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dipsydoodle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-04-11 02:23 PM
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Postal cuts to slow delivery of first-class mail v
Source: Asscoaited Press

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Facing bankruptcy, the U.S. Postal Service is pushing ahead with unprecedented cuts to first-class mail next spring that will slow delivery and, for the first time in 40 years, eliminate the chance for stamped letters to arrive the next day.

The estimated $3 billion in reductions, to be announced in broader detail on Monday, are part of a wide-ranging effort by the cash-strapped Postal Service to quickly trim costs, seeing no immediate help from Congress.

The changes would provide short-term relief, but ultimately could prove counterproductive, pushing more of America's business onto the Internet. They could slow everything from check payments to Netflix's DVDs-by-mail, add costs to mail-order prescription drugs, and threaten the existence of newspapers and time-sensitive magazines delivered by postal carrier to far-flung suburban and rural communities.

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The cuts, now being finalized, would close roughly 250 of the nearly 500 mail processing centers across the country as early as next March. Because the consolidations typically would lengthen the distance mail travels from post office to processing center, the agency also would lower delivery standards for first-class mail that have been in place since 1971.

Read more: http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_POSTAL_PROBLE...
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Systematic Chaos Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-04-11 02:26 PM
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1. But hey, we've got the private carriers to rescue us!
And we all know that FedEx, UPS and the like are so freaking perfect.

:eyes:
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Fumesucker Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-04-11 02:27 PM
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2. And so cheap too!
:eyes:
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russspeakeasy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-04-11 06:02 PM
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22. It is the way "they" want us to go.
And "they" won't be happy until everything is privatized. Roads, utilities, everything.
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-04-11 07:34 PM
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54. And, if you think they're cheap now, wait until you see how cheap they go after they do not
have to compete with the public option; i.e., USPS.
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ooglymoogly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-04-11 11:23 PM
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118. +1 nt
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boppers Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-04-11 07:24 PM
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50. How many days did it take for this post to wind up on DU?
More, or less, than 24 hours?
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Bigredhunk Donating Member (4 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-05-11 01:18 AM
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127. Ugh
This is exactly what they want on the right, fewer well-paying jobs. How they can run on that and win is beyond me. I suppose it helps to have TOTAL COWARDS on the left. Not the voters, but the pols. They're afraid of their own shadow. So we spend all our time fighting on the republicans terms, using their talking points, hoping not to offend. It's so old. I don't think it's the DINO's as much as it is Dems being total pussies. Yeah, the Blue Dog types are shite. But playing by gentleman's rules, trying to make everyone happy ("I'm going to nominate people from the opposite party so that people know I'm fair") is our problem. We're always trying to be better, nicer, more fair...fighting with one arm tied behind our backs.
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ooglymoogly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-06-11 10:26 AM
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180. It is far more Machiavellian than you suppose.
It is about money and power, pure and simple. The complicated show put on is purely for the voting public....it is a charade, a kabuki, a herculean drama of hypocrisy. When you remove the masks, at least 70% of politicians are in the pocket and working for corporations and their owners and their votes on important matters to the corps...always...always reflect that.

Very often bills are put up that cannot possibly pass in this environment for pretenders to shout out their bona fides to the voting public...and boy do they grandstand on these meaningless gestures.
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dotymed Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-05-11 06:38 AM
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136. Oddly. the private carriers were not forced, by Congress,
Edited on Mon Dec-05-11 06:42 AM by dotymed
(a few years ago) to fully fund their retirement fund (in advance) at a cost of about $5.5 Billion a year. The USPS was. I wonder why? How obvious these privateers are.

GO OWS!
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Newest Reality Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-04-11 02:29 PM
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3. Seems like a big blow to
those who pay various bills by mail. That could mean more fines, fees and even having service turned off.

What a wonderful development. Dismantling it all is profitable, I guess.
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-04-11 07:36 PM
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55. Just put all your credit card and bank account info online. No worries.
gack.
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Skittles Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-04-11 09:59 PM
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101. all that shit is ALREADY online
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-05-11 03:34 PM
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157. Actually, NOT in my case. thanks anyway.
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Skittles Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-05-11 08:27 PM
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174. BANKS aready have your data in electronic form
do you think they do accounting via paper???
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Vincardog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-04-11 02:40 PM
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4. All so they can continue to OVERFUND the Federal retirement system to the tune of $50 Billion a year
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nuxvomica Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-04-11 02:41 PM
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5. The real story is why the USPS is in so much debt
It's only alluded to in the article

After five years in the red, the post office faces imminent default this month on a $5.5 billion annual payment to the Treasury for retiree health benefits. It is projected to have a record loss of $14.1 billion next year amid steady declines in first-class mail volume. Donahoe has said the agency must make cuts of $20 billion by 2015 to be profitable.

Wasn't this onerous and unusual payment demand cooked up by Republicans to break the USPS?
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Xtraneous Donating Member (68 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-04-11 02:54 PM
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7. Leave it to the liberal biased Associated Press to leave out that little detail. nt
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-04-11 08:47 PM
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71. Well, there are more details.. Please see Reply 68.
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dipsydoodle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-04-11 03:08 PM
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8. Broadly speaking
public utilities are priced to provide a service : not necessarily make a profit.
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MadMaddie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-04-11 06:55 PM
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29. This is true
However; when those services are sold to private companies..profit is their only motive.
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bahrbearian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-04-11 06:57 PM
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33. Broadly speaking the repugs fucked this up!
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-04-11 08:49 PM
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72. Rethugs have had some help. Please see Reply 68 and see the article
Edited on Sun Dec-04-11 08:49 PM by No Elephants
at the link given in that post.
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dixiegrrrrl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-04-11 03:09 PM
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9. And of course that 5.5 billion a year has been spent by The Treasury.
So the PO joins the long list of victims to Great Theft of American money.
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Skittles Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-04-11 03:50 PM
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11. CORRECT
and the average American has NO IDEA what the loss of the USPS would actually mean
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customerserviceguy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-04-11 04:43 PM
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15. Less junk mail?
Yeah, the flat rate shipping packages are great, but most of what I get shipped comes by UPS and FedEx, and they always negotiate sweetheart deals with most businesses.

Snail mail is dying, and the USPS has become little more than a delivery system for forest-raping, landfill-busting, fossil-fuel-sucking garbage. Want to save USPS? Double the price of sending junk mail. Keep doubling as needed.
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ooglymoogly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-04-11 06:55 PM
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30. What a cavalier and ludicrous post....
Edited on Sun Dec-04-11 07:07 PM by ooglymoogly
What mail that does not come to me electronically (bills and the like)comes by U.S postal services and that is many packages and letters per day, billions and billions across the country. This country would fall flat on its face and no service would be provided to out of the way places, without The USPS.

This is grand theft on a level unseen in history. The pugs and Dino's have robbed the USPS with the diabolical intent that it fail and be sold for pennies on the dollar to cronies who are paying them off to sell out the people of this country. In the same way they have robbed SS and Medicare. How do you you think the new billionaires became that way.

The USPS, has over 50 billion dollars socked away in bogus pension funds out to 70 years, that the treasury has stolen from them, (that would be us) aided and abetted by a criminal bunch of soulless thugs in congress, elected by hook and by crook of the 1%, to do just that.
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bhikkhu Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-04-11 08:17 PM
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64. Exactly, and they mask it all in spin about a phony decline in revenue
...which there is not, if you look at the total numbers:

http://about.usps.com/news/national-releases/2011/pr11_...

buried even in this, you have to dig to find that, while first class service is down, package service and standard mail are both on the increase. The net revenue change 2010-2011 is a decline of 1.7%, which is about equivalent to the background noise of "business as usual" operations.
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-04-11 08:53 PM
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75. Please see Reply 68 and the article at the link in that post. Thanks.
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robinlynne Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-04-11 10:48 PM
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109. I'm with you. I love the post office!!! I love it when the mail carrier arrives.
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customerserviceguy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-05-11 06:06 AM
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132. Here's news for you
People out in the rural areas nearly never experience next day delivery of first class mail. That only happens between the biggest cities and their suburbs. That's what this topic was about, anyway.

The country would not "fall flat on its face" if the USPS withered away, it would just change how things are done. Instead of paying for a mail truck to drive many miles up an unpaved country road to deliver things for pennies, people who live in rural areas will just have to pick up mail when they come to town to buy groceries. With improved wi-fi, eventually every remote point in the US will have high speed Internet that doesn't require a network of copper wire.

