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Excerpt: "In 2006, in what looks like an attempt to bust the Postal Workers' Union, George Bush signed into law the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act of 2006. ... Not surprisingly, the USPS is now basically broke."

Matt Taibbi at Skylight Studio in New York, 10/27/10. (photo: Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
Matt Taibbi at Skylight Studio in New York, 10/27/10. (photo: Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)

Don't Let Business Lobbyists Kill the Post Office

By Matt Taibbi, Rolling Stone

24 April 12


Postal officials say they must close about 3,700 underused post offices (there are 32,000 nationally) while offering alternative services through local businesses. They also want to consolidate hundreds of regional processing centers and eliminate Saturday mail deliveries.

n aide to Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont was warning me about this last week. There are organic reasons for all of this: The U.S. Postal Service is staring down the same barrel trained at our magazine and newspaper businesses, i.e. its revenue model is being wiped out by the internet.

But politics also plays a huge part in this. In 2006, in what looks like an attempt to bust the Postal Workers' Union, George Bush signed into law the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act of 2006. This law required the Postal Service to pre-fund 100 percent of its entire future obligations for 75 years of health benefits to its employees - and not only do it, but do it within ten years. No other organization, public or private, has to pre-fund 100 percent of its future health benefits.

"No one prefunds at more than 30 percent," Anthony Vegliante, the U.S. Postal Service's executive vice president, told reporters last year.

The new law forced the postal service to come up with about $5.5 billion a year for the ten years following the bill's passage. In 2006, before those payments kicked in, the USPS generated a small profit. Not surprisingly, the USPS is now basically broke.

The 2006 law also bars the Postal Service from offering "nonpostal services," which means the USPS can't, say, open up a bank, or an internet cafe, or come up with any new entrepreneurial ideas to generate new income, as postal services do in other countries.

The transparent purpose of this law, which was pushed heavily by industry lobbyists, was to break a public sector union and privatize the mail industry. Before the 2006 act, the postal service did one thing, did it well, and, minus the need to generate profits and bonuses for executives, did it cheaply. It paid for itself and was not a burden to taxpayers.

Post offices also have a huge non-financial impact: In a lot of small towns, the post office is the town, and shutting them down will basically remove the only casual meeting place for people in mountain areas and remote farming villages and so on. Of course, there's always one Wal-Mart for every dozen or so post offices, so people I guess can drive the extra twenty miles and meet there ...

This is a classic example of private-sector lobbyists using the government to protect its profits and keep prices inflated. Sen. Sanders is pushing a bill that would delay the end of Saturday delivery for two years, and prevent a number of post-office closings, but the writing is on the wall, unless there's a public outcry. So definitely write your congressman and ask him to roll back Bush's idiotic law, and at least give the Post Office a chance to sink or swim on its own. your social media marketing partner


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+145 # DPM 2012-04-24 09:13
Like many businesses, I ship my products, to consumers, via the U.S. postal service. It is fast, efficient and inexpensive. It delivers for the same price on Saturdays as it does the rest of the week. It delivers to p.o. boxes. In twelve years I have only had two problems with delivery.
Should the postal service be eliminated or totally privatized, see what your delivery costs do. And, if you live in a rural area, you will really be in for "sticker shock".
We must stand together, get rid of onerous laws and return our postal service to future viability.
+40 # Texas Aggie 2012-04-24 15:06
Anyone who ships anything by FedEx pays through the nose. What will happen if they have no competition?

DPM is not exaggerating at all when he says that absent the USPS there will be serious sticker shock. It costs $40 to send an overnight shipment from South Texas to Washington, D.C. by FedEx. The same thing can happen with the USPS for a fraction of that.

