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  •  We should not support this... (0+ / 0-)

    ...because we don't need mail delivered six days a week.

    We are falling for a fallacy: Just because good policy creates jobs doesn't mean that any policy that creates jobs is good.

    I don't need to have dead trees on my doorstep each Saturday. It can wait until Monday, with no problem.

    Instead, we should update the mission of the Post Office to include new technology, specifically the Internet.

    I believe that it is clearly within responsibilities imposed by the Constitution to require that the Federal Government provide (at the very least) email to all citizens. Every Post Office should have a few public computers, printers, scanners, and a wi-fi hotspot.

    We will build the hardware in the USA, and we will have Americans write the software. The employees who maintain the machines and the (inevitable) help desk workers should be Postal Union members.

    We should not let our desire to preserve jobs make us into advocates of old, wasteful, slow technology. I'm all for jobs, but can't the be jobs that aren't so hard on the trees?

    •  Then again (2+ / 0-)
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      the Awful Postal Accountability/Enhancement Act (HR 6407) was the brainchild of the creepy American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and passed via voice vote (no recorded votes).  As we all now know the push to get the USPS to “prefund” their Retiree Health Benefits Fund has caused them to lose money and raise rates yearly since  2006. Anyhoo, it's interesting (in a depressing way) that two of ALEC's corporate board members are FedEx and UPS, both of whom would love to see the USPS fail so they can swoop in and privatize for tremendous financial gain to themselves.

      I don't care if they pull the plug on Saturday delivery at the USPS.  I wish they'd stop giving bulk mail discounts to junk mail companies.  But I do care if the USPS goes away entirely.

      Frankly UPS and FedEx suck and they cost WAY more.

      •  Accoring to the latest copy of Jim Hightowers (1+ / 0-)
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        Pariah Dog

        The Lowdown and from www.opensecrets.org,
        www.sunlightfoundation.com and www.publicampaign.org
        here is the lowdown on the 2012 elections under "Here's who is buying America's deomcracy".

                   Amount                         % to Republicans
        UPS -   $2,331,745                             65%
        FedEX- $1,841,226                              70%

        Tracy B Ann - technically that is my signature.

        by ZenTrainer on Fri Apr 26, 2013 at 10:38:18 PM PDT

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    •  You can't see the forest for the trees (1+ / 0-)
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      Pariah Dog

      Try to put your personal hatred for the USPS, and I'm sorry if nobody cares enough about you to send you anything in the mail beyond "junk."

      But the facts are:
      * Lots of people in this country still don't have email or Internet, especially in rural areas.
      * Lots of people RELY on six-day mail delivery, especially the elderly and some small businesses.
      * This is about killing a bad law:  the pre-funding requirement is unfair, as is its prohibition preventing the USPS from using its infrastructure to innovate (including as you suggest).  And it won't cost taxpayers one dime, because the USPS is paid for by selling stamps rather than through tax dollars.
      * You are wrong--good jobs are good jobs are good jobs, and instead of eliminating them out of Republican anti-government cynicism, to fight unemployment we should be adding Sunday delivery and returning to the twice-daily mail delivery that used to exist in this country.

      Are you a Green who has difficulty telling Democrats and Republicans apart? Well, I have difficulty telling Greens and Maoists apart.

      by Subversive on Sat Apr 27, 2013 at 05:45:15 AM PDT

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      •  I'll agree... (0+ / 0-)

        ...that the pre-funding requirement is bad. The Navy, the SEC, and the DEA are not required to pre-fund, so why should the USPS?

        But six-day delivery is overkill. Mail should come 3 days per week. If something is so important that it can't wait another day, send it by e-mail.

        And I don't buy the image of elderly and rural people waiting expectantly by their mailboxes. Checks can be (and are) sent by direct deposit. A phone call to Grandma is cheaper than a letter.

        We need to change with the times.

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