|In a July 2013 article titled “Delivering A National Infrastructure Bank...through the Post Office,” Frederic V. Rolando, president of the National Association of Letter Carriers, addressed the woeful state of US infrastructure. He noted that the idea of forming a national infrastructure bank (NIB) has had bipartisan congressional support over the past six years, with senators from both parties introducing bills for such a bank: [...]
Globally, postal banks are major contributors to financial inclusion. Catering to this underserved population is a revenue-generator for the post office while saving the underbanked large sums in fees. Worldwide, according to the Universal Postal Union, 1 billion people now use the postal sector for savings and deposit accounts, and more than 1.5 billion take advantage of basic transactional services through the post. According to a Discussion Paper of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs:
Blast from the Past. At Daily Kos on this date in 2004—Doing Right By America, and doing a good job of cataloging Bush's failure:
|Ever want to rattle off Bush's misdeeds to an undecided coworker, but couldn't quite come up with the best list of shame? Ever want to illustrate the administration's failure on healthcare, but find yourself wondering exactly how bad the statistics were? Well, furrow your brow no more -- the Senate Democratic leadership has developed a remarkably good webpage, one that serves as a one-stop shop for arguments and facts.
Need to know how many jobs Bush has lost this country? 1.5 million. How much your health care premiums have gone up under Bush? 45% in just three-and-a-half years. Answers to all these sorts of questions can be found in the remarkably comprehensive Resource Center, which contains a damning indictment of Bush packaged in tasty little stat-filled morsels. There may be another almanac of Bush's shame like this somewhere else on the web, but I haven't seen it.
Perhaps the nicest aspect of the site, though, is its unifying message: Doing Right By America.
On today's Kagro in the Morning show, Ted's Cruz-sade-a-palooza! Greg Dworkin rounded up the many fronts in the Gop civil war. Markos rolls his eyes at Hillary's "common ground" play. WSJ laments the Cruz-sade. (But gets the terminology wrong—remember when that disqualified you for debate?) Armando helps game things out. The Hill notes the Cruz-sade robs the House of time to respond to the Senate. Helpless Gop Senators don't know what to do about Cruz's NRSC vice chairmanship! Will Rs "win" on spending issues no matter what happens to Obamacare? What might we see in post-shutdown politics.