The only reason I even think of using an inept outfit like FedEx is that the people I send to require it and are paying for it. And FedEx won't even deliver to your house! You have to go to their station if you want to get your package.
+44 # jlohman 2012-04-24 09:25
Indeed we should cut USPS staff and offices if we are to save this vital service and jobs. But politicians receiving campaign bribes from UPS and FedEx would sooner see it die. Isn't political corruption great?
-59 # MainStreetMentor 2012-04-24 09:47
Perhaps. But ... one thing must certainly be eliminated or greatly and drastically curtailed: Bonus payments for executives. Billions go to bonuses - just like on Wall Street - and these bonuses come straight from citizens' purchasing of stamps.
+76 # genierae 2012-04-24 10:34
MSM: Where do you get your information about these huge bonuses paid by the US Postal Service, I'd like to read up on it.
+57 # FLAK88 2012-04-24 10:47
Yeah, me too !
+90 # FLAK88 2012-04-24 10:54
I've been using USPS for over 40 years, as well as postal service in UK, Germany and France. Hands down, ours is the best in the world. This 'crisis' is just one more example of how American conservatism has developed into fascism. These people want to destroy every positive aspect of this nation. (Look how they're also going after SSA/ Medicare, labor, health care, etc.)
+34 # cokacoa2 2012-04-24 15:43
I agree! But why do you think anyone would even believe postal "executives" get big bonuses like Wall Street and other CEO? It must have something to do with how Americans are educated. I can't imagine how such misinformation gets into the heads of so many! By the way, I agree that our postal service is the best in the world.
+16 # genierae 2012-04-25 07:21
I think that MainStreetMento r might just be a Republican plant, there are a lot of them on this website who pretend to be progressives while chipping away at everything we hold dear. They are diabolical in their deceit and they will do anything to gain power. If I'm wrong MSM, I apologize, but you need to wake up and educate yourself about what is really going on.
-1 # Hey There 2012-07-18 23:54
Copy and paste this link in Google Search Window
0 # MainStreetMentor 2015-08-05 05:04
I worked there. I SAW it.
+51 # jbell94521 2012-04-24 11:20
If you are going to post a statement such as this you should be prepared to back it up with facts. Please tell me where you got your information and what the numbers are. Otherwise you are just full of hot air.
+30 # PhillWill 2012-04-24 11:26
Millions, not billions were divided among over 60,000 postal employees yearly and they completely ended in 2011.
+38 # pbbrodie 2012-04-24 12:08
You obviously did not read the article. It plainly says the Post Office does not pay bonuses to executives. Here is the quote from the article, "...minus the need to generate profits and bonuses for executives."
So, where are you getting your information that contradicts this information?
Frankly, I think you just assumed it.
-14 # MainStreetMentor 2012-04-24 13:46
Start here ... (make sure you read all the footnotes: ) ... then, beginning with calendar year 1999, check each compensation package for each successive year up to 2008. Then, if you take the time check all the bonuses and salary compensation begining in 1970 through 1999.
+7 # PhillWill 2012-04-25 12:31
Quoting MainStreetMentor:
Start here ... (make sure you read all the footnotes: ) ... then, beginning with calendar year 1999, check each compensation package for each successive year up to 2008. Then, if you take the time check all the bonuses and salary compensation begining in 1970 through 1999.

This is just more smoke and mirrors. Just google "post office executive bonuses" to get to the truth. MSM, your listening to too much Rush Linbaugh!!
+2 # mgorfain 2012-04-27 19:23
While I absolutely CONDEMN efforts to destroy the USPS and it's union, it appears that MSM may be correct about the bonuses, at least up until 2011 when they were temporarily halted. It wasn't just the source he cited, but also several others resulting from a Google search for "post office executive bonuses". Here's what you'll find on

"The U.S. Postal Service suspended bonuses and other incentives for its top managers and executives in summer 2011. The Postal Service said it took the action as a result of its "dire financial situation," the loss of $8.5 billion in fiscal year 2010 and expected deficit of $8 billion more in 2011.

"We must continue to identify opportunities to reduce spending where possible, and eliminate costs which are not deemed essential for the continuation of our operations," Anthony J. Vegliante, the Postal Service's chief human resources officer, said in a memo distributed in summer 2011. Vegliante earned a salary of $240,000 in 2011."

