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Wed Jan 9, 2013, 06:26 AM

Massive Cuts to Postal Service a Step Towards Privatization?

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Response to geefloyd46 (Original post)

Wed Jan 9, 2013, 06:31 AM

1. It's the repub answer to everything

fuck up the government run operation and farm is out to their donor-buddies.

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Response to geefloyd46 (Original post)

Wed Jan 9, 2013, 07:12 AM

2. I wrote to my representatives about this along time past but I'll do it again.

 

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Response to geefloyd46 (Original post)

Wed Jan 9, 2013, 08:32 AM

3. Berkley is fighting this, and they should.

This has already happened across the midwest. Many of their (USPS) once nice facilities, are now located in trailers and rented spaces. Just another public service that "they" want to privatize to increase "their" wealth. Usually these rented spaces are owned by politicians and they charge huge rent. Ironically (?) the empty, former post offices, usually remain empty and become eye-sores.
Then they can have part-time employees earning minimum wage, no benefits, etc.... while "they" get wealthier..... just like the Wal-Mart business model.
Only WE can change the game.
I guess until everyone is aware of all of the things ruining our nation (thanks MSM) the people remain clueless. Just like "they" want it.
Yes, it is a conspiracy.....not a theory.

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Response to geefloyd46 (Original post)

Wed Jan 9, 2013, 08:54 AM

4. no one would buy it.....

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Response to geefloyd46 (Original post)

Wed Jan 9, 2013, 09:12 AM

5. And my Postman is a far right nut job who HATES Obama!

This is the same thing they are doing to our Public Schools. They are making them so bad that we will all jump to Charter Schools! I hate these greedy bastards!

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Response to Dustlawyer (Reply #5)

Wed Jan 9, 2013, 11:44 AM

15. Same with my daughter's neighbor

He work's at the postal office downtown Detroit. My daughter is a teacher & he is forever telling her that teacher's make to much, have summer's off, etc., etc.,,,,.

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Response to geefloyd46 (Original post)

Wed Jan 9, 2013, 09:13 AM

6. Yes. That was the plan from the get-go. Gut the USPS. GOP chose to do so by...

...requiring that they pre-pay their retirement program 75 years ahead. They're not bankrupt or losing money. This requirement, heretofore unheard of in any public or private business, shackled on the USPS by a GOP-ridden Congress, has destroyed the financial viability of the USPS. Now, the corprat vultures move in for privatization. It was the plan all along.

Another thing, the USPS has UNIONS. GOP *hates* that. And this is another reason they want it privatized - to get rid of postal unions.

There's NO QUESTION about what this is - another GOP-manufactured "crisis" pretentiously formulated to help move public money (and services) into inefficient, expensive, greedy, private, corporate hands.

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Response to ProfessionalLeftist (Reply #6)

Wed Jan 9, 2013, 09:24 AM

10. Since just about everybody agrees that this was a dumb move that is hurting the USPS

can't Congress (a more responsible one, anyway) undo this?

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Response to Proud Liberal Dem (Reply #10)

Wed Jan 9, 2013, 08:49 PM

16. I think they can...

...maybe question is, will they do it?

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Response to ProfessionalLeftist (Reply #16)

Wed Jan 9, 2013, 11:04 PM

17. That's the million dollar question, of course.......

n/t

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Response to geefloyd46 (Original post)

Wed Jan 9, 2013, 09:16 AM

7. what can I do to help the Post Office?

I don't want to pay more for stamps. I don't mind the cost
right now. Fifty cents a letter is all I want to pay.

However, I would be more than happy to donate if
I knew who to donate to.

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Response to coldbeer (Reply #7)

Wed Jan 9, 2013, 09:22 AM

9. Write some letters. Encourage your friends to write actual letters.

Believe me, loved ones go nuts for the real hand-written love letters. Sending some cookies works wonders, too.

First class mail is where the Postal Service has seen a decline. For a long time now, first class mail has subsidized all that business advertisement. They get cheaper rates for harder to process mail, as a way of encouraging commerce.

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Response to coldbeer (Reply #7)

Wed Jan 9, 2013, 09:26 AM

11. Contact congressperson and Senators

 

Tell them to undo the 2006 legislation that requires 75 years of funding for postal workers and retired postal workers health care. USPS would be profitable if not for this requirement.
http://www.apwu.org/index2.htm

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Response to geefloyd46 (Original post)

Wed Jan 9, 2013, 09:22 AM

8. Privatization Destroyed the Royal Mail Service

Our turn, now?

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Response to geefloyd46 (Original post)

Wed Jan 9, 2013, 09:32 AM

12. Japan tried privatizing their Postal Service. They hated it, and the government took it back.

Plus, first class rates there are almost double what they are here.

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Response to geefloyd46 (Original post)

Wed Jan 9, 2013, 09:42 AM

13. I guess those billions in pension payments will go to a Bain-like company. eom

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Response to TheBlackAdder (Reply #13)

Wed Jan 9, 2013, 10:28 AM

14. That, most likely, is the plan.

 

Bankrupt the Postal Service, privatize it and use the pension fund to rebuild fix expand pay massive salaries and bonenus to the CEO and upper management.

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