Overfunded pension funds or not, this is the future of USPS. We've been out of town since Thanksgiving, and my lady is going to go pick up held mail on her lunch break. I told her to observe how very little of it is actual mail, and how much is crap that she's just going to toss in the USPS garbage can right at the post office. If she'd get her bills 100% on line like I do, the proportion of junk would be even higher.
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ooglymoogly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-05-11 11:50 AM
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144. Maybe kids can deliver the mail and clean the toilets
Edited on Mon Dec-05-11 12:10 PM by ooglymoogly
Like Newt suggests. That would not only solve the problem toot sweet and destroy the dreaded unions to boot; it would leave scads more money for taxcuts for the rich under the guise of funding pension funds out to the year 3 thousand.

Anyway that is your story versus millions of opposite leaning stories of the unwashed masses. RW predictions have a massive tendency to always be wrong and very short sighted...but so much money can be made in the chaos stirred up by those lame predictions.

Most of us prefer the post office just the way it is, very efficient and well run, providing millions of decent jobs without stimulus or bailout money required, while being levied billions for obscene taxcuts for the rich, to the tune of $5 billion a year.

For a self sufficient operation, I'd say that is one giant lift and one giant support beam to the foundation of this, fast becoming, bankrupt economy.
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customerserviceguy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-05-11 05:25 PM
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166. Yes, most of us would prefer that the post office stays the way it is
But that's just not going to happen. People who insist on getting snail-mailed bills, and paying those bills that way are simply going to die off. My kids' generation doesn't really get a big lift out of looking in the mailbox like their great-grandmothers did. Periodicals are also going to be received on a strictly electronic basis once tablet technology comes way down in price.

Besides, if you want to keep USPS alive "the way it is" for a few more years, what's wrong with my proposal to double the rates charged to junk mail? If you double the first class postage stamp rates, you just accelerate the decline of first class mail for bills and bill paying.
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ooglymoogly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-05-11 06:51 PM
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170. Once again there are two sides to every story... one being for propaganda...
Edited on Mon Dec-05-11 07:39 PM by ooglymoogly
to provide cover for the thieves and one striking at the truth.

As revenue slackens from redundant or useless mail...much higher revenue will be gained from online shopping; when the millions of packages are delivered and some returned by same method, as mine are. I get everything online, from drugs to gifts to small appliances, computer parts, electronics and the list goes on add infinitum...and more and more, as grumpy old codgers like me die off, many afraid of the computer, the young'ns coming up are made to learn the computer for their own survival...interfacing the world and learning how to make it work for them.

The post office will deliver 95% of what is ordered and so will shopping mall retailers send by USPS and are already clambering for the exponentially growing internet trade from all over the world.

Almost all of my mail and packages comes to me from the post office, everything including a kitchen sink.

Cutting back services is a purely pug stink.

It is the way they become billionairs.

It is their answer for everything, except of course when it comes to the 1% who would slap them upside the head as they understand better than they, how the game is played.

When I go to the post these days, the lines are long, but very fast moving, many holding packages for folks who have purchased something from them on Ebay...more are pakaging their goods at the side counter to be sent...it is a fast balooning fenomanon.

Very rarely and long ago, did a big private delivery truck, pull up to the front drive of my house to deliver a very large item that I bought on Ebay, now over 10 years ago...but all else comes through the post. Prescriptions, OTC medications, vitamins, again add infinitum, to the tune of about 5 packages a day, along with, way to much, junk mail offering free everything till death do you part...which as the postman feeds it through the door my dog furiously stamps it received with teeth marks punches as the postman dances around in glee....Multiply that by a couple hundred million back and forths, 6 days a week and you have a vital assembly line feed, connecting you to the world and connecting the world to you, for what amounts to pennies in the overall scheme of things.

Internet and PO are becoming symbiotic...one, in this age, cannot work successfully without the other.

Close it down and the private Fedexs' of the would, would go into overdrive and the way of the unregulated banks and drug cartels like vulchers, charging as much as 300 dollars a month for one prescription or gambling away this countries national heritage and at gunpoint forcing us to bail them out.

Do you even begin to think your simple thoughts through...

The Post has about 570,000 permanent employees and about as many part timers...Can you imagine what would happen to the economy if the PO closed its doors? Can you even begin to extrapolate...and what about the fleet of trucks, the largest in the world....consider the manufacturers...consider the parts manufacturers and mechanics...consider the restaurants around PO's, consider the paper and cardboard manufacturers and all their employees and how many of those would also close down; consider what is bought with the billions in salaries.... and I have touched but a few.

Consider what that that would do to an already failing economy...failing because of just this sort of ignorant short sighted thinking that is rampant in the puke party....This kind of fraud austerity, is a religion followed "devoutly" with a profoundly stupid zealotry that is destroying this country as it has many times in our past history.

And this is not the only gaping wound they are throwing acid on.

The problem at hand is a kaleidoscope of ramifications the pugs do not have the brains to even begin to understand.

What they do have in spades... is the ability to make billions off the downfall...

who cares about the millions of folks it would effect most drastically?
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customerserviceguy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-05-11 10:50 PM
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177. Yes, eBay is popular, no doubt
And for tens or hundreds of thousands of Americans, it provides a living, or at least a family's second income. But about half of what I get from there and online sources comes through UPS or FedEx. Today, I came home to seven packages, four of them were potatoes I sent to myself on my recent trip to the Northwest. Yes, I was willing to pay about a dollar a pound for flat rate boxes to bring my farmer friend's tasty tubers to my (and my friends') dinner table. They lost money on me.

I assume that most shippers figure out which way to ship has the lowest cost. Every time they choose USPS, it likely costs that organization more to ship than they receive in postage, you can thank the flat rate mailer for that. Of course, when a shipper becomes big enough for the sweetheart deal from UPS or FedEx, they'll pick that option. And when the USPS raises rates to cover a bit more of their costs, more will switch to the private carriers, driving their per-package costs down, and allowing them to offer lower rates in the future. The vicious circle will continue.

At one point in time, it was way easier to own and maintain a horse than it was for an automobile. Now, it is clearly cheaper to have the car than the horse, and that's what's going to happen with the USPS. Frankly, it wouldn't surprise me if another company were to somehow materialize to challenge UPS and FedEx; every industry, no matter how much it costs to get into, eventually attracts competition. You can bet that will happen if either one of them tries to charge $300 to ship something.

In any case, you still haven't answered my question: What's wrong with doubling the cost of junk mail to keep the thing running, with or without fiddling with the pension and retirement health funding?
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ooglymoogly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-06-11 09:58 AM
Response to Reply #177
179. Once again, information pulled from the hat.
Of the literally thousands of Items I have bought on ebay in the last 10 years, less than 1% of them were sent by private carrier. Using a sack of potatoes as your "proof", is totally disingenuous and a sack of crap.

Over 90% of items sold on Ebay are smaller than a breadbox and lighter than rock and will be sent by USPS because it is cheaper. Larger, heavier, more cumbersome items will be sent by private carrier because it is cheaper.

The live plants and trees I get for my garden, for instance, mostly come private carrier.

To get some real facts you might get on an ebay forum to see what is really going on, instead of pulling things straight from the hat.

A sack of potatoes indeed.



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customerserviceguy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-06-11 06:09 PM
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182. Again, once more I will ask
What's wrong with doubling the cost of junk mail every time the USPS gets into a financial scrape? Why not keep a system you think is so wonderful running through the stupidity of big business?
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ooglymoogly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-07-11 03:25 PM
Response to Reply #182
185. You just are not getting it. USPS is in a catch 22
Edited on Wed Dec-07-11 03:50 PM by ooglymoogly
created by B*sh, 0 and congress(controlled by Dino's and repukes and Wall st); to force USPS to its knees, so the rethug vultures can pick its bones clean and sell the rest to the pug glue factory...leaving the people of this country destitute and holding the bag and under the thumb of another cartel, joining the drug cartel, the Bankster cartels, and the Oily cartels; the new maga shipping cartels, coming soon.

They have to hand over obscene sacks of money to treasury at gunpoint, (now used for taxcuts for the rich) for a bogus trumped up and oh sooo phony "reason" and cannot raise their rates, because 0 has appointed pug overlords who will not let them. Junk mailers are big donors to pug grifters and con artists in congress and government.

It is only when you get into the weeds of these kinds of cons and frauds that you see just who 0 really is and who's puppet he is.

If there is not a huge hue and cry....this shameful plan will be accomplished to the horrific detriment of the people of this country.
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customerserviceguy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-07-11 06:18 PM
Response to Reply #185
186. Ok, I can accept your contention
that it may be politically impossible to raise the cost of sending junk mail. I presume you don't disagree with it on any sort of philosophical grounds.

