government agencies.
 
 
+9 # DoctorDemocracy 2013-02-08 22:48
Agreed. Those are pretty good salaries by the standards of working Americans. However, they are not high salaries compared to comparable positions in organizations of similar size in the US. These USPS execs would be paid more reasonably if the USPS were still a government agency. I would support that.

And we should all be advocating for limits on executive compensation. Executive compensation could capped,for example, at no more than 10 times the pay of the lowest paid full-time employee of the company. This policy would place more value on working people and increase jobs. Beyond the practical value of such a law, the idea that hugely compensated executives are worth 100 or 1,000 people working for them is patently absurd on its face.
 
 
+119 # mdhome 2013-02-07 14:15
The mandate to fund 75 years of retirement in 10 years is INSANE! But what can anyone expect from congress? What happens to that money if they end up not needing so much money for a decreasing number of employees, what if this puts them out of business, that fund would not be needed. Funding retirement for workers not even born yet, has to be one of the craziest thing congress has done and they do some crazy sh!t.
 
 
+82 # tbcrawford 2013-02-07 14:57
Kind of like taking our retirement contributions to Social Security and then, forty years later, telling us there's no money to pay for our retirement. The odious demand the post office pay insurance on those not yet born must be invalidated NOW! I for one do not want to pay UPS (they won't deliver to apartments) and Fed Ex (can't afford either). I grew up with a letter a week from my grandfather and still want to send post cards and letters to my grandchildren. How dare Congress threaten this joy? The slippery slope awaits, greedy corporate crooks are salivating.
 
 
+23 # NOMINAE 2013-02-08 01:05
Quoting mdhome:
The mandate to fund 75 years of retirement in 10 years is INSANE! But what can anyone expect from congress? What happens to that money if they end up not needing so much money for a decreasing number of employees, what if this puts them out of business, that fund would not be needed. Funding retirement for workers not even born yet, has to be one of the craziest thing congress has done and they do some crazy sh!t.


Your contribution is ENTIRELY valid, and on point ! However, driving the Post Office out of business is EXACTLY what this legislation was DESIGNED to do. Small wonder that it's working so well, with only one lone voice in Congress, Sanders, accurately trying "call B.S." on it !
 
 
+20 # X Dane 2013-02-08 01:55
mdhome.
You know what is happening. The republicans are intent on destroying the postal system in order to set up something
private, less effective and much more expensive. I believe that most people do not know that the postal system does not get ONE CENT of tax money.
 
 
-54 # jjj 2013-02-07 14:33
There has long been something not right with the Postal Service.
The small business I work for often receives mail from just a hundred miles away 3 weeks after it's postmark date, mangled, or sometimes not at all. The local post office nazi set up one hoop after another to jump through for us to do mass mailings- the rules changed as soon as we conformed to them. (We no longer use it for mass mailings). We have both a PO Box and a Street address. The PO changed our street address by one digit and refuses to deliver mail if the street address on it is the old one- even if it has the correct PO Box# on it.
Would any other business survive giving this kind of service? probably not. Ditching Saturday delivery will not solve their problems- it will just make more problems.
 
 
+80 # Phlippinout 2013-02-07 15:46
Really jjj? I think its one of the best delivery systems door to door for the price, before all the other crap the post office did everything for us. It got my post cards home from camp, my letters and birthday cards from childhood through my fifties. Everyone rags on them but I have had very few complaints for so many years of service. There is nothing wrong with the post office that isnt wrong with city hall, or the electric company or the phone company, cell phones worse, or any other big business. The problem is the leadership! How much are they taking home for failing to do a better job.
 
 
+71 # NAVYVET 2013-02-07 16:12
"Would any other business survive giving this kind of service? probably not. Ditching Saturday delivery will not solve their problems- it will just make more problems."