See also: Highest Paying Postal Jobs

The suspension of bonuses and other incentives for top Postal Service managers and executives was described as a "temporary policy change" that was to remain in place "until further notice," the Postal Service said. It did not effect Postal Service clerks, mail handlers and union workers.
+1 # Hey There 2012-07-18 22:36

This link gives at the very end postal salaries of upper management.I worked for the post office and while I was aware of bonuses I wasn't aware of how much postal management's salaries were until I wandered into this video.
+7 # Floridatexan 2012-04-24 14:20
Can you produce anything to support your statement? Or is it just conjecture? Thought so.
+24 # Texas Aggie 2012-04-24 15:11
MainStreetMento r is what happens when someone's personal dogma takes over their whole brain. Research has shown that the right wing believes anything you tell them if it is in accord with their prejudices. It's why they only watch Fox. Witness the strong belief among right wingers that Hussein was involved in 9/11 and that he had connections with al Qaeda.
+16 # smyers1945 2012-04-24 15:32
I'm waiting for you to name your source for this statement. I think that it can be rated, pants on fire. The republicans have been trying to undermind and get rid of the USPS for at least 30 years. I'd rather pay more for postage than lose it.
+16 # cokacoa2 2012-04-24 15:40
Postal executives do not get big bonuses. They are on the govenment fixed pay scale and have nothing to do with the price of stamps.
+4 # KittatinyHawk 2012-04-24 22:07
??????????????? ??????
+1 # Hey There 2012-07-19 00:02
You're absolutely right. I put Bonuses paid to USPS in the Google Search window and came up with a slew of sites about bonuses paid to upper anagement
+50 # jbell94521 2012-04-24 11:18
No need to cut postal staffs or close offices.

Instead, since most of us hate the big private banks, with good reason, why not create public non-profit banks, at either the state or county level and let them operate mini-branches out of the existing post offices? That would provie more than enough revenue to balance the U.S. Postal Service budget.

There might even be enough money left over to gift those damn lobbyists with a free, one-way ticket to Mars. Perhaps that is not far enough away, but it would be a good start.
+8 # Cassandra2012 2012-04-25 11:06
I always ask for companies I patronize to send me their merchandise via the Post Office, NOT UPS (which is customer-unfrie ndly unless you are a business.) They assume in my area that someone (usually a woman!) will be home in the middle of the day to accommodate their schedule. The Post Office (for all its faults) delivers on Saturday, can get into a closed foyer with their keys and mostly responds to customers' requests for a better cost-benefit ratio than UPS or FEDEX.
Clearly, UPS and FedEx have been
bribing/lobbyin g/pressuring etc. congressmen and Senators in order to take away business from the Post Office.
+75 # Scott479 2012-04-24 09:36
More theft of our public infrastructure. This is indicative of systemic white collar criminality throughout American business run by men and women guided by their mantra that "more than enough is a good place to start". This will not end well as their greed, and regulators studious ignorance, guarantees the NDAA will be invoked one day to protect the very perpetrators of our financial undoing. It is why the NDAA was passed with bipartisan support.

One of the richest Americans, Warren Buffett, replies to that notion: “There’s class warfare, but it’s my class, the rich class, that’s making war, and we’re winning.”
+47 # dfvboulder 2012-04-24 09:40
Ever since this story broke a while back, this question has been nagging me: How did the Dems allow this? It's so transparent, and the consequences of the law are so obvious, how did it ever get enough votes to pass in the first place?
+65 # pegasus4508 2012-04-24 10:49
This law was passed by the REPUBLICAN lame duck congress in 2006. The DEMS were not yet in office. So the real question is what can be done about it? Senator Bernie Saunders has several viable suggestions and should be supported.
-31 # opieee 2012-04-24 10:09
Since it is the most important point, I shouldn't have to wait until the end of the article to find out what to do about the problem.

Unless you do X. Y is going to happen for these reasons and then why, ought to be the format- not bassakwards.

Thanks for the info Matt, but you should have been asked to do it over before it was published.
+21 # jbell94521 2012-04-24 11:23
No need to cut postal staffs or close offices.

Instead, since most of us hate the big private banks, with good reason, why not create public non-profit banks, at either the state or county level and let them operate mini-branches out of the existing post offices? That would provie more than enough revenue to balance the U.S. Postal Service budget.