The way I look at it, it's just a matter of political will. The "do not call" list legislation passed through Congress, I can only hope that whatever it takes to stem the flow of expensively-travelled garbage will eventually come about. I don't know that many citizens who really, truly appreciate the flow of crap that floods their mailboxes.
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Mojorabbit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-04-11 06:57 PM
Response to Reply #15
34. Priority mail is way cheaper than ups or fedex for packages
It is the first place I go when something needs to be mailed.
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ooglymoogly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-04-11 07:05 PM
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38. and that would be just like everybody else. nt
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defendandprotect Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-04-11 07:11 PM
Response to Reply #34
41. Me, too! Also know the people at the PO -- and usually knew our carriers -- !!!
Can't imagine our town w/o the Post Office!

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customerserviceguy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-05-11 06:10 AM
Response to Reply #34
133. It is
And if I mailed out a lot of packages, I'd love to see the USPS continue forever. But most people in this country are package recipients, and like I said, all the major businesses have worked out sweet deals with UPS and FedEx. My previous job was working for a place that sold medical equipment, when they switched billing and ordering systems, I was able to see for awhile just how cheaply we were able to FedEx heavy parcels across the country to hospitals and clinics.

The little-guy shipper subsidizes UPS and FedEx, but I simply propose that the junk mailers subsidize the USPS. Is there anything wrong with that, since by volume, they are the bulk of USPS mail?
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Mojorabbit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-05-11 12:11 PM
Response to Reply #133
147. It seems to me that places like ebay
etsy and more are made up of a ton of people who are mailing out packages and often. I try and do business with crafts people.
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AlbertCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-05-11 12:44 PM
Response to Reply #133
150. But most people in this country are package recipients,
Really? Statistics please.

And most people DO NOT live in rural areas. Why should we cater to all those empty square states out west? We on the populated coasts already subsidize them enough. The "Heartland" is a minority.


The PO is funded by the sale of stamps. And it has plenty of money if you don't have to fund pensions for the next 70 years... fund pensions for people who aren't even born yet. This is a deliberate GOP move to privatize the mail with a stupid irrational law.... akin to "corporate personhood".

Your anecdotal arguments mean shit.
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customerserviceguy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-05-11 05:19 PM
Response to Reply #150
165. If I said that more people buy groceries
than own grocery stores, would you want statistics on that, too?

Isn't it reasonable to believe that there are more customers than shippers out there? If not, then we have nothing to talk about.

Again, what's wrong with my idea of doubling the shipping rate for junk mail?
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-04-11 08:51 PM
Response to Reply #15
73. Rates are a matter for the Regulatory Commission. Please see Reply 68.
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customerserviceguy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-05-11 06:11 AM
Response to Reply #73
134. Yeah, yeah, you keep saying that
Then it's time to put political pressure on this Regulatory Commission to double the cost of junk mail.
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Skittles Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-04-11 09:56 PM
Response to Reply #15
97. LOLOL
do you have any idea how much your rates with your coveted UPS and FedEx will rise with the demise of the post office? You don't, do you?
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ooglymoogly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-04-11 11:16 PM
Response to Reply #97
117. If they need an example....How are those 1-3hundred dollar
Edited on Sun Dec-04-11 11:26 PM by ooglymoogly
prescriptions working out.

That is what happens between a corporation and a forced captive customer when all the competition has been bought off and absorbed and congress is in their pocket.

Some call it fascism.
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customerserviceguy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-05-11 06:14 AM
Response to Reply #97
135. Perhaps they will some day
That being the case, why not do something real that will keep the USPS afloat?

What's wrong with my idea of doing CPR on the USPS by doubling junk mail costs? Maybe it would force a few businesses to evaluate who they mail garbage to. I know I still get catalogs twice a year from companies I picked up some loss-leader bargain from a few years ago. Maybe higher mailing rates for advertising crap would make them see that I'm not worth sending trash to.
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loudsue Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-05-11 09:41 AM
Response to Reply #15
139. I've been saying that all along. Triple the cost to the banks, who are getting yet another BREAK to
send piles of junk mail. Let the CORPORATIONS, who use the USPS to send tons & tons of dead-tree-junk mail, pay for the costs....not the first-class mail users, who are actually paying full price for postage.

It is RIDICULOUS that these HUGE banks are allowed to send tons of mail at a fraction of the cost of regular citizens.

That's just one more thing about this country that bows to the corporations, and fucks the consumer.
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customerserviceguy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-05-11 05:29 PM
Response to Reply #139
167. It's not just the banks
There are all kinds of junk mailers out there, from realtwhores to fly-by-night contractors, and all kinds of junk sellers.
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AlbertCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-05-11 12:35 PM
Response to Reply #15
149. Less junk mail?
And who does that junk mail come from?

big companies and politicians.

Why? Because it the most cost effective way of getting a word out.

It's just the short sighted GOP and Corporate big wigs cutting their own throats while they rob us, again.


Your post is pretty ill thought out. But, fine, if you want to pay a bundle more just to mail something, go ahead. Just don't assume the rest of us want to as well.
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customerserviceguy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-05-11 05:33 PM
Response to Reply #149
168. How cost effective is it
for some idiot company to send me two catalogs a year, when all I ever bought from them was a deeply-discounted electronic toy that I found on Ben's Bargains four years ago? Maybe a sudden jolt in rates will inspire people who are supposed to know how to cut costs to go over their mass mailing lists a little better than they have been.

Politicians littering my mailbox get no more respect from me than Domino's pizza coupons, when I live in a land of true Italian pizza.
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MadMaddie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-04-11 06:56 PM
Response to Reply #11
31. Well they will and they won't like it
The dumbasses on the right take everything for granted.....
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ooglymoogly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-04-11 07:11 PM
Response to Reply #31
42. The right takes everything the left has provided them from the founding fathers on, for granted.
and without the slightest understanding of gratitude.
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-04-11 08:59 PM
Response to Reply #31
76. Remember when Obama compared universal health care to the Post Office, as though
the Post Office did a bad job (this was during the health care debates). At that time, many LBN posters wondered why he (a) did not compare it to Medicare, which people seem to like; and (b) why he seemed to be derisive of the Post Office?

I was one of the LBN posters who wondered.

Please see Reply 68.
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Name removed Donating Member (0 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-04-11 09:56 PM
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98. Deleted message
Message removed by moderator. Click here to review the message board rules.
 
No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-04-11 10:59 PM
Response to Reply #98
111. In fairness, that makes DU like every other board in the world.
And probably many, many places in the real world with more than 30 people are gathered--and allowed to speak anonymously.
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Skittles Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-05-11 08:26 PM
Response to Reply #111
173. it is very disappointing
I expect better from progressives
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Marrah_G Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-05-11 12:31 AM
Response to Reply #11
126. It would mean the loss of one of my jobs
leaving me with a part time minimum wage service job to survive from.
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Enthusiast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-04-11 04:41 PM
Response to Reply #5
14. A big plus one!
This is part of a well coordinated fascist assault on the middle class.
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onehandle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-04-11 04:54 PM
Response to Reply #5
16. I was in direct mail (junk mail) for three years a while back.
Edited on Sun Dec-04-11 04:55 PM by onehandle
If the postal service would just jack up the rate to, say 85 cents, all problems would be solved.

But junk mail lobbyists pay to prevent this.

Mail would still be a bargain for average folk. Not so for the junk mail fuckers.

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defendandprotect Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-04-11 07:15 PM
Response to Reply #16
45. Privatizers/RW who want to destroy the PO don't want to give them options ... like really competing
with UPS or Fed Ex -- or ridding themselves of junk mail --

Can you imagine UPS dealing with junk mail? What a farce.

Also recall one PO employee I spoke with telling me she was on

"special assignment" to work at Bloomingdale's to assistthem in

their advertisement mailings -- catalogues, etal -- packages, as

well, I guess???