To JJJ--When I was a business manager we had to get rush contracts, letters and packages out, and hope that our vendors got to us. All the major privateer carriers LOST or gravely delayed our material. It was insured, but the lost time lost us business. THE ONLY RELIABLE CARRIER THAT NEVER LOST OR MISLAID ANYTHING WAS THE U.S. POST OFFICE'S EXPRESS MAIL! And it was half the cost. I ordered our operation to stop using commercial carriers because, with their low pay and lack of benefits, their employees were FAR less skilled and reliable, while the good old postal clerk or mail deliverer who was probably a neighbor knew everyone on the route. Privatization ups the price of any service, lowers the quality and crushes competition. It never fails! I've got another tale to tell about privatized trash collection--and the Mafia connection!
 
 
+10 # jjj 2013-02-07 16:54
Quoting NAVYVET:
"Would any other business survive giving this kind of service? probably not. Ditching Saturday delivery will not solve their problems- it will just make more problems."


To JJJ--When I was a business manager we had to get rush contracts, letters and packages out, and hope that our vendors got to us. All the major privateer carriers LOST or gravely delayed our material. It was insured, but the lost time lost us business. THE ONLY RELIABLE CARRIER THAT NEVER LOST OR MISLAID ANYTHING WAS THE U.S. POST OFFICE'S EXPRESS MAIL! And it was half the cost. I ordered our operation to stop using commercial carriers because, with their low pay and lack of benefits, their employees were FAR less skilled and reliable, while the good old postal clerk or mail deliverer who was probably a neighbor knew everyone on the route. Privatization ups the price of any service, lowers the quality and crushes competition. It never fails! I've got another tale to tell about privatized trash collection--and the Mafia connection!
Hey I'm not making the news here- just reporting our experiences. Sorry if y'all don't like it but- it's true.
 
 
+5 # DoctorDemocracy 2013-02-08 22:54
JJJ, it IS hard to believe. Like NAVYVET, I've done tons of business with the USPS and never had experiences like yours.

Sounds like your local PO is particularly incompetent. This could easily be a result of bad local management and have nothing to do with the overall system.

Find others in your area experiencing this and organize communications about these lost packages and other delivery failures to the Postal Inspector's Office and/or to the Office of the Post Master General. Might not happen in a week or even a month, but I bet you get results.
 
 
+15 # NOMINAE 2013-02-08 01:17
Quoting NAVYVET:
"Would any other business survive giving this kind of service? probably not. Ditching Saturday delivery will not solve their problems- it will just make more problems."


I have enjoyed similar positive experience with USPS.

In addition to rush items like business contracts, etc., I rely upon USPS for delivery of critical meds and for equally critical refrigerated medical supplies.

Imaging the state of said refrigerated supplies if they hit the P.O. on Friday after the regular mail goes out, and we are having a three-day weekend. That means that my medical supplies are sitting and thawing for FOUR DAYS before I get them. They are, by that time RUINED ! They are too expensive to throw out, but there is no other option. Then they must be REORDERED, and the delivery date crapshoot starts all over again.

Good luck using the Privatized Services, they LIKEWISE don't deliver on weekends.

Sad to say, if the corporations WANT the USPS, they will TAKE the USPS, and all the heroic posturing in the world from the Honorable Bernie Sanders will stand to no avail.
 
 
+22 # unocelestial 2013-02-07 19:09
You don't want to conform to the mass mailing rules when you mail at HUGE discounts? Plus, post offices do not change street addresses. It is the city or county. Plus, you complain about misaddressed mail? Get serious!
 
 
-6 # jjj 2013-02-08 08:57
Quoting unocelestial:
You don't want to conform to the mass mailing rules when you mail at HUGE discounts? Plus, post offices do not change street addresses. It is the city or county. Plus, you complain about misaddressed mail? Get serious!


Wow- a bit of a shock to see that RSN readers are as capable of selective understanding as any republican I've ever met! You don't like our experiences with the PO ? Neither did we- perhaps you just don't want to hear about it?
For clarity- We DID conform to every mass mailing rule put before us, but they changed every time we did so. You refer to "misaddressed" mail with the correct PO BOX# on it? Bet I know where you work!
 