There might even be enough money left over to gift those damn lobbyists with a free, one-way ticket to Mars. Perhaps that is not far enough away, but it would be a good start.
+1 # Hey There 2012-07-18 23:28
Good idea. In the past the Post Office had something like what you suggest.Mars isn't a bad idea either and may be just as attainable as having postal customers once again be able to use the postal savings system.
The United States Postal Savings System was established in 1911 but was discontinued on March 28, 1966. Google
postal savings system for websites with more details.
+11 # noitall 2012-04-24 11:25
So you'd want to "know what to do" rather than know what the problem is and then use your critical thought to determine your path? Its no wonder democracy is in the trouble it's in.
+19 # tbcrawford 2012-04-24 17:15
So far no one has cited the reason the Post Office is financially stressed! It's the insane 75-year assessment on future health care benefits for workers...Just another reason to support "Obama Care" but for God's sake people...READ!
+2 # Hey There 2012-07-18 23:13
Issa's solutions promoted as saving the Post Office, if enacted, would do the exact opposite.
If Issa wants to save the USPS he should look at what expenses can be deleted without disrupting the service.
#1. In 2006 the PAEA ,signed by Bush, mandated that the USPS fund 75 years of retiree health benefits in 10.This needs to be rescinded.
#2. Overpayments the USPS made to the Civil Service Retirement Service should be returned.
#3. Overpayments the USPS made to FERS need to be retrieved.
#4. Charge more for delivering UPS parcels that UPS has the Post Office deliver to places they don’t.
#5. Adjust the ratio of managers to workers .
But Issa, in HR2309 hasn’t proposed that any of these things .
Issa’s solution is to cut the workforce by at least 100,000, to weaken the unions so that Postal Workers’ wages and benefits would depend on a separate board when a contract wasn’t agreed upon by the USPS and a union.
This is a case where Issa’s cure would cause the death of the USPS as a public service and have it revived as a business with lower paid workers, higher rates and less service.
To view videos copy and past in Google Search Window.
+17 # pbbrodie 2012-04-24 12:14
This is absolutely silly. The article is well written and makes perfect sense. Your suggestion is nothing but your opinion and what exactly are you credentials that make this opinion worthwhile?
+3 # smyers1945 2012-04-24 15:35
+52 # genierae 2012-04-24 10:42
The corporate Republicans are determined to get rid of the Post Office because they want to get rid of its huge union, and they want to hand the mail business over to their benefactors. If this time-honored institution that is in our constitution, is allowed to be destroyed without any large protest, what does that say about the American people? The majority of Americans seem to be entrenched in apathy and nothing less than dynamite will ever dislodge them.
+33 # pres 2012-04-24 10:48
I can just see what it will be like when the USPS is privatized.
Republicans get next day service.
Democrats get next week service
Liberals get next month, if any, delivery. :-)
+16 # Charles3000 2012-04-24 10:50
Post Offices should provide banking services as they did in WWII...and FDIC should be ended, letting people who want to risk banks do it and suffer if they fail.
+5 # tbcrawford 2012-04-24 17:17
Don't get your animosity toward the FDIC...Are you thinking of something else or are you just against small local banks?
+31 # amye 2012-04-24 12:00
Senator Bernie, roll back the destructive law crushing our USPS! The most trusted of all our mail services!! History shows this country may not have made it so big if it wasn't for our USPS!!! Seriously! Mail is a critical public service! I don't want a private company to deliver my private mail! Do you??
+30 # BradFromSalem 2012-04-24 12:17
The Righties want to transfer the Constitutionall y required Postal Service into the private sector, but then call it unconstitutiona l to mandate private sector Health Insurance?

Has anyone really considered why the founders wanted to guarantee a postal service's existence by mandating it in the US Constitution? I would like to see the US Postal Service become a more central part of the government's structure. Its budget should be independent of revenue and the department take on responsibility for any broad based mass communications. At the time the Constitution was written the mail was the only mass media available. Could the intent of naming the USPS in the Constitution was to assure that mass media would be available to everyone? By outsourcing this critical function we diminish our democracy. Closing down local post offices puts millions of rural and poor Americans at a greater of being under the control of the Corporations that by their networked connected nature cannot be impartial when deciding delivery routes, times, and office locations.
+8 # genierae 2012-04-25 07:38
The US Postal Service is independent of revenue from taxes, it fully funds its own operation, and if it weren't encumbered by the Republican-pass ed legislation that requires it to put away the pension benefits for the next 75 years, it would make a small profit.
+13 # paddyrican 2012-04-24 12:19
Matt: When are you going to do a full blown expos'e on the GAO report of July,2011 on the Federal Reserve's distributon of $16 TRILLON to U.S.&foreign financial institutions during the period between 2007 & 2010?
+45 # Trueblue Democrat 2012-04-24 12:26
Jim Hightower, as usual, had a very sane comment on the subject of USPS profitability in his report recently:

"UNPROFITABLE. So what? When has the Pentagon ever made a profit? Never, nor does anyone suggest it should. Neither has the FBI, Centers for Disease Control, FDA, State Department, FEMA, Park Service, etc. Producing a profit is not the purpose of government-- its purpose is service."
+20 # Glen 2012-04-24 14:13
In truth, Trueblue, the post office has made a profit - $6 billion to be exact - that the government then took as payment for whatever excuse they offered. It was an overpayment that has not been returned regardless of what the postal service has asked. They also insisted that the postal service pay retirement for present and whatever possible future employees for 10 years. 10 years! On employees that had not even been hired yet. That's the scam the government dumps on these services and then turns on them declaring they they are dysfunctional.

I only know this because an old friend is a postmaster. I printed out and gave that office the Jim Hightower article. The employees were grateful to read something that supports their efforts. There is way too much propaganda out there, as you know. Your comments are pertinent and I plan to quote you when speaking with my old friend.
+34 # Regina 2012-04-24 12:32
The Republican powermen are out to sabotage the entire country, and reduce it to a banana republic. Postal service is a major provision for all nations -- the connivance of these privateers is foul beyond tolerability. It's time to take our country back, before they pounce on some other national provision to "drown in a bathtub."
-15 # head out the window 2012-04-24 12:33
dont worry the post office will be at wal mart.
+2 # KittatinyHawk 2012-04-24 22:13
Why thumbs down probably true
0 # Granny Weatherwax 2012-04-27 06:25
My thumb up to Head out the window is for the dark humor.
He might even be technically correct, and this is the reason we should worry.
+2 # mgorfain 2012-04-27 19:39
Excellent point! BTW.... how come no one (here, in the USPS or congress) has mentioned just increasing the rates?????? I mean a REAL increase not the 1 cent for first class letters, effective this past January. There appears to be a gross disparity between the USPS rates and their competition .... not to mention that UPS and Fedex depend on the USPS to provide final delivery to remote areas. This disparity would seem to leave a lot of room for an increase in postal rates .... a significant enough increase to resolve their problems (including the artificial problems imposed by congress!) and still provide a service a far less cost that the competition. What the hell is going on in this country???
Have we lost all sense of logic in the face of unmitigated greed?
+1 # Glen 2012-04-25 07:47
You're right head out the window. Wal-Mart is gathering steam and collecting businesses, including physician services. Why not the postal service. Wal-Mart is the new company store.
+34 # bigfoot 2012-04-24 12:54
This classless act harkens back to the 1980's, when the corporate raiders used the over-stuffed pension accounts of many companies to purchase these companies with virtually "none of their own money",using the pension funds for the purchase. The exact same tactic is clearly being used against the USPS. A Raider, or group, will seize control using the billions in the pension fund, oust the union, buy off the pensions for pennies on the dollar, eliminate/great ly reduce the benefit packages, reduce services/hike the prices, then sell off the vast real estate holdings. Waiting to see a negative reply.
+19 # Texas Aggie 2012-04-24 15:17
What you just described is how Rmoney made his money. If Rmoney gets elected, as is quite likely if the "Sugar Daddies" have their way (Thanks, Supreme Court), there is no doubt whatsoever that whay you just described will happen.
+2 # Regina 2012-04-26 11:09
This sounds just like Mitt Romney at Bain. Just add "outshore the money windfall to the Caymans" to this description.
+24 # fbacher 2012-04-24 13:03
Can you imagine the burden that this fat and juicy retirement fund would be once the post office were privatized? What on earth would Fed-Ex, for example, do with these billions of idle cash?