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blondie58 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-04-11 08:07 PM
Response to Reply #16
61. the usps has to.go to congress to raise rates
And they are not allowed to make a profit- just to meet costs.
From a retired member if NALC #47
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-04-11 08:46 PM
Response to Reply #61
69. I believe the Postal Regulatory Commission makes that decision since the 2006 reforms,
either on its own or before Congress does:

"But the Postal Service is not a private business, and postal politics often make strange bedfellows. In the case of the exigent rate increase, for example, the mail industry actually found itself at least for a moment siding with the PRC when it turned down the Postal Services request for a rate hike last year."

http://www.savethepostoffice.com/what-were-you-thinking...
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-04-11 09:04 PM
Response to Reply #16
77. The Postal Regulatory Commission has been preventing rate increases.
Please see Reply 68 and the link given in that post.
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AlbertCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-05-11 12:48 PM
Response to Reply #16
151. If the postal service would just jack up the rate to, say 85 cents, all problems would be solved.
All problems would be solved if they just got rid of the stupid law they passed that caused them.
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tblue Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-04-11 07:22 PM
Response to Reply #5
48. Yes, it is CONTRIVED. Why don't our Dems raise hell?
Why are they so damned....pedestrian? I'd almost think they're playing on the other team.
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-04-11 09:05 PM
Response to Reply #48
79. I don't know why, but please see Reply 76. and then Reply 68.
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woo me with science Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-04-11 11:30 PM
Response to Reply #48
120. Almost?
:eyes:
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hack89 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-05-11 04:53 PM
Response to Reply #48
162. Because they co-sponsored the legislation?
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-04-11 08:40 PM
Response to Reply #5
68. Are you referring to the 2006 postal reform legislation? If so, you might be interested to know
that President Obama appointed one of the architects of that act to the Postal Commission.

You know, the Commission that, among other things, gets to decide if the Post Office may raise the price of stamps, the way that the Postal Service raises revenue?

President Obama did not have to appoint another Republican to the Commission when he nominated Taub. He could have nominated a Democrat--or a Republican who had not played a major role in the 2006 "reforms," he nominated Taub.

The current members, who serve 6 year terms. are:

Chair Ruth Y. Goldway (D) (nominated by Clinton, re-appointed Dummya and elevated to Chair by Obama a year later);

Commissioner Nanci E. Langley (D) (nominated by Dummya)

Vice Chairman Mark Acton (R) (first nominated by Dummya, then by Obama)

Richard G. Taub (R) (nominated by Obama replace Dan G. Blair (R))

One seat is technically vacant, because the term of Tony Hammond (R) expired in October. However, Obama has re-nominated him. If confirmed, the Commission will have three Republicans, just as it does under Republican Presidents, one of which Republicans was a major architect of the 2006 "reforms."

http://www.savethepostoffice.com/what-were-you-thinking...
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bhikkhu Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-04-11 09:18 PM
Response to Reply #68
82. The whole "reform" wasn't bad
and even though I do emphasize myself that the part of the reform bill dealing with pension funding requirements is a big source of the current problem, if you subtract the recession from the equation and instead look at the revenue projections that were expected at the time, it was punitive but not destructive. The point to knowing about the problem is to know a way around the problem, not to beat the same old stupid drum some more.

I don't see how it serves any purpose to say that anyone who had anything to do with it needs to be shunned, and that anyone who has anything to do with anyone who had anything to do with it should also be shunned...

To go directly from an understanding of the current difficulties of the post office, to accusing someone who doesn't shun those involved, is to flee directly from understanding to to simplistic guilt-by-association, serving pre-existing bias. What's the real point?
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-04-11 09:29 PM
Response to Reply #82
86. Please, First. exactly which parts of the 2006 "reforms" do you think were good for the survival
Edited on Sun Dec-04-11 09:33 PM by No Elephants
of the Post Office? Please be specific.

Second, Taub was not merely somehow "involved," in the 2006 laws. Obama's own press release said Taub had played a major role in the crafting the 2006 laws--

Second, there is a huge gap between shunning Republican Taub and putting him on the PRC, right when you are also re-appointing Hammond, leaving the PRC with a majority of Republicans, when you could have appointed a Democrat and created a Democratic majority on the PRC instead.

And, as I said, it's PRC controls whether postage rates can be raised, a pivotal fact in the survival of the Post Office.

As for the point, I guess you did not follow the link to the article that I linked in Reply 68. Click on it and read the title of the article, if nothing else. Because postal workers sure got the point.

What's your point?
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bhikkhu Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-04-11 11:24 PM
Response to Reply #86
119. How about you read the bill, and tell me what you think of each of the 3000+ provisions
It was a massive and very detailed and technical revision of the whole postal service operations. I know the part that is causing the current problem, but there are thousands of little things which were done in the course of ordinary government-by-incremental-improvement - the bulk of the bill - which I have no problems with. I'd suggest that anyone who wants to know about the bill go to the Library of Congress site and read the bill - its an informative exercise, and an excellent way to get out of the little rumor-bubble and look at how government actually is done.

I don't know who's idea it was to restructure the pension funding as it was done, but in a bill like this its very easy to make a change like that and have it go through without much worry. With the budget projections of the time, likely provided by the CBO, its possible that the obligations could have been seen as reasonable, except for an unexpected deep recession.

Perhaps there was ill-will involved as well by some (of the generic republican sort), but recognizing the problem that it is causing now is a different thing from saying that it was put there deliberately to cause the problem then, or that everyone involved in the process was aware that it would cause a problem, or that everyone who voted for the bill intended for it to cause a problem. There isn't necessarily an evil hand behind every thing that happens.

The obvious solution would be legislation to slow down the pension-funding requirement, though a little more on the revenue side would be fine as well.
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chervilant Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-05-11 10:18 AM
Response to Reply #119
141. hmm...
Posting a condescending adjuration to 'read the bill' obfuscates the grim reality that the USPS is under assault, just like our system of Public Education--AND like most of our New Deal programs. If you think the uber wealthy Corporate Megalomaniacs are interested in maintaining the USPS as a well-funded, fully-functional government entity, I have some beachfront property for you to consider--in Nevada.

We are witnessing a global cultural crisis, and some folks are just not ready to acknowledge that.
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bhikkhu Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-05-11 07:22 PM
Response to Reply #141
172. You're right, of course
they'd be happy to pare the USPS down to drownable size, and the other things as you say.

I think the best approach is to educate oneself about it, however, and reading the legislation is something that so very few even attempt to do...bloggers who don't read writing for people who don't read, creating movements covered by journalists who don't read.

Some stupid errors of opinion on my part not too far back were corrected by "reading the legislation", and it was obvious at the time not only that the sole means of correction had to be reading the legislation (because nobody I had talked to or read had done any kind of due diligence), but that I seemed to be "the only one in the room" who cared enough to bother. This is a political website - why shouldn't it be a common suggestion?

If I hear something now, I am most prone to go to the source material directly before forming any kind of opinion; if others checked their own sources in the same way, there's no end to the pointless misdirection and unsuspecting misinformation that could be avoided.
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ooglymoogly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-04-11 10:44 PM
Response to Reply #82
107. Jeeeesus H Keeriste....One ot the oldest institutions in America
Edited on Sun Dec-04-11 10:59 PM by ooglymoogly
is going bankrupt while you play the flute leading the gullible off the cliff...are you stark raving insane.

Nobody but an idiot could make such a statement when it is obvious why this is happening.

THE USPS IS GOING BANKRUPT AFTER HUNDREDS OF YEARS AS ONE OF THE MOST SUCCESSFUL OPERATIONS IN HISTORY...BECAUSE OF THIS, OBSCENE, GREEDY BEYOND BELIEF, LEGISLATION...IT IS HAPPENING.

You need to tune up your flute if you expect anyone to believe these claptrap pug talking points.

The USPS has been making this country a far better place by its very existence and is a major part of the skeleton holding this country together. Without it we are lost as a civilized country...they need us now...they need our anger...they need our outrage...they need us to organize and call our congress and president...they are on life support....which means we are on life support.

They need our support and they have said as much.
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bhikkhu Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-04-11 11:11 PM
Response to Reply #107
116. Its not going bankrupt, its falling short on unfair pension funding obligations
the notion that its going bankrupt, or even that it is having any unusual revenue declines, is fiction.
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boppers Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-05-11 02:24 AM
Response to Reply #116
131. It promised pensions that it cannot (yet) pay for.
Same problem as Social Security had (and has), with an assumed, future, guaranteed, revenue stream, and current revenue *not* being saved up for the future obligations.

If you promise your infant kids you can pay for college, because you have a good job today, but don't yet have the future costs for college already saved up, and stored in the local credit union, you are a liar.
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ooglymoogly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-05-11 01:56 PM
Response to Reply #131
152. That is pure unadulterated bullshit
What company do you know of, that has to cover pensions 70 years into the future....on top of having hostile pug overlords working for its demise.