 
+9 # robniel 2013-02-08 12:40
Have you ever tried to get FedEx or UPS to honor an insurance claim? They are professionals at ducking claims going so far as to making one return a damaged package to the originating location so that you will not have the evidence for a small claims court action.
 
 
+89 # Barkingcarpet 2013-02-07 14:38
End the endless wars and jail the Legitimate Rapist Bankers. There will then be plenty of money for Education, healthcare, and the infrastructure necessary for a healthy future worth living in.
 
 
+72 # oakjoan 2013-02-07 15:45
Somehow it always turns out that government services which are actually SERVICES and that do a good job are those that must be trimmed, pared down, reconfigured, etc. The goal is to privatize everything so the bozos in charge can give money to their cronies.

I'm completely sure that most folks will be of the opinion that the lack of Saturday delivery is NOT a good thing. The P.O. may have less mail to deliver now that the internet has become a major means of contact for us, but I and a bazillion others still want it around.
 
 
+62 # mcrockford 2013-02-07 14:48
see the debate between the NYC postal union leader and the a central advocate of USPS dismantlement on Democracy Now from last year. it's in their archives. it lays it out - USPS is not under water, its being made to pay for retirement benefits Now for workers who will be retired in 75 yrs. Theyre actually solvent. It's a move to gut the USPS and privatize it, at a much lower average wage.
 
 
+32 # vitobonespur 2013-02-07 15:10
"Neither snow, nor rain, nor heat, nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their...Oh, wait! Unless it's a Saturday."

Are wages going to be cut as well? What about other employee benefits?
 
 
+10 # NOMINAE 2013-02-08 01:24
Quoting vitobonespur:
"Neither snow, nor rain, nor heat, nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their...Oh, wait! Unless it's a Saturday."

Are wages going to be cut as well? What about other employee benefits?


When corporate raiders complete a hostile take over, wages and benefits rarely go UP !

That's exactly what is taking place here, only that the raiders must use the TOOLS that they have bought and paid for in Congress.

And, all of you retired USPS workers out there counting on your pensions to carry you through your remaining days may want to apply for that opening as a greeter down at WorstMart.
 
 
+35 # cmp 2013-02-07 15:24
The vicious assault on American wages continues.. That's what happens when you're basically the largest union that's left in the US.

Taxes are the only thing that will force investment in children of America's future. If those marginal tax penalties are just too high to exploit and take flight..

Johnson, opened Tijuana in 65 after Kennedy lowered FDR's corporate taxes from 91% to 71%. This was the first US model, of Mussolini's creation, with Export Processing Zones and the beginnings of real tax & tariff flight.

After almost 50 years of this absurd exploitation, how's it working out those other than the corporations?
The vast majority of the Tijuana workers still have no running water, no sewage facilities, no electricity.. Unforgivable..

And. just what are those marginal tax rates that are being proposed now for the fiscal cliff solution? How are we going to generate real investments? Or, are we just going to continue to be helpless victims where our Communities suffer from the boots of Trans National Corporations whose only objective is to, "colonize" our Communities dry with no commitment or responsibility towards the future of the Community?
 
 
+34 # David Starr 2013-02-07 15:39
Nowadays, it's generally regardless whether Donahoe is a Democrat or Republican. The former would, at least initially, if at all, oppose this harbinger of parasitical privatization, (if people complain now about postage going up, think of what would happen if pp is implemented. The price will indeed go up, and more expensively, despite "discounts" or "specials.") they will usually back down and buckle under to right-wing pressure ("art of compromise"). If it's the latter, then, all the more chance for pp to go through.

Didn't Benjamin Franklin create the postal service as a public/governme nt entity? From then till now, there's actually been no calamitous disaster threatening USPS, until manufacturing a crisis, as the article points out.
 
 
+41 # MichaelArchAngel 2013-02-07 15:56
This is not pure stupidity. It is the intent to put our Post Office out of business.
 
 
0 # Firefox11 2013-02-17 10:00
This was designed to be a gov service; however, "the era of big gov is over"...
 
