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As of Wednesday, the postal service is in default on the mandate Congress has imposed on it to pay $5.5 billion a year to prefund retiree health benefits for the next 75 years. But never let it be said that Congress doesn't care about the postal service:
In the 18 months the 112th Congress has been sworn in, the House has introduced 60 bills to rename post offices.  Thirty-eight have passed the House and 26 have become law. During those 18 months, the House has produced 151 laws, 17 percent of which have been to rename post offices, according to Congressional Democrats.
Although on second thought:
Not a single bill has come to the House floor aimed at reforming a Postal Service, which is bleeding billions of dollars because of Congressional mandates.
The problem is that, having created a crisis for the post office, most of the supposed fixes Congress has proposed for that crisis (which politicians of course don't admit to having created) don't address the real problems. They may slow the crisis, but they don't stop it. What the postal service needs, instead of inaction and bad action from Congress, is the freedom to succeed. It needs the ability to innovate, even if that means competing with the private sector—something Congress has repeatedly blocked. It needs to be strengthened by being allowed to offer more services, not weakened by reducing the services it now provides. And what our economy does not need is another wave of lost jobs.

Even if the House had acted on a postal service bill that did something other than rename post offices, that would not have happened under Republican leadership.

Originally posted to Daily Kos Labor on Wed Aug 01, 2012 at 12:55 PM PDT.

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  •  Let me guess, they named them all for (9+ / 0-)

    Ronald Reagan.  Let's rename the whole postal service.  We can call it Ronald Reagan.  Wait, let's rename the country.  We'll call it Ronald Reagan.

    So I see only tatters of clearness through a pervading obscurity - Annie Dillard -6.88, -5.33

    by illinifan17 on Wed Aug 01, 2012 at 01:05:41 PM PDT

    •  My Post Office Has A Small Paque (3+ / 0-)
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      JeffW, martini, chuckvw

      it is like 35 x 30. If you look it says John F. Kennedy. I am a geek of a pretty high order and never use the place. But in my small rural town the place is filled most days. Seems some folks use it. I mean a lot of them!

      When opportunity calls pick up the phone and give it directions to your house.

      by webranding on Wed Aug 01, 2012 at 01:49:04 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  Yes, many of us still use the post office. (5+ / 0-)

        There are still things you just can't do on line.  Packages are the biggest issue.  And what the GOP wants is for the Post Office to go away, and for another needless profit oriented middle man to take over.  Where in it will be once again, a system run for those who can afford it.  And for those who can't?  Meh, according to the GOP.

        •  Seniors in rural areas depend on the Post Office (6+ / 0-)

          for medicines.   Like single payer healthcare,  the Post Office is a good deal for the citizens who own it.  

          The GOP, and sadly some Dems, want to privatize the pay/go Post Office like has been done to prisons, and they are using union busting, pension squeezing, and doublespeak propaganda to make it happen.   (OT but was delighted to see this:  

          Billions Behind Bars: Inside America's Prison Industry - CNBC

          We go inside private prisons and examine an Idaho facility nicknamed the ... In Colorado, we profile a little-known but profitable workforce behind bars, ... Special Reports ... 03:44:30 01 Aug 2012 LinksList Documentid: 29779199. CNBC TV ...
          At any rate, hope progressives will get down with efforts to
          right this wrong, join the 1 million plus who have signed the petition to
          Save America's Postal Service
          anta Fe, NM Postal Union Rally, Santa Fe, November, 2011 by divineorder

          How did Supreme Court decision ACA help the 23 million still uncovered? Ask the 18,000 Doctors of PNHP -- they're not waiting, FORWARD now to pass H.R. 676, the “Expanded and Improved Medicare for All Act .

          by divineorder on Thu Aug 02, 2012 at 04:47:34 PM PDT

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          •  Thank you everso, (2+ / 0-)
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            for an action oriented comment.  I'm so on my way to sign that petition!

            •  Welcome. We were in Santa Fe at our (3+ / 0-)
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              StellaRay, blue denim, rbird

              place here last fall when we saw that this was going to happen and went to join it.