The USPS could, even under these usurious and onerous conditions, (politics aside) pull itself back to solvency, by raising its rates a few pennies...a decision that is first and last up to pug politico's appointed by of all people BO.
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boppers Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-06-11 06:19 AM
Response to Reply #152
178. No company I have worked for has had 70 years of pensioning promises.
If they cut such a deal, hoping nobody would call their bluff, they lost.
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ooglymoogly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-04-11 10:27 PM
Response to Reply #68
105. There is phony kindly gentler Democratic talk, coming around election time
Edited on Sun Dec-04-11 10:31 PM by ooglymoogly
and then there is the snake walk of 0 taking a sever right turn after the election, that is oooh so much different...and its guided by the wicked witch, (that would be the 1%) dropping stale and poisonous bread crumbs for the hoodwinked followers of Bo Hansel AKA a Judas goat, leading the circle D dupes and the forced rest, (that would be us) into the oven...that would be the new and improved bankruptcy where the wicked witch takes everything.
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freshwest Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-05-11 02:00 AM
Response to Reply #5
129. Yes, it was, they passed that under Gingrich, I think. To take effect now. A manufactured crisis.
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Freddie Stubbs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-05-11 11:51 AM
Response to Reply #129
145. No. Gingrich left Congress in 1999
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hack89 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-05-11 09:28 PM
Response to Reply #129
176. It was a bipartisan bill co-sponsored by Henry Waxman.
it was not a republican plot - the bill had wide support from Democrats.
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Freddie Stubbs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-05-11 11:49 AM
Response to Reply #5
143. It was a bipartisan bill which which not one single Democrat in Congress opposed
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hack89 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-05-11 04:52 PM
Response to Reply #5
161. No. It was bipartisan legislation - Henry Waxman was a co-sponsor.
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snappyturtle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-04-11 02:42 PM
Response to Original message
6. No fear, our lobbyists, err...representatives will protect us
Not.
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suffragette Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-04-11 03:12 PM
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10. Looks like another step in the purposeful dismantling of USPS
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ashling Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-04-11 05:17 PM
Response to Reply #10
19. This is only shown about
Edited on Sun Dec-04-11 06:00 PM by ashling
46 gazillion brazillion (obligatory reference) times between Halloween and New Year.

A tribute to the ingenuity and resourcefulness of postal workers and the United States Post Office (before Republicans)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aeqOkYDqNw8
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uFpX0arnPqc&feature=rela... (start at 1: 15)


on edit:

This should be mandatory viewing by the GOP, having tried their damnedest (and I use that word advisedly - and descriptively) to dismantle the Post Office. It was made a government corporation under Nixon - if I recall correctly - because of the mantra (intended by those idiots to be said with a sneer, a la their chief exemplar Snidely Whiplash): "if you like the Post office, you'll love government run healthcare"

The fact is, there would be a lot to love in both systems - if the GOP (Gross Obfuscatory Plutocrats) would keep their slimy hands off!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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ooglymoogly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-04-11 07:51 PM
Response to Reply #19
57. Why do you think it is, that if you ask the man on the street...
about this mega hijack, as I have, you get a glazed stare.
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-04-11 09:12 PM
Response to Reply #19
80. How far does the comfortable, familiar "blue team, red team" paradigm stretch?
Edited on Sun Dec-04-11 09:13 PM by No Elephants
Please see Reply 68 and the article cited in that post.
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suffragette Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-05-11 08:36 PM
Response to Reply #19
175. I doubt that would move them. Issa and his ilk want to break the union
and privatize this important service - a twofer in their minds.

They've been doing everything they can to push USPS to the edge of a precipice and then over it.

Democracy Now has a great piece on this. Here are a few excerpts:

http://www.democracynow.org/2011/9/27/shock_doctrine_at...


CHUCK ZLATKIN: on that act. Well, my union and the people we represented, we opposed it from the beginning, because we saw what was going to happen in our future, because it wasnt just creating this arbitrary payment that had to be made. It limited the amount of debt that the Postal Service could use, and it also pegged any price increase to the Consumer Price Index. You put those things together, it was dooming the Postal Service. This is a manufactured crisis that was brought about by the same Congress that youre saying that we shouldnt go to to correct it. They caused the problem. We have to go to the cause of the problem and then come together and deal with this on behalf of the people who depend upon the Postal Service. As far as the union is concerned, if theres service to the public, well have jobs. We dont have to manufacture jobs. The people who want to destroy the Postal Service had to manufacture a crisis.

~~~
CHUCK ZLATKIN: to accomplish this, you have to go to Congress to pass laws that will negate a contract that the Postmaster General, Patrick R. Donahoe, negotiated with the union in April. In July, he was going to Congress and saying we have to pass laws to break this contract. What happened between April and July? Absolutely nothing. If Donahoe did this contract, which was attacked by Issa, was so bad, why is Donahoe in his job now? He should have been fired. And/or at least if he was a decent guy, he should look at the situation and resign.

And we should also look into the sweetheart retirement package, filled with bonuses and pensions, that his predecessor, John E. Potter, got. If Potter left the Post Office in such a dire straits, why did he get these millions of dollars that was voted to him by the Postal Board of Governors? We need Donahoe out of his job and an investigation into what took place with the financial payoffs to his predecessor, and then well be dealing with some of the real problems that the Postal Service is facing.

~~~

CHUCK ZLATKIN: Well, the unions are an important factor, because part of the reason that it looks so good to privatize is, as they see this business and theyre saying, "Look at this, were paying close to 600,000 workers a living wage, benefits and retirement package. Well, if we could break the union and eliminate that, we could bring in people, at-will workers for an hourly wage with no benefits, and that money could go to, not the American people or costs in government, that would go to profits. This is another situation where working-class people and poor people are being asked to suffer and sacrifice to benefit the rich.
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cmd Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-04-11 04:05 PM
Response to Original message
12. A priority mail package from FL to OH arrived in 1 day
It was in perfect condition and was handed to me by my mail carrier - not stacked on the porch like UPS. I have a mail carrier that knows everyone on her route and watches over us. The so called private sector can not say the same.
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pitohui Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-04-11 05:35 PM
Response to Reply #12
21. the flat rate priority mail packages are an incredible deal and a great service
if everyone who has to ship christmas gifts would look into this service, instead of forking up MORE money to pay for shipping their gifts by the pound to UPS, then it would be a big help in getting some of the lost business back

people just don't need to mail bill payments any more, it's too easy to schedule this to happen automatically, electronically, either online at your home or at the library or at your bank...

where the post office shines is shipping the items that can't be sent electronically...for a random example i recently shipped a 27 pound package in a medium flat rate priority box for under $11...the tracking was free because i went through paypal to buy the stamp but it would still be a TRACKED package for less than $12 if i paid cash at the post office...my customer received his package in texas in less than 48 hours

let ups ground try to match that!
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defendandprotect Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-04-11 07:24 PM
Response to Reply #12
49. +1 --
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summerschild Donating Member (12 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-04-11 04:07 PM
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13. I retired a few years ago after 33 years of service. -
The Republican dream of the past 25 years finally comes to pass! FINALLY it will be privatized! Somebody's buddies will be billionnaires all over again as soon as prices are raised, services cut, and employee wages are reduced to a pittance. Plus, divying up Postal real estate should be especially interesting - they own some really expensive real estate after all, having been in every major U S city for a couple of hundred years. And after Fed Ex (or Red X or whoever) gobbles up city delivery for a mere $5 bucks an envelope to the citizenry, guess what famous group of taxpayers will get to fund delivery service to the 25% of the nation where those guys won't go? (and by the way, that's why USPS is the only agency in the U S Constitution - the Founders believed it was in the nation's interest that the country be "bound together" through communication. Ah, the spoils of victory! Not to mention a half million union members knocked off. It may take them a while, but this group will get their way - no matter what it takes to do it.
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sketchy Donating Member (112 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-04-11 04:59 PM
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17. I'm curious about Patrick Donahoe
Is he well-meaning, or yet another fox guarding the chicken coop?
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summerschild Donating Member (12 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-04-11 06:22 PM
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25. Patrick Donahoe was appointed by the USPS Board of Governors
Edited on Sun Dec-04-11 06:24 PM by summerschild
as all Postmaster Generals have been for many many years. I don't have a good read on him. My guess is we've had a long line of "foxes".

The "Governors" are powerful political appointments, made by the US President. All the current governors but one (Dennis J. Toner appointed in 2010 by Obama) were appointed by George W. Bush. There are nine governors.

All are Republicans except Toner and Thurgood Marshall (though many democrats would disagree that Marshall is a democrat.) Postal Gov. James C. Miller III is currently a member of the board of Americans for Prosperity (Tea Party/Koch founded). Ain't that cute?
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sketchy Donating Member (112 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-04-11 06:38 PM
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28. Very interesting
Thank you for this information! Also interesting is that this isn't as widely known as it should be.
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ooglymoogly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-04-11 07:18 PM
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46. 'Twould be interesting if you wrote an OP on this subject....
Edited on Sun Dec-04-11 07:47 PM by ooglymoogly
really getting into the weeds.