 
+23 # reiverpacific 2013-02-07 15:57
Maybe we should make the SCOUTS grant the USPS "personhood" and give it the same lobbying and vote-buying rights as the corporations who are trying to fuck it up like they did with FEMA.
That's about how logical this crap is in the true spirit of "If it works, fix it!
To follow on from "David Starr"s post they main function of congress has been to manufacture crisis after crisis from the alleged "fiscal cliff" or government funding to panic-mongering over Iran.
Nice work if you can get it!
 
 
+1 # reiverpacific 2013-02-08 20:19
Quoting reiverpacific:
Maybe we should make the SCOUTS grant the USPS "personhood" and give it the same lobbying and vote-buying rights as the corporations who are trying to fuck it up like they did with FEMA.
That's about how logical this crap is in the true spirit of "If it works, fix it!
To follow on from "David Starr"s post they main function of congress has been to manufacture crisis after crisis from the alleged "fiscal cliff" or government funding to panic-mongering over Iran.
Nice work if you can get it!

Oh shitsky, I did it again! Please read SCOTUS for SCOUTS, silly bugger me!
 
 
-42 # slimslider 2013-02-07 16:04
Postal employees need Saturdays off to get ready for those long 3-day weekends due to all the federal holidays. This new plan is original, becoming solvent through cutting services to customers. Of course Congress has screwed that agency up and its a shame the Washington cretins cannot be sued for gross incompetence. Still, I'll accept mail delivery from any competent source that will deliver it for the least amount of money. It's called competition in a free Capitalist society.
 
 
+13 # L mac 2013-02-07 18:45
Quoting slimslider:
Postal employees need Saturdays off to get ready for those long 3-day weekends due to all the federal holidays. This new plan is original, becoming solvent through cutting services to customers. Of course Congress has screwed that agency up and its a shame the Washington cretins cannot be sued for gross incompetence. Still, I'll accept mail delivery from any competent source that will deliver it for the least amount of money. It's called competition in a free Capitalist society.

[quote name="slimslide r"]
I say be careful what you wish for
 
 
+20 # Hey There 2013-02-07 20:56
Service for the least amount of money from a competent source is the USPS as it is mandated by law to provide a public service AT COST, not profit as a business would do.
The new plan is not new at all, but is fashioned on the template that was used to make profits for those at the top to the detriment of workers and service to the public.
 
 
+17 # tonenotvolume 2013-02-07 22:11
And when UPS crushes all its rivals in your "free Capitalist society", becomes a monopoly, and raises your rates will you scream for fairness then? Visual - shaking my head at the blindered, one-sided perspective and refusal to consider the consequence of your position.
 
 
0 # Firefox11 2013-02-17 10:09
So, it is the appearance of a free market, actually an unregulated market.
 
 
+4 # flippancy 2013-02-09 16:08
Quoting slimslider:
Postal employees need Saturdays off to get ready for those long 3-day weekends due to all the federal holidays. This new plan is original, becoming solvent through cutting services to customers. Of course Congress has screwed that agency up and its a shame the Washington cretins cannot be sued for gross incompetence. Still, I'll accept mail delivery from any competent source that will deliver it for the least amount of money. It's called competition in a free Capitalist society.


Oh? Try to get UPS or FedEx to deliver to a home 8 miles down a rutted path from the nearest town in upstate Alaska for 47 cents. Or, for that matter, to any isolated place. They don't do it for any price. In fact they ship lots of their stuff to Post Offices for final delivery.
 
 
+27 # Susan1989 2013-02-07 16:12
Just another attempt to feed the corporate sector...and the average citizen will pay dearly.
 
 
+2 # flippancy 2013-02-09 16:12
Quoting Susan1989:
Just another attempt to feed the corporate sector...and the average citizen will pay dearly.


There is one problem for the scum who want to privatize the PO. The constitution specifically mandates it to be there.

Justr as the 14th amendment requires paying our bills, making the act of NOT raising the debt limit unconstitutional.

There's nothing wrong with the US that the death of the Republican party wouldn't cure. At least until the Dems became as corrupt as the Republicans.
 