              We are retired from teaching High School in Austin, TX, and saw this as a way to support other union members for a good cause.

               The Post Office has a special place in my heart.  I was a low income college student who benefited from teh War on Poverty law back in the day, and was able to work for the post office for far fewer hours than I had been working in retail and for double the pay.  This helped me get through college, and also helped me gain insight into what is one of the hardest jobs around, getting the mail delivered.

              How did Supreme Court decision ACA help the 23 million still uncovered? Ask the 18,000 Doctors of PNHP -- they're not waiting, FORWARD now to pass H.R. 676, the “Expanded and Improved Medicare for All Act .

              by divineorder on Thu Aug 02, 2012 at 05:22:53 PM PDT

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              •  What a lovely post. (3+ / 0-)
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                You really made me understand this issue in a new way, through your experiences.  Thank you.

                •  Thanks for signing the petition! (4+ / 0-)
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                  This may sound corny, but my 92 year old father in law and my 81 year old mother live to check their mail.  They deserve a continuation of this service mentioned in the Constitution, don't you think?

                  How did Supreme Court decision ACA help the 23 million still uncovered? Ask the 18,000 Doctors of PNHP -- they're not waiting, FORWARD now to pass H.R. 676, the “Expanded and Improved Medicare for All Act .

                  by divineorder on Thu Aug 02, 2012 at 05:32:41 PM PDT

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                  •  Yes, I do think your parents (1+ / 0-)
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                    deserve this.  And what's more, I think America deserves a postal system that is affordable to all.  Being able to communicate for older folks, and being able to send care packages, birthday packages, Christmas packages, packages of love and connection of any kind, without the profit motive in between.

                    There are just things that every American should have access to, at an affordable cost, if we want to call ourselves exceptional.  Yoga lessons for all?  No.  An affordable postal service? Yes.    

                    And here's what else I think.  You know, divineorder, we had a bit of a dust up last night. I have no desire to rehash that.  But I DO have a desire to point out how much more we agree on than we disagree on.  Our unity on the important stuff is what matters.  It's what we should be concentrating on.


    •  They'll name it for Reagan... (0+ / 0-)

      ...who cut taxes for the wealthy, then raised taxes on everybody else.

    •  The Norquist Project (0+ / 0-)

      name something after the great communicator in every jurisdiction in the country. For awhile he was trying to get Reagans face on the dime. Fortunately someone remembered the history of FDR and the March of Dimes.

  •  Just like Tony Soprano, (2+ / 0-)
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    the people who funnel money into the pockets of Congress members need their taste. They see money going around and none of it is going to them. So the puppets in Congress created a crisis. And they will prolong it and even exacerbate it to the best of their abilities. Then finally Americans will get the $5 charge per letter size piece of mail they need.

    Taxes Are For The Little People, My Friend!

    by kitebro on Wed Aug 01, 2012 at 01:06:24 PM PDT

  •  The Republicans (5+ / 0-)
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    JeffW, Troubadour, martini, chuckvw, fuzzyguy

    don't want us sending one another letters they can't spy on.  It's still illegal to tamper with postal mail.  It's not illegal to tamper with and read private email.

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    by Noddy on Wed Aug 01, 2012 at 01:11:13 PM PDT

    •  Medicare, Social Security, Post Office (8+ / 0-)

      and the military: 4 things the government does well and it just DESTROYS the GOP 'government is an alien invasion' schtick.

      Ergo they want to destroy everything but the military. They all get manly-feeling giving money to a socialist outfit like the US Military.

      If Democrats wanted to do this the GOP would scream until we are deaf.

      The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men.

      by xxdr zombiexx on Wed Aug 01, 2012 at 01:28:30 PM PDT

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    •  tired of just the thugs getting (0+ / 0-)

      The blame. The Dems ok'd the Patriot ACT and Obama plus the Dems supported the NDAA.
      Plus Obama has his Kill List that takes away due process for US citizens.
      Oh, and we are now involved in yet another conflict in Syrias. Giving them Billions while the US goes down the toilet.


      by snoopydawg on Thu Aug 02, 2012 at 05:10:36 PM PDT

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  •  Well, Congress cares about something (3+ / 0-)
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    They care about that $5 billion a year they force the Post Office to pay.  It's the stock for their slush fund pool.