No, I'm sure the Republicans didn't consider this when voting on it.
+11 # Regina 2012-04-24 17:42
Au contraire -- like Mitt and his "consolidations " with Bain, they're salivating over the grab.
-29 # robjh1 2012-04-24 13:51
The post office needs to reinvent itself. One big problem that I see with the USPS is the lack of workers per customers. You can't have a line of 30 customers and two workers (and the line is moving slow). Attitude is a real big problem, also. You might not like your job but your on taxpayer money. Give me a smile and no attitude.

Finally, as for the comment of the post office being the only meeting place in town, why not have the post office take up lodge at the local Wal-Mart?
+8 # genierae 2012-04-25 07:48
robjh1: The reason that there are a lack of workers is because they are being forced to cut back on employees because of the Republican-indu ced crunch they are enduring. As for attitude, I have dealt with several different Post Offices in the past decade, and I have found every postal worker to be courteous and even friendly. You say they don't smile and I wonder if you would smile if your job was on the line and you could be laid off at any time. It's easy to smile when you are wealthy, but harder when your family's support is at risk. Give them a break. Why not offer them some words of support in this trying time?
+15 # rhgreen 2012-04-24 14:17
Here is one public outcry. I hadn't realized that "W" and the right wing prohibited the USPS from starting "non-postal" services, which is common for postal services to do in other countries. Even Canada with its current right-wing government allows Canada Post to compensate for the decline in ordinary mail business by offering other services. Of course the US right wing doesn't believe in comparisons to other countries which are all "socialist". You're right - all taken together the goal is to kill the USPS and down-size and privatize its services. I live in a small Alaska town (Hope AK 99605) which needs Saturday delivery because it takes an extra day for the mail to get there (or for the mail to get from there). Without Saturday service we would in effect have a day less mail service, for both incoming and outgoing mail, than other towns. I also relate strongly to the importance of post offices to towns, especially small isolated towns, and not just in Alaska. Let's stop this "classic example of private-sector lobbyists using the government to protect its profits and keep prices inflated". Senator Sanders' bill sounds appropriate for the short term. I am going to send a copy of this comment to my US Senators: Begich (Dem) and Murkowski (Rep).
+1 # Regina 2012-04-26 11:14
We once had "Postal Savings" -- but that was back in the earlier Great Depression. This destruction derby started early -- Grover Norquist and his campaign are not a new development.
+21 # lcarrier 2012-04-24 14:27
Taibbi shows that privatization works: to break unions, restrict service, and put money in the hands of those who take vacations to France, drink Kettel One, and can afford eye candy on their arms. Reagan started it by breaking the Air Traffic Controllers Union, a professional service that gave value for cost. Now the greedy swine are after the Postal Service union.

Nowadays all we get are the crumbs that spill from the tables of the very rich--those who profit from the misfortunes of others and laugh all the way to the bank

The only way open to us at present is to turn out the vote as we turn out the scum who do the bidding of the corporatists. Turn out Scott Walker; turn out Rick Perry, and Rick Scott; turn out Christy and Kasich. When the 99% awaken to the colossal scam that they have been subjected to, the 1% had better hide under their beds. They'd better get out of the country before they're found by those carrying torches and pitchforks.
0 # Hot Doggie 2012-04-24 14:28
Let's get rid of the USPS and bring back the USPO: that is the real United States Post Office. The USPS is tied too closely with the banking system. The real P.O. is an independent unit. We don't want the USPS to open up a bank.
+2 # Hot Doggie 2012-04-24 14:34
Jbelle said, "...why not create public non-profit banks, at either the state or county level and let them operate mini-branches.. ." This is an excellant idea but leave out any association with the P.O.'s.
+14 # panhead49 2012-04-24 16:35
We live in the boonies and there is no home delivery. I love my post office! And part of their financial problem, aside from the front loading of pensions, is our local P.O. is where UPS and Fedex drop the packages off at. They collect the fee for delivery then pass the package off to the Post Office even though there is a physical address along with the POBox #.
+7 # genierae 2012-04-25 07:56
If you love your Post Office, please do all that you can to educate your friends, neighbors and family members, and persuade them to get involved in saving it. If we don't organize against its privatization, we will lost it.