If the USPS closed its doors...the good ol' USofA would be in immediate chaos and in a full blown depression far greater than the last one...almost overnight and perhaps that was the intent of the outrageous and onerous poison pill "our" intrepid Mafia congress slapped on the USPS with the clear understanding it would destroy it...and so it has.
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MadMaddie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-04-11 06:58 PM
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35. Thanks for the information
The Constitution is the only thing that will save it. The Republicans don't like the Constitution and they commit treason everytime they attack the Constitution as far as I am concerned..


Thank you for your service!
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blondie58 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-04-11 08:13 PM
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62. welcome to du, summerschild!
From a fellow retiree- NALC branch #47
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summerschild Donating Member (12 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-04-11 09:46 PM
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91. Fellow Retiree

Thanks for the welcome, hard working friend!
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-04-11 09:16 PM
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81. Dreams may not be only for Republicans anymore.
Please see Reply 76, then Reply 68 and the article at the link in Reply 68.
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Name removed Donating Member (0 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-04-11 09:58 PM
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no_hypocrisy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-04-11 05:11 PM
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18. I'm thinking of the late fees that will be charged if I don't mail my credit card payment the same
day I get it. It won't be easy to predict when a letter will be delivered unless you send it FedEx and pay $15 for the letter.
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pitohui Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-04-11 05:27 PM
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20. no one pays credit card bills by mail anymore
i am angry about the slowdown in postal service but for a real reason, not an invented one

you can predict to the day by paying online and scheduling your payment, as everybody has been doing now for many years, one of the reasons that the post office can't sell as many first class stamps as they once did

the postal service provides a MUCH cheaper parcel delivery service than the private firms and they do it faster to ALL addresses, whereas the private services refuse to deliver to certain addresses such as post office boxes...that's my concern

we sometimes get a netflix in the mail the very next day, i've gotten cards and coupons with a two or three day turnaround, i can ship a package weighing 30 pounds that would cost me i'm afraid to think how much by ups for only $15 in a large flat rate shipping box...the postal service saves me, as a small person making some part time sales through the mail, a TON of money

shutting down the postal service is destructive to small individuals just starting out or who only sell a few items a month through the mail, it takes the profit of their small business if they ship heavy items

that's real

paying a credit card bill late, when no one pays by mail anymore, is not real and it just makes "them" think we don't have a legitimate argument

when trying to save this service and these good jobs with good benefits...let's put forward our BEST most believable arguments and not arguments that will be laughed off
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RebelOne Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-04-11 06:56 PM
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32. No one pays any bills by mail anymore.
All my bills are paid online through my bank. and I also have automatic payments set up.
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Ed Suspicious Donating Member (336 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-04-11 07:22 PM
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47. No-one except people like me. n//t
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ProfessionalLeftist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-04-11 09:04 PM
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78. So do I but the bank still has to mail checks to some vendors
who do not accept electronic payments - so if you aren't mailing a check, the bank is via the bill pay service.
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Occulus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-04-11 09:51 PM
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95. See my post below.
Your statement is false, many hundreds of thousands of times over.
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Mojorabbit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-04-11 07:02 PM
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36. We do not pay our bills online and never have.
We are not looking to do it anytime soon either.
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summerschild Donating Member (12 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-04-11 07:03 PM
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37. BAD ASSUMPTION: no one pays by mail anymore?,...
Edited on Sun Dec-04-11 07:39 PM by summerschild
Fewer pay by mail but it's in error to assume NO ONE PAYS by mail any more. Younger folks tend to think this, as computers are so much a part of their culture. Believe it or not, many people do not even own computers. Some (older or disinclined or without the resources to own them) will never pay a bill on line.

And remember the 25% of the population that Fed Ex and UPS don't reach? (They collect good money from the customer but actually pay a little to the Postal Service to deliver to that 25% - that would include boat routes like the Okefenoke Swamp or Alaska, or villages in the Grand Canyon that are served by burro.)

Figures are available that demonstrate first class volume - the numbers are staggering even with the amount that has gone to the internet. If you could see the literal mountain of mail that processes through any large city on any night, you would have no doubt that every piece of mail that properly reaches your name and address is a miracle.

IT IS STILL A LUCRATIVE BUSINESS - THAT'S WHY THEY WANT IT.
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sketchy Donating Member (112 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-04-11 07:14 PM
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44. +1
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boppers Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-04-11 07:30 PM
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52. Many people also do not own mailboxes. No reason for one.
They have cell phones, and don't need telephone companies, either.

We're in the midst of a huge cultural shift, and people are arguing about supporting old, dead, technology, and for how long.
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Scruffy1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-04-11 07:55 PM
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58. How do you get a package or legal documents on a cell phone?
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-04-11 09:40 PM
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88. With a lot of patience It's a little hard to balance them all on those little phones.
Used to be much easier when the phones were bigger.



;)
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boppers Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-04-11 10:50 PM
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110. A package? Depends on the contents. Legal documents? No reason for paper.
Just read the document on your phone.
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virgogal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-04-11 07:32 PM
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53. No one pays credit card bills by mail anymore? You need to
get around a little more.

Ridiculous statement.
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-04-11 09:22 PM
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84. Not everyone by any stretch of the imagination.
I have never paid online and hope I am never forced to pay online.

And, as you can tell from reading this thread, several other posters obviously pay by mail.
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elleng Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-04-11 09:45 PM
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89. Somehow I doubt the correctness of this assertion,
there ARE MANY of who pay by mail, like many who don't use computers, for instance seniors and those in rural areas.

As to all 'bills' can be paid electronically and by banks, not true; for example, I make regular payments to IRS for arrears, and they must be paid through the mail.
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Occulus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-04-11 09:50 PM
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94. "no one pays credit card bills by mail anymore"
Absolutely untrue. I am a USPS automation clerk. I have sorted thousands of such payments at a time, loading several hundred at once into the sorting machine (DBCS, or Delivery BarCode Sorter).

"paying a credit card bill late, when no one pays by mail anymore, is not real"

Everything else you have said is true, but these two quoted statements are 100% falsehoods without so much as a mote of truth to them. I should know. As recently as last year, I processed them DAILY.

Way more people pay their bills by mail than you believe. Way, way more. The difference between what you believe to be true and the reality of the situation could not possibly be more vast. Tens of thousands per hour at my P&DC alone, and that's just the bill payments, and does not count at all regular first-class mail or standard mail. Again, DAILY. Hundreds of thousands of payment envelopes per week. And yes, I do in fact know this to be the case. I, unlike most members of this board, am in a position to know.
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tblue37 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-04-11 11:01 PM
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112. I do. Just recently our local hospital had to warn its people who paid their bills online
that their site had been hacked and all that financial information had been compromised.

I won't do automatic bill pay.
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tblue37 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-04-11 11:09 PM
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115. Our local water department was charging people for late payments when they paid their bill
with an automatic payment from their banks. Even though the payments were alwyas going out on time, the utility department was not crediting the accounts right away. But the late charge was labeled ambiguously on the bills, so people didn't realize for years that their payments had been late every month, because they all thought it was just some sort of small surcharge of the sort that sometimes gets tacked on to utilities of various sorts.

When one woman finally asked what the extra little charge was for, she was shocked to discover that she had been paying a late cahrge every month for over 2 years, despite having an automatic on time payment arranged through her bank, because the computer program at the utility department did something hinky with the way it was crediting such payments.

When the newspaper did an article about the situation, the public made enough noise that the utilities department suddenly found a way to reprogram their computers, even though they had originally assured the reporter that there was no way they could fix the way the program credited those payments.

Paper trails are useful.

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Skittles Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-06-11 07:16 PM
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183. are you really that dim?
PLENTY of people in America still mail checks for bills
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ooglymoogly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-04-11 07:56 PM
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59. A suggestion that has calmed my nerves on this subject; pay it online....then there is no question.
Another way is to, if you have a checking account, pay it with Billpay, wherein the money is taken directly out of your account and the record is clear.
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-04-11 09:37 PM
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87. I would never put my bank account information online, but maybe that is just me.
Depending upon your credit card company, it may offer a free payment by phone service. You may want to call them and check. That makes me almost as uneasy as putting my bank info online, but not quite as uneasy.

I actually have a bank branch in my neighborhood to which I can walk and hand my check to the teller, but my neighborhood is unusual.
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defendandprotect Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-04-11 06:13 PM
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23. Have we seen Obama or Dems out there telling the public the truth about this fiasco???
Fighting for the post office?

Isn't that what they're supposed to be doing?