    Address that one issue--properly--and the Post Office can survive and thrive.  Which is exactly why they won't.

    By the way, this is a preview of coming attractions, America.  The government (mostly Rethugs, but Dems won't stop them in the end) want to ensure that you owe the masters more than you can afford to pay...and that you are never allowed to catch up.  It's the company town model and the 1% want it back.

    "Power concedes nothing without a demand; it never has and it never will."—Frederick Douglass

    by costello7 on Wed Aug 01, 2012 at 01:17:12 PM PDT

    •  We must pay our "rent" (3+ / 0-)

      We are all renters now...

      "I don't try to describe the future. I try to prevent it." - Ray Bradbury

      by chuckvw on Wed Aug 01, 2012 at 04:29:21 PM PDT

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    •  It's like they're renaming them in a show of (1+ / 0-)
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      territory.  Truly evil creeps.  

      If the plutocrats begin the program, we will end it. -- Eugene Debs.

      by livjack on Thu Aug 02, 2012 at 04:23:31 PM PDT

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    •  I'm tired of this (3+ / 0-)
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      Zinman, denig, blue denim

      "the Dems won't stop them in the end" business. The fact it is fashionable to forget these days,is that the Democratic party has been very powerful in this country.  

      Without them we wouldn't have social security or medicare. We wouldn't have civil rights laws. Without them we wouldn't have at least, a better health care plan than we had before. Without them, gays would have no hope of equal rights. Without them, self deportation would be the only thing on the table when it comes to our immigrants.  And I could go on and on.

      Maybe I'm just an old futsy bird, but I resent all this cynical nonsense about how we're doomed to answer to our "masters."  I do understand your fears, and they are worth the discussion.  But when you play into the no hope, apocalyptic version of things, you add to the chance it will be so.

      The arc of history is longer than any one of us can put our finger on, and there have been so many who came before us who faced things just as scary.  What history DOES show over and over again, is that it really is up to our will to fight it.

      And you can talk all the live long day about how we're outgunned and out spent and out maneuvered, but I'll tell you that NOTHING can beat people who raise their voices, people who vote, people who don't give up.

  •  Well, I assume that at some point, (2+ / 0-)
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    they'll want to rename a Post Office that their actions are closing.  Dogma run over by karma.

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    by tom 47 on Wed Aug 01, 2012 at 01:32:27 PM PDT

  •  Maybe they are ignoring funding (3+ / 0-)
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    Troubadour, martini, chuckvw

    because their intent is to privatize the postal service.

    Remember, these goons want to privatize the entire country.

    "We can either have democracy in this country or we can have great wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can't have both." Louis Brandeis

    by wxorknot on Wed Aug 01, 2012 at 02:08:40 PM PDT

  •  It's really annoying that the USPS (1+ / 0-)
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    gets treated like this when Company after Company gets to trash pension obligations with little hindrance. Grrrr!

    The universe may have a meaning and a purpose, but it may just specifically not include you.

    by Anne Elk on Wed Aug 01, 2012 at 03:10:35 PM PDT

  •  I'm sure village Democrats will spring (2+ / 0-)
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    divineorder, snoopydawg

    into action and take this to the people... ummm...
    .... ....


    bzzzt bzzzt

    "I don't try to describe the future. I try to prevent it." - Ray Bradbury

    by chuckvw on Wed Aug 01, 2012 at 04:27:56 PM PDT

  •  Innovation? Meh. (2+ / 0-)
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    It could use some.  Mainly, though, it needs to be freed from the mandate that it pay retirement expenses for employees who aren't even born yet.  

    It also needs to be an aggressive force in the market on its own, and not a puppet of UPS/FEDEX.