 
0 # Firefox11 2013-02-17 10:12
And the Dems under Harry Reid did not correct the filibuster rule at the outset of this Congress, and why not.
 
 
+7 # GyraSol 2013-02-07 16:17
OK - so, my bizness is in trouble: lowered revenues due to competition, changing preferences in the marketplace, changing technology, etc. So, what I'm gonna do to fix that is reduce my service in both frequency and quality, make it harder to access my bizness and create an atmosphere of antagonism toward my bizness. Does that sound like a good plan to you? Is that good bizness sense?
I don't think it's going to work out so well for the folks who are using postal services or working for the post office.
Why can't I go to the post office and send a payment to via the Internet? A fee could be charged. Why can't I go to the post office and make some copies to send to someone? ..or buy a full line of wrappings and packagings? ...or drop off hazardous recycling items like mercury containing lights or nicad-batteries ? A truck comes to the post office twice a day which is maybe 10% loaded to capacity!
The USPS must adapt to changing times by expanding the scope and nature of its services to make itself more valuable and functional in our communities.
Why is the Post Office counter closed during lunch hour when folks can get to the Post Office?!?
The impact of the absurd pension funding requirement has been devastation but the archaic mindset of PO administrators has also hamstrung the institution.
 
 
+15 # unocelestial 2013-02-07 19:14
Congress did the 75 year funding in 2006.
 
 
+3 # flippancy 2013-02-09 16:14
Quoting unocelestial:
Congress did the 75 year funding in 2006.


In the lame duck session when the Republicans knew they were losing both houses and wouldn't be able to do it in the new Congress.
 
 
+3 # flippancy 2013-02-09 16:13
Why can't I go to the post office and send a payment to via the Internet? A fee could be charged. Why can't I go to the post office and make some copies to send to someone? ..or buy a full line of wrappings and packagings? ...or drop off hazardous recycling items like mercury containing lights or nicad-batteries ?

Because Congress forbids them to do those things.
 
 
0 # Firefox11 2013-02-17 10:18
In the UK the Post Office has many functions; they cash gov checks. Agree that the P.O. needs to expand its services.
 
 
+29 # Cassandra2012 2013-02-07 16:30
The UPS and FEDEX lobbies must be jumping with glee...
 
 
+24 # JackB 2013-02-07 16:42
Was Congress' decision forcing the P.O. to fund pensions out 75 years an insane decision? Well, it was insane, or criminal or both. My money is on both.

However that is not the problem. This is the problem & the P.O. issue is just a small part of it.

MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE

Let's look at what we have learned from this election:

Twenty-one of 22 incumbent senators were re-elected, and 353 of 373 incumbent members of the House were re-elected.

The American people have re-elected 94 percent of the incumbents who were running for re-election to an institution that has an approval rating of about 9 percent.

This indicates, as an electorate, we are a nation of idiots.

We're now stuck with the useless, dysfunctional government that we deserve.

Incompetence & corruption - hell of a combo.
 
 
+14 # WestWinds 2013-02-07 17:24
Does it occur to anyone that they are systematically shutting the whole country down? I was just informed yesterday that instead of trash/garbage pick-up twice a week, we are now going to once a week. I'm waiting for them to inform us that where our trash/garbage is concerned that we are on our own (but still have to pay the twenty dollar a month fee; I don't see that going to ten dollars on my current bill for the one-day-only service.)
 
 
+4 # X Dane 2013-02-08 01:37
WestWinds
I live in Torrance south of LA in a very nice residential area, Palos Werdes, and Rolling Hills with multimillion dollar homes, all have trash removal only ONCE a week. In the fifty years I have lived here we never had more than once a week, and that works fine.
 
 
+1 # flippancy 2013-02-09 16:16
I was stationed at Fort MacArthur for a while. Close to Palos Verdes in miles but a world away in other ways.
 
