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Fri Aug 3, 2012, 11:32 PM

As U.S. Postal Service Faces Default, Critics See Manufactured Crisis to Push Privatization



...We discuss the fight over the Postal Service with Democratic Rep. Dennis Kucinich of Ohio and Chuck Zlatkin of the New York Metro Area Postal Union. "The American people have to wake up here about what is happening with the postal service," Kucinich says. "The whole concept of the postal service, embedded in that, is universal service. That if you're poor, you live in a rural area, you're going to get served just like someone who lives in a city and who may be wealthy."

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limpyhobbler Aug 2012 OP
Angry Dragon Aug 2012 #1
limpyhobbler Aug 2012 #3
Fresh_Start Aug 2012 #2
limpyhobbler Aug 2012 #4
Fresh_Start Aug 2012 #5
limpyhobbler Aug 2012 #6
JDPriestly Aug 2012 #7
blkmusclmachine Aug 2012 #8

Response to limpyhobbler (Original post)

Fri Aug 3, 2012, 11:44 PM

1. I believe it would take a Constitutional Amendment

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Response to Angry Dragon (Reply #1)

Sat Aug 4, 2012, 12:12 AM

3. I don't have it in front of me right now

and can't look it up. Things load so slow on this supposed "smartphone". But I think the Constitution just requires Congress to establish a postal service. I don't think there is anything in it that would prevent privitizing services. The privitizers could force the USPS to use contractors to provide some of its services, up to and even including the regular mail delivery. Even including operating the post offices and hiring the employees. I wish the Constitution did provide more protection for the post office.

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Response to limpyhobbler (Original post)

Fri Aug 3, 2012, 11:53 PM

2. Sounds like a major impediment to small business everywhere

for those of you who think you don't use government services, lets see how well you fare if the post office is privitized

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Response to Fresh_Start (Reply #2)

Sat Aug 4, 2012, 12:19 AM

4. Anybody that mails stuff. It's bound to drive up the price of stamps.

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Response to limpyhobbler (Reply #4)

Sat Aug 4, 2012, 12:22 AM

5. yes but it frequently seems like things that are bad for business

get more attention than things that are bad for average people

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Response to Fresh_Start (Reply #5)

Sat Aug 4, 2012, 12:27 AM

6. It would be bad for business.

Probably would be a drag on the whole economy and a job killer.

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Response to limpyhobbler (Original post)

Sat Aug 4, 2012, 02:16 AM

7. If the post office were privatized, then presumably the privatized post office

would not be subject to the Bill of Rights -- let's say the 4th Amendment.

How handy for the snoops.

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Response to limpyhobbler (Original post)

Sat Aug 4, 2012, 02:42 AM

8. Waiting for "SuperPostman"

 

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