Rather, we're seeing that the RW pressures on the PO over the last 20 years

have accomplished their goal now of totally destroying it in order to turn

the business over to private hands!!

PO is our largest government employer! And there goes another union!!

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ooglymoogly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-04-11 08:01 PM
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60. +1 If he did do this the people would be up in arms
and congress would be forced to rescind its ridiculous poison pill. The problem is they have already given the 50+billions to the voracious 1%ers who they serve like fluffers on a sadistic porn set.
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defendandprotect Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-04-11 10:36 PM
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106. Agree 1000% --- but corporate $$ buys a lot of Dem Party SILENCE -- !!
Shamefully -- !!!


We need to be chanting -- "Who are you selling yourself to today, Senator?"

Or "Mr. President?" --

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SoapBox Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-04-11 08:34 PM
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67. Super Duper Ditto!
D and D...you are spot on...once again.
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-04-11 09:46 PM
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90. What I have seen
Please see Reply 76, then Reply 68. In Reply 68, you will find a link to an article entitled "What were you thinking, Mr. President."

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hack89 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-05-11 04:55 PM
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163. He doesn't want to embarrass Henry Waxman
and the other Democrats that co-sponsored this legislation.
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lib2DaBone Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-04-11 06:20 PM
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24. We're Number 1.. but we can't even get a letter delivered in the U.S....
....the Corporations and their privately owned Politicians have whored this country out so bad we are on poverty's doorstep.
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defendandprotect Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-04-11 07:05 PM
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39. +1000% k/r
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bertman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-04-11 06:25 PM
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26. At our Occupy Chapel Hill the Direct Action working group made this suggestion:
when you get those unsolicited applications for credit cards from groups like Citigroup, Wells Fargo, etc. simply place the blank information packet in the return envelope they provide for you and mail it back to them. They get to pay the postage on it. It was also suggested that you stuff it with other papers so the weight of the envelope increases the fee paid by the corporate sender.

I'm not sure if this helps or hurts the USPS, but it sounded like a great way to get the corporate mass mailers to back off and to pay more money for their unsolicited trashing of our mail boxes.

REC.


Also, if this does help the USPS, why wouldn't we send EVERY unsolicited item back in the enclosed postage-paid envelope?

Please chime in and let me know if this plan is not a good one.

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alp227 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-04-11 09:26 PM
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85. LOL! Mass Business Reply Mailings!
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-04-11 09:48 PM
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92. Thanks, Bertman. I hope this is a viable plan. I like it.
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ooglymoogly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-04-11 10:09 PM
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103. Ding, ding, dong...I think that is a wonderful idea....I can't see how
it could hurt the Post...just more paid for business.
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mac56 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-05-11 03:18 PM
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155. I'll see your suggestion and raise it.
Wrap up a brick, and tape the envelope to it. Do your part to increase revenue for USPS.
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bertman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-05-11 06:40 PM
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169. Some of the folks suggested putting a wooden shim (like the kind you buy
at any building supply store) in the envelope. Apparently, if it does not bend it costs the corporation more money. Plus the shim adds weight. But not like a BRICK!

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butterfly77 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-04-11 06:36 PM
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27. This is what republicons want..`
the more jobs they can make the country lose the better for them they think,before the next election.

They are trying to get rid of things that have been good for this country for decades but it is all about them WINNING.


They don't give a FUCK about this country.
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-04-11 09:56 PM
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96. I greatly doubt it is only Republicans.
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chervilant Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-04-11 07:05 PM
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40. Yet another reason
I've lost all respect for the Obama administration...
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sketchy Donating Member (112 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-04-11 07:12 PM
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43. Look at the USPS Board of Governors for who to blame
Read post #25 by new DU member summerschild.

Here's one quote:
The "Governors" are powerful political appointments, made by the US President. All the current governors but one (Dennis J. Toner appointed in 2010 by Obama) were appointed by George W. Bush. There are nine governors.

All are Republicans except Toner and Thurgood Marshall (though many democrats would disagree that Marshall is a democrat.) Postal Gov. James C. Miller III is currently a member of the board of Americans for Prosperity (Tea Party/Koch founded). Ain't that cute?
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-04-11 10:05 PM
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102. Please See Reply 76. and then Reply 68. Thanks.
Edited on Sun Dec-04-11 10:06 PM by No Elephants
It is encouraging to see that someone had a response other than "my team is all things wonderful and nothing but all things wonderful."

The teams are 99%, 1% anymore, but so few seem to want to let go of the "red team, blue team" paradigm, even when it doesn't fit.

I guess it's worked (or seemed to) for the better part of a century, so shaking it up is very, very difficult, even though the occupiers sure have been trying their best.
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ooglymoogly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-04-11 07:27 PM
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51. Tis a funny thing Dipsydoodle, how you so casually forgot or did not point
Edited on Sun Dec-04-11 08:06 PM by ooglymoogly
out or even mention, by far the most salient point of this fraud... why it is that the USPS is going bankrupt and how it has nothing to do with its true financial condition which is far more than healthy and would be running a huge surplus if not for the criminal thugs in congress legislating a poison pill for them, just as they did for medicare.
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graywarrior Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-04-11 07:49 PM
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56. What a clusterfuck
That means anyone who gets a check or important papers in the mail will have to wait longer. Union busting at its finest.
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certainot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-04-11 08:15 PM
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63. shitwad republicans
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Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-04-11 08:34 PM
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66. And that's just how the Republicans want it
Another step in their attempt to privatize a service that dates back to the founding of this country.
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blaze Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-04-11 08:46 PM
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70. USPS Retirement funding
Am I correct in my belief that the main problem breaking the USPS is a law that requires them to fund their retirement system for a stupid amount of years?

Can someone link me to info that I can pass along?
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summerschild Donating Member (12 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-04-11 10:22 PM
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104. Link - one of many -

Loads of better links out there but I had saved this one because the article was pretty comprehensive and it provided a comparable to FedEx in the marketplace (last paragraph quoted below).

http://thedailycougar.com/2011/09/15/privatization-of-u... /

Skip
What is not disclosed is that most of the USPS deficit is actually the result of Congress imposing a ridiculous mandate.
The USPS is required to fully fund its retiree benefits for the next 75 years, and it must do so by the year 2016. This costs the agency nearly $6 billion dollars a year. In effect, this is a fiscal death spiral; they must take out a loan to pay for a future that becomes less likely to happen the more money they borrow.

Skip
However, proponents for privatization claim that the cost to consumers would be reduced by removing the mail service from government control. But market prices suggest otherwise. Currently, a 44 cent stamp will get a letter from Houston to New York in two to three days. According to the FedEx website, two-day delivery of a similar letter to the same destination will cost between $20-30 dollars.
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PatrynXX Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-04-11 08:52 PM
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74. can't imagine them being suicidal and slowing Netflix delivery
but that should speed up their demise... if they do.

only reason I think the USPS is still around is because of Netflix.
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plumbob Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-04-11 10:47 PM
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108. Our business takes orders online and ships via USPS.
Around a hundred or so packages a day. I wouldn't take a free subscription to Netflix.

And the small packages of jewelry we mail first class go for around $3 to anyplace in the country in two or sometimes three days. Same packages would be $30 by UPS or FedEx to the places they do go. Since the items contained cost less than $50, we'd be out of business.

Plus scheduling every pickup with those other guys, instead of the carrier coming every day to see if you have something to send? TIME is worth something, isn't it, still?

For those who loved pumping their own gas, adore checking and carrying their own groceries, performing all the executive functions of a shipper for no pay will be a delight!
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girl gone mad Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-04-11 11:37 PM
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121. A lot of small businesses are in the same boat.
They depend on low rates to stay alive.

Even more so to stay competitive internationally.
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-04-11 11:02 PM
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113. The only reason you can imagine for USPS's still being around is Netflix?
Edited on Sun Dec-04-11 11:11 PM by No Elephants
Ebay ring a bell?

Catalog companies?

Small businesses?

People sending birthday, anniversary, graduation, birth, holiday, etc. greetings and gifts?

Birth announcements?
.
Wedding invitations?

Mail from Congresscritters and others running for office?

Magazine subscriptions?

And on and on

Oh, well. I can't imagine any reason at all why Ron Paul is still running, but the troll just won't go away.
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luv_mykatz Donating Member (198 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-04-11 09:21 PM
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83. I HATE repulicans!
:mad: :puke: :grr: :nuke:

This is a clusterfuck indeed! Ack!