Just a note: Fedex is non-union while UPS is unionized.
+13 # John Potash 2012-04-24 17:41
Killing the post office, as puppet politicians are doing according to this article, will kill independent media that needs to get books, dvds, cds and magazine to you at a decent price. This is likely part of the business community's intent. It's often not just about short term profits, but about long term social control. For several chapters on how the wealthiest have come to control our information, search for the book/film, The FBI War on Tupac Shakur and Black Leaders.
+20 # William LeGro 2012-04-24 18:03
Matt, you have to expand this story. The history of the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act of 2006 has the dirty fingerprints of ALEC and the Koch Brothers all over it, working through such groups as the Cato Institute (Koch Bros. all the way) and corporations like UPS and FedEx, both members of ALEC. AT&T and Verizon are also members who would benefit from the demise of the postal service.

Another question: the Postal Service is in the Constitution? Wouldn't an amendment be needed to privatize it?
+10 # grindermonkey 2012-04-24 19:55
Absent Postal Service absent addresses. Where will the IRS send your refund check? How will you send your legal documents, claims and your income tax forms? We will all disappear into the digital ether.
+15 # mdhome 2012-04-24 21:20
Paying for retirement on yet to be hired employees 75 years into the future and doing it in 10 years is the most insane thing dreamed up by the republicans, well, maybe not but damn close. Easy to see the republicans want to run the country into the ground, if that is what they want, maybe they should move to Somalia.
+5 # KittatinyHawk 2012-04-24 22:19
Big Brother wants to read your mail, make sure your money gets lost, ha ha.

They can decide under one of their felonious laws to not allow you to have mail. IRS will be direct me ways good but then again Big Brother is in your business. I believe one should set up separate account for such transactions and go to Credit Unions or out of Country. Canada gives a crap about their people...USA doesn't
Republicans want no min wage. Want us working for slime and monsanto poison. GOP been destroying Unions since ReaGun, and you are the ones that must change it
+12 # Byronator 2012-04-24 22:48
Ah yes, neo-conservativ e Republicans ... so good at throwing out the babies with the bathwater. Too bad their mothers didn't.
+2 # cdmsr 2012-04-24 23:44
All of you wanting to scramble MainStreetMento r's eggs: cut-and-paste the link in his second post. I did and, hate to tell you, he's is trlling the truth: hundreds of thousands of $$ in executive bonuses.

You can argue the fairness or whether such payments are or are not deserved, but it's there, in black and white on a Postal Service UNION site.
+7 # dawnbringer205 2012-04-25 09:25
So, under private ownership, will it cost $5, 7, or 10 per first class letter the first year, then $12 the following year, after which these corporadoes will whine to their buddies in Congress for more subsidies, because "we can't make a profit"?
+3 # lilpat126 2012-04-26 14:38
For years I have argued that the post office is the best deal in this country. How else can you get a letter from point A to point B for 45 cents. It is ingrained in our culture. Every generation has saved stamps. Taught their children history with the pictures on them. What we really need to do is write more letters. If everyone sent one card or letter each week to another person that they do not see regularly, or to a complete stranger that they read about or saw on Tv we would be better off, both socially, and mentally. Remember getting mail that was not a bill? Or tried to sell you something? It put you in a good, positive frame of mind. And most likely you treated others like you had just been treated. It like a smile from a stranger when they walk by. No reason just being friendly. Maybe it would help a teeney tiney bit.
+4 # jcadams 2012-04-27 13:04
There is dirty little secret here. It's all about money. The USPS Priority Mail service delivers documents and high-value small packages as efficiently and reliably as do FedEx and UPS --- for a lot less money. (That is, USPS Priority Mail competes with UPS and FedEx “second day air” and provides equivalent service for about half the cost.) I think if you dig carefully into this you'll find it's just another standard GOP gambit. Our wonderful GOP Senators and Congressmen have been lavishly supported by the competition to USPS. And they have drunk that campaign contribution Kool Aid and believe that trashing the good old Post Office will be good for America! It won’t. But they don’t care.
+2 # infohiway 2012-04-27 15:33
If the nation does not have a universal Post Office it is not internationally recognisable as a nation.

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