    The USPS is prevented from enacting several innovations that could save them a lot of money by law.  If you cut delivery of bulk mailed advertisments down to one day a week, you'd save hundreds of thousands of man-hours of work -- instead of having to stop at every house to drop off spam every day, you just stop at the ones you've got first-class letters, or packages for, and anyone who's got their flags up. Then, every Friday or Saturday, go around with the big bins of crap.

    ...unfortunately, the USPS isn't allowed to delay mail like that, and the big business communities seem to think that they have a right to first-class service for cut-rate bulkmail prices.

  •  And all 26 were named the (0+ / 0-)

    Ronald Reagan Post Office. Except for the one named for Ayn Rand.

    I can’t decide who’s cuter – the dead guy with the arrows in his chest, or the guy in the ditch with the seeping wound. -- Game of Thrones (Heard on Set)

    by prodigal on Thu Aug 02, 2012 at 04:11:25 PM PDT

  •  Tomorrow: (1+ / 0-)
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    Even if you aren't one of the people in the room, we want you to tune in to hear what the President has to say. Will you watch with us tomorrow at 11:45 a.m. EDT?

        WHAT: President Obama speaks on the middle-class tax cuts
        WHEN: Friday, August 3 at 11:45 a.m. EDT

    "...Tomorrow, when President Obama calls on Congress to stop holding the middle class tax cuts hostage, a group of you who have shared your stories on the White House website will be standing there beside him." - David Plouffe

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    by greenbird on Thu Aug 02, 2012 at 04:12:07 PM PDT

  •  If we lose post offices, there are people who (6+ / 0-)

    won't be able to get mail or deliveries any other way. The stories about the USPS delivering by mule to the Grand Canyon are true. Taking our daughter to camp, we passed post offices that are clearly the centers of large rural areas. I couldn't help but wonder which of them will get the ax.
    And suspending Saturday service makes the Post Office less competitive, less likely to succeed.
    I understand the demand for first class letter delivery is down, but online shopping has upped the need for package delivery. USPS has a neat simple and inexpensive method for doing that. I think their "if it fits it ships" ads were excellent and I've used this system a number of times.
    FedEx & UPS do not deliver everywhere, only where there's profit to be made. And they use the USPS for parts of their deliveries. In the last year, a number of things I ordered online that were sent through UPS or FedEx (not my choice) came via Post Office. Apparently, our postal service is so cheap that FedEx and UPS can make a profit by paying them to do part of the delivery.
    I was in a post office in a small town in MN a couple of weeks ago. The line was very long and each person got helped personally. An elderly woman complained (!) that there wasn't any wrapping paper there for the present she was sending. Another customer and the Postal Service worker helped her find pretty mailers to use, and the Postal Service worker carefully and neatly taped it all together.
    The USPS is an American institution and it's one that works very well. I can count on one hand the number of letters delayed or lost over my 50+ years of using the Post Office.
    I think the USPS deserves some subsidy, to keep rates cheap for the American people. It also deserves not to have unfair rules imposed on it, e.g., the 75 year pre-funding of retirement.

    We're not perfect, but they're nuts! -- Barney Frank

    by Tamar on Thu Aug 02, 2012 at 04:13:28 PM PDT

    •  not to mention it's innovative ! (3+ / 0-)
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      Addington's Perpwalk: TRAILHEAD of Accountability for Bush-2 Crimes.
      * Join: OBAMA'S TRUTH TEAM *

      by greenbird on Thu Aug 02, 2012 at 04:26:18 PM PDT

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    •  Whenever my libertarian friend bad mouths USPS (4+ / 0-)
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      I say, "there is no scenario where a privatized mail system does not royally screw over rural America."