 
+20 # uncbros 2013-02-07 17:35
The pen is mightier than the sword. The crooks continue unabated to rob the wealth of the American people. Greed has consumed America and the American people are becoming more and more oppressed. losing their ability to fight these oppressors.Ever y institution whether public or private have been corrupted by the Cancer of Greed. Those institutions constructed to protect the American people are now feeding at the troth of greed. Destroying all that once was good. When the gangster in Philly long ago said Money talks and BS walks they were predicting America's future. Now the Gangsters with pens are running things. We are being governed by the what's in it for me generation.Ask not what you can do for your country ask what your country can do for you. Take the money out of drugs, Cancer, health.Politics care anything that concerns the common good. You will Then see a change for the good. Not until the crooks have nothing to crook no sooner will change come.When Willy Sutton was asked ,why do you rob Banks he replied that's where the money is.If you ask an institution why they are robbing the American people they will reply because we can.
 
 
+33 # genierae 2013-02-07 17:48
Now that Republicans have managed to cut the USPS down to five days, the assault on wages and benefits will begin. Through my entire life I have NEVER lost a letter or package, there's NO private delivery company that can come close to the efficiency and low cost of the USPS. This is a deliberate effort to gut the Post Office and break its union. 500,000 workers across this nation, good-paying jobs that support tens of thousands of families, must not be allowed to disappear. Call your representatives in D.C. and demand action or we will be faced with paying much higher costs for our mail.

By the way, UPS is union, but Fedex is not.
 
 
+12 # geraldom 2013-02-07 18:06
I have heard Senator Bernie Sanders condemn repeatedly the Bill that had been passed under George W. Bush which required the USPS to establish a multibillion dollar fund to cover (and I'm not totally certain about this) healthcare costs for post office employees for the next several or more decades which could be said to be the (final) straw that broke the Camel's back so-to-speak when it came to the USPS.

It seems that the Republicans are more than willing to declare a filibuster at the drop of a hat against most any Bill that Obama and the Democrats want to have passed that will actually do some good for the common man in this country or when Obama has nominated some truly decent person for either a cabinet post (which doesn't seem to happen too often) or for a position on the federal bench, but I have to ask Senator Bernie Sanders why he, an independent, and most of the Senate Democrats, did not threaten a filibuster when this and so many other odious Bills came up for a floor vote in the Senate?

You can't complain when you allowed a Bill to pass that is literally forcing the USPS to make ugly decisions in order to make budget.
 
 
+11 # ajax 2013-02-07 18:44
"Neither rain, nor snow, nor sleet, nor hail, shall keep postmen from their appointed rounds....EXCEP T THAT IS POSTMASTER GENERAL DONAHUE WHO WOULD ELIMINATE SATURDAY DELIVERY FROM THEIR ROUNDS!
 
 
-10 # Aggie61 2013-02-07 18:48
More proof that government and quas-government organs are run by inexperienced people who were never successful enrepreneurs. They are subject to intense corruption and supported by the stupid, the bigoted, and the uneducated . Other than that, all is just fine.
 
 
0 # flippancy 2013-02-09 16:18
Quoting Aggie61:
More proof that government and quas-government organs are run by inexperienced people who were never successful enrepreneurs. They are subject to intense corruption and supported by the stupid, the bigoted, and the uneducated . Other than that, all is just fine.


You must be referring to the Republicans who created this problem.
 
 
+21 # futhark 2013-02-07 19:12
I would gladly pay 50 cents for a first-class stamp if it meant keeping Saturday mail delivery. I'm a retired person living alone in a rural area and the mail delivery is one of the high points of my day, even if it is just bills, bills, bills...
 
 
+21 # Above God 2013-02-07 20:36
The forced funding of retirement for US Postal employees not even born yet is set up for corporate take over. The next corporate take over will be the public school system to private & not public schools. Corporate greed is ending the American dream.
 
 
+10 # grouchy 2013-02-07 23:40
Seems like someone has a plan to destroy this public service and thus force us to turn it over to a biggie corporation to run--with them adding on a sweet profit margin for their own benefit. Now just who would want to do that?
 