Did I mention that I HATE repukes?!? Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-04-11 09:57 PM
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99. I don't think it's only Republicans.
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ooglymoogly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-04-11 11:04 PM
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114. You are right...Dino's are just as dangerous if not more so....
because their very existence is a fraud.
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elleng Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-04-11 09:49 PM
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93. I pray that THIS WILL RESULT IN WE THE PEOPLE
rising up in such a way as to force f******g Congress to change the damned legislation.
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HeiressofBickworth Donating Member (25 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-04-11 11:42 PM
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122. I have a questions for the scholars among you
Article I, Section 8 of the constitution says that Congress will have the power (but apparently not the obligation) to establish post offices. Read in a literal sense, it could mean that the government only has the power (and not the obligation) to provide a brick/mortar facility for postal services. Taken in a more general sense, could this mean that the government has the Constitutional obligation to preform post office services as well? In any event, could the closing of the USPS be construed as an unconstitutional act and therefore require a Constitutional amendment to do so? Could this provision be construed to allow USPS to sell off all its assets (like a corporate take-over we are all too familiar with)on the sacred "open market". The new corporate master would provide the service at whatever price and in whatever manner it determines would be the most profitable to it.
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Lugnut Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-05-11 12:17 AM
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123. My niece will lose her job.
If she has sufficient seniority she might be eligible for a job at the remaining mail handling location. The commute would be 60+ miles one way and she can't consider relocation. This is an unnecessary blow to a lot of her co-workers too. :(
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Scruffy1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-05-11 08:20 AM
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138. The plan is the destruction of the Postal Service.
Employees at Network Distribution Centers are working 12 hour days, many seven days a week and can't keep up with the mail. I suspect that the whole plan is the destruction of the Postal Service.

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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-05-11 03:33 PM
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156. Sure seems that way. See what the Democrats and Republicans can accomplish when they work together?
They can take from the people and the nation a service that existed before the nation existed, the only federal agency in the Constitution of the United States.

Yeayyyy, for Fed Ex, Parcel Post and the others.

They win.

We lose.

Again.
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toddwv Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-05-11 12:26 AM
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124. I don't think that people realize the devastating effect this will have on the economy.
Edited on Mon Dec-05-11 12:33 AM by toddwv
It will swift and dramatic because many small businesses (and large for that matter) depend on the Post Office. Unfortunately, once it is done, it will be nearly impossible to reverse.

It is seriously disturbing that they are willing to play with this hot of a fire while the economy is so tepid and unstable.

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Blue_Tires Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-05-11 02:19 PM
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153. talk radio and the media have played their parts, too...
I have a couple of co-workers with the mindset of: "Well, they NEED to shut down the postal service!! If any other business lost that much money they would close their doors! Why are my tax dollars propping up a failure??"

I try to talk sense to them but it's useless
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Marrah_G Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-05-11 12:30 AM
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125. Oh great, that just might be the final nail in the coffin of the small business I work for
There is no way we can compete with big companies via internet or media advertizing. The collapse of the economy and mortgage industry has already put us on the precipice.
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on point Donating Member (613 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-05-11 01:30 AM
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128. Charge first class rates for the ad trash already!!
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-05-11 09:48 AM
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140. They PRC will not let them increase rates.
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tilsammans Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-05-11 11:44 AM
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142. Ditto!
Make the junkmailers pay more!
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gtar100 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-05-11 02:12 AM
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130. Oh that's gotta tickle the hearts of many a republican.
It's what they want - proof that the government doesn't work. And by crippling it's programs, they prove themselves right. What smart cookies they are.
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-05-11 03:44 PM
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158. Would you please explain to me how Repubicans are doing this on their own,
with Bush out of the White House since January 2009, Democrats in control of Congress from January 2007 through January 2011 and Democrats still holding a majority in the Senate?

Please?

I don't mean to single you out, but I have seen one post after another blaming this on Republicans and only Republicans. That makes no rational sense to me.

So, if you can explain to me how Republicans have managed this on their own, I'd appreciate it.

See also, Reply 68 http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...


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gtar100 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-05-11 07:19 PM
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171. First of all, it's not right of you to ask me to argue a point I did not make.
Edited on Mon Dec-05-11 07:24 PM by gtar100
I said nothing of republicans having "managed it on their own" - that's an important distinction and if I understand your concern, I am aware that there are more forces at work than what can simply be labeled "Republican". Many Democrats share in the culpability. Blue Dogs I believe they were called. DINO might also be an appropriate label. "Spineless" would fit others. Then there are the Libertarians and their blessed belief in the invisible hand of the market place. Corporate self-interest and incessant lobbying is another force(probably the most important one...but which party bends over for them without fail? Republicans. Yes, Republicans).

But having said that, we wouldn't be in this mess that is leading to our governmental institutions failing us if it weren't for Republicans. Yes, Republicans. And if you want to get more specific - Conservative Republicans. But there really are hardly any other types these days. "Conservative" is their crown.

Do I need to repeat history here? Republican legislation to break unions, the weakening and elimination of business regulations, Republican presidents assigning industry whores and lobbyists to our regulatory agencies (a-la Reagan, Bush I and II) blocking legislation that would actually fix the problems that our public institutions are having, etc., etc. The most insipid and anti-public initiatives come from Republicans. Yes, Republicans. Just compare the congressional legislative bills that passed under the leadership of Nancy Pelosi to any time the Republicans held a majority. And remember who blocked just about every one of those bills - Republicans. Yes, Republicans.

Which party stands behind all initiatives to privatize of all our public institutions? Which party wants to privatize Social Security? Which party pushed through legislation to require the Postal Service hold funds for its pension plan 75 years into the future? That's an unprecedented requirement!

I'm not going to repeat ad infinitum all the crap legislation that Republicans (yes, Republicans) have passed over these last 30 to 40 years with their domination of our political system. Seriously, do you need an explanation? Just who the hell is telling everyone that government is the problem and should be minimized, reduced to god-knows-what? Or do we live in a different universe and I accidentally posted to one in which Republicans actually value the role of government in the interest of public good? If so, I stand corrected.

Then again, I'll give you this... If elected Democrats had actually fought for progressive and liberal principles with the dignity and integrity that is inherent in those principles, we might be in a different place today. The Democratic party has been an ineffective counter-balance to the bullshit that conservatives, via the Republicans, have laid on us over that last 30 to 40 years. Why that is, is a whole other discussion.
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dotymed Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-05-11 07:18 AM
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137. A major part of American infrastructure being privatized.
Hey, this is the same thing that rethug governors have been doing to their states. Leasing toll roads on 75 year contracts (Indiana's Mitch Daniels), Privatization of public utilities so that everything is profit based and the pols can get get more lobbyist money which comes from regular Americans.
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pam4water Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-05-11 12:06 PM
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146. I just can't believe how stupid this whole thing is.
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Crunchy Frog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-05-11 12:13 PM
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148. The Postal Service is for the"little people". They should be grateful that they even have one.
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-05-11 03:47 PM
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159. LOL. Damn Framers. Giving away things away to the hoi polloi in the Constitution.
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martigras Donating Member (29 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-05-11 03:06 PM
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154. this is all union busting and payback
The post office is the largest employer of unionized workers in the country. The Republicans passed a law under Bush which is no more than a poison pill, forcing them to fund 80 years of medical benefits in 10 years. That's why they are going broke. The Republicans want to bust the union and payback their UPS and Fed Ex donors. Where are the Democrats?????
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-05-11 03:52 PM
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160. That law could have been repealed any time between January 2009
and January 2011.

They've got over 90% of our wealth as it is. And by "they," I do not mean only Republicans.

We need to finally wake up and smell the coffee before we are stripped of even the change in our couch cushions.

Or we can keep making believe.
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hack89 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-05-11 04:56 PM
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164. It was bi-partisan legislation - Henry Waxman was a co-sponsor.
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Liberalynn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-06-11 10:28 AM
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181. Think of all the late fees and interest payments the Big Banks
can collect too. For those people who don't have the internet and can't pay their bills on line, they are going to have to send their payments out way early or risk fines and penalties. If your P.C. breaks down and it takes time to repair or replace you're basically screwed. BB doesn't even have to take the blame, they just get to scapegoat the P.O.

Oh well. The Big Banksters have to "make more profit" some how. They're all that matters anymore.

:sarcasm:
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HeiressofBickworth Donating Member (25 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-06-11 11:45 PM
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184. Vote by Mail
The county in which I live is entirely vote-by-mail. The half of the state in which I live is predominately Democratic and the other half is predominately Republican. So envision this scene: Late October, 2010, ballots are in the mail. The ballots from the Republican half of the state are duly sent and arrive before election day. Ballots from the west side are taken through the slow track and somehow just don't show up until after election day. This new plan on delaying delivery of mail could swing state elections and even national ones.
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