      •  exactly. That's part of what I meant by (1+ / 0-)
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        We live in a small neighborhood, a very hilly sidewalk-less half mile or more from any of the regular bus routes. No problem for people with good feet & legs, but a big problem for people with even minor disabilities. We have a local bus route that didn't run that often (every half hour) and the bus was never filled to capacity because it goes through only small neighborhoods off the main traffic routes like ours. About 20 years ago, I went to a hearing about cutting out the route, as part of general budget cutting. Our county, which sometimes is pretty damn good, decided to keep the route in place because it was the only public transportation that served these small neighborhoods. They chose to spend some money to serve the public. Public transportation is a public good and profitability, while helpful, should not be the only goal.
        This goes for post offices also. Do we care about all the people in our country, or only those who live in the rich gated communities or in well-off urban locations? And because of the internet, a lot of people in rural areas can run little businesses successfully that keep them as tax paying citizens. Many of those businesses are dependent on the USPS. (I buy fiber related supplies from small rural businesses; a small sheep farmer or a mother with young kids who sells carded fiber for spinning. They seem to use the Post Office exclusively for sending out orders.)

        We're not perfect, but they're nuts! -- Barney Frank

        by Tamar on Fri Aug 03, 2012 at 09:43:15 AM PDT

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  •  How many new Reagan Post Offices now? (0+ / 0-)

    I mean, it is the House.  Any new Norquist Main Offices?

  •  Don't Forget (1+ / 0-)
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    The post offices that were renamed?  The Senate wasted time debating and passing those 26 bills after the House was finished crafting the artful pieces of legislation (and the Senate also wasted time debating the other potential renamings that were found unworthy).  President Obama wasted time and ink signing those 26 bills into law (and used several of the signings for photo ops).  The House isn't the only party in D.C. guilty of wasting time and effort on meaningless tripe.

  •  I wish they'd fix USPS. My UPS guy is an asshole. (0+ / 0-)

    In fact, the Fed Ex guy is too.  

    My postwoman comes to my door to deliver packages and is extremely sweet.  The two private delivery company guys? Scum of the earth who likes to leave boxes damn near on the street instead of at the door.

    Progressive Candidate Obama (now - Nov 6, 2012)
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    by The Dead Man on Thu Aug 02, 2012 at 04:56:14 PM PDT

  •  What is the supposed justification? (1+ / 0-)
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    I understand that the pre-funding mandate is actually motivated by the Republicans' desire to make it impossible for the US Postal Service to succeed.

    But -- they must have SOME justification for it, the one that they trot out at in their soundbites, etc...

    Does anybody know?  How do they explain it when they are trying to sound like reasonable people?

    •  Reasonable? Not so much. (1+ / 0-)
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      Dream It Real

      Joe Nocera wrote this week in the New York Times how the pre-funding mandate helps paper-over the deficit.  

      In 2002, it was discovered that the Postal Service was wildly overpaying its retirement obligations to the tune of $71 billion… Bills that would have fixed the problem, however, all ran into the same stumbling block: they would have ostensibly added to the deficit. And the Bush administration was adamant that it would veto any bill that wasn’t deficit-neutral.
      Thus it was that a new fund was established in 2006 — for the prepayment of health benefits for future retirees, with the Postal Service agreeing to pay between $5.5 billion and $5.8 billion annually. The money simply goes into an escrow account, where it is invested in special issue Treasury securities. Thus does it somehow magically help with the deficit.
      Or if you want a truly partisan take, go to Representative Darrell Issa's Committee government-funded website & watch this video.
  •  So 151 laws by 435 Congresspeople (0+ / 0-)

    in 18 months.

    That means we can expect 1 law per Congresscritter every 52 months, including post office renaming laws. Which sounds like not a lot. Not a lot at all.

    Republicans believe you need an ID to vote but you can donate millions to any candidate completely anonymously. (h/t jbou)

    by Calouste on Thu Aug 02, 2012 at 05:10:32 PM PDT

  •  A good site to keep up with news about the USPS (0+ / 0-)

    The best site I have found is at this link:

    As a retired Postal Office employee, this is my go-to site. I also visit my Union's site and other Postal Union sites, but for the general public, this is the place to go.

    Eradicate magical thinking

    by Zinman on Thu Aug 02, 2012 at 05:11:04 PM PDT

  •  the gop wants (0+ / 0-)

    to name all post offices ups, fed express, and other for profit companies that will increase the prices to do the same thing the po has done because of its mandate at a more then reasonable price, get ready america if the po goes under be prepared to pay multiple times over for the same services if some of the services are even available to some rural parts of the country.