 
+13 # artmensor 2013-02-08 01:55
Anyone who believes this has anything to do with the Post Office acting crazy is a Fixed News uninformed citizen.

It its attempt to privatize everything in this country, the Republican Congress has put restrictions on the Post Office that absolutely no company, well maybe the banks or the oil companies excluded, could possibly manage. So, to save money and comply, our Post Office is forced to shut down for one day a week.

It's going to be like your ice cream cartons and everything else you buy in the supermarkets these days....."NEW PACKAGING"----- with less in the package, and next year it will be less.....but the price remains the same.

Here, though, the Post Office has had to increase the price of stamps AND cut Saturday delivery just to stay in business.

Oh, Americans...... YOU are NOT going to be the next CEO of one of these giant corporations the Republicans are trying to create....from privatizing prisons, to schools.

Do a little work and check it out for yourself....or watch something else other than Fixed News.
 
 
+11 # crispy 2013-02-08 06:54
The financial "problems" USPS blames for stopping NEEDED sat deliveries is MADE UP.
Of course the 75 year-funding requirement is ridiculous but raising the price of the basic stamp would be realistic: For distances much much smaller the current rate in France for a 20g letter just went up 2 pennies at 0.58 euro which means $0.78!!
So for 2/3 oz and 3times the distance travelled or more a letter in the US could easily be $1.00
DO NOT EXPECT USPS to survive at the current rates!
However, international mail rates have quickly doubled (letters) and small package rates trough Global priority is now so high that no small business can sell overseas via USPS!
I used to pay $10.90 (2007 or so)for a flat global mail envelope going to Europe I think it's over $20 Now; and no oil prices do not justify this.
It is pure politics as fewer customers are using international and the outrage did not raise much hell for USPS as raising basic stamp rates to say 70 cents a VERY low rate compared to all European countries.
PS: a 1 ounce letter there is at 0.97 euro or $1.32!! (up to 1.66oz).
THINK ABOUT IT!!
 
 
+6 # randi1randi1@yahoo.com 2013-02-08 08:50
On November 10, 1958,[12] Winston donated the diamond to the Smithsonian Institution, where it became Specimen #217868,[48] sending it through U.S. Mail in a box wrapped in brown paper,[2] insured via registered mail at a cost of $145.29.[2][49]
 
 
+13 # kalpal 2013-02-08 09:03
The right wing in America in conjunction with the USPS's competitors will destroy the post office because it has unions and because Congress will do its utmost to eradicate any and all unions. American labor must never again be allowed to bargain collectively in any sector that provides a living wage rather than a subsistence wage.

As soon as the USPS is destroyed the GOP will pursue all other unions in the federal and state governments.
 
 
+5 # chizables 2013-02-08 20:00
The Repugs are out to get the USPS because they are unionized - same reason they are out to get teachers. Plain and simple.
 
 
+3 # DoctorDemocracy 2013-02-08 23:01
USPS is not unionized as it once was. Union participation is way down as a percentage of USPS workforce. Part-time and contract workers are way up.

Moneyed interests in their greed have lost sight of the fact that people without good jobs don't buy much and don't end up being particularly good workers.
 
 
+3 # flippancy 2013-02-09 16:21
There has never been a succesful privatization of a public function from the point of view of the public. Privatization always leads to higher costs for less service and allows the worst people in the country to steal everything in sight.
 
 
+3 # Activista 2013-02-10 15:32
"cuts" will save USPS $2 billion annually ....
The cost of the Afghan War ... $2.03 Billion per WEEK .. lot of cost, negative benefits ..
Postal service touches positively millions of rural Americans ... benefit is multidimensiona l ... even my dogs recognize the mail truck and have the specific - happy bark greeting ..
Mail delivery person is such an icon .. This country is VERY sick (money sick ..)
 
 
0 # Firefox11 2013-02-17 10:39
The USPS provides a service for citizens living in the US; the Afghan War provides nothing for US citizens and wreaks destruction on Afghan civilians. How about taking that 2B and putting it to work here in US rebuilding infrastructure.
 

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