  •  Darrell Issa: An Ethics Question (1+ / 0-)
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    Maybe somebody can help me with whether a video on the House Oversight & Government Reform website crosses ethical lines.  

    Some background: Darrell Issa is Chairman of the House Committee on Oversight & Government Reform.  That's the House Committee responsible for the Postal Service.  The Committee has a sub-website named  

    The issue: On the homepage of this website is a video Postal Crisis 101: The Postal Bailout.  Usually government websites make an effort to be impartial.  To me, this video is inappropriate for a government website; it's ultra partisan and in essence an issue-oriented political ad.  

    Representative Issa has a history of ethical lapses including using Committee resources to promote major campaign contributors.

    Last year the New York Times reported on Representative Issa and his history of blurring ethical lines.

    As his private wealth and public power have grown, so too has the overlap between his private and business lives, with at least some of the congressman’s government actions helping to make a rich man even richer and raising the potential for conflicts.
    •  not to mention his criminal resume. (1+ / 0-)
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      when he was in the air force -- in his twenties! mind you -- he & his brother stole his commanding officer's car (grand theft auto) & daddy pulled some strings & got the charges reduced, then dropped.

      he also tried to blow up a building.  those charges were also dropped.

      he & his brother then formed their own company -- selling car alarms -- !!! -- yes, the irony truly boggles.

  •  the House has 60 bills to rename post offices (1+ / 0-)
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    blue denim
    the House has introduced 60 bills to rename post offices.
    They will now be called "FedEx" or "UPS"

    All this gerrymandering to privatize our national postal service.

    Expect stamps to be $5.00 and letters take an extra week to get there.

    Asshole Republicans, fuck...

    “Civilized men are more discourteous than savages because they know they can be impolite without having their skulls split, as a general thing.” Conan of Cimmeria via Robert E. Howard

    by roninkai on Thu Aug 02, 2012 at 06:00:07 PM PDT

  •  Ironic..Congress wants to enjoy franking (1+ / 0-)
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    blue denim

    privileges, especially during election season, but is willing to bankrupt the same institution that delivers their junk mail.  Go figure.

    BTW...did you know that a group of baboons is called a congress?  Just saying.

    "What I find curious, is how the elected children of Republican politicians, from George W. Bush to Rand Paul to Ben Quayle and on, always happen to be crueler and dumber than their parents." With thanks to MinistryOfTruth.

    by Taxmancometh on Thu Aug 02, 2012 at 07:14:17 PM PDT

  •  our us postal service (1+ / 0-)
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    blue denim

    Those of us who've been paying attention to what's going on here feel like we're screaming into the wind.  GW Bush and the Rethugs introduced a poison pill into legislation which forced the PO to "pre-fund" retiree health benefits 75 yrs into the future.  Unheard of.  Unheard of, because such an obligation makes no business sense.  It does, however, guarantee that any business so burdened is doomed to flounder.  The goal of Bush & Co. was that the business would fail.  If this mission succeeds, it will be one more step towards our country's becoming a banana republic.  The world's most efficient and inexpensive post office would be a fond memory replaced by a host of vastly more expensive and unreliable corporate cronies of our Rethugs.

  •  Constitutional mandate (1+ / 0-)
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    blue denim

    In article one of the constitution the congress is required to operate the postal system and roads to connect the offices. This isn't a second amendment sort of question that depends on interpretation, post offices are required by law, and nowhere does the contitution require that they make a profit.

  •  How can this be? (1+ / 0-)
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    blue denim

    Isn't there some sort of legal doctrine wherein a law cannot be considered valid if it is not possible to adhere to? Since the USPS cannot abide by the law imposed by congress they have no other choice but to ignore it. As they should.

    --- Keep Christian mythology out of science class!

    by cybersaur on Fri Aug 03, 2012 at 08:54:44 AM PDT

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