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Postal Service: Legislation Needed to Change Fed Burden For Profit Sake

September 8, 2011 by  

Postal Service: Legislation Needed to Change Fed Burden For Profit Sake

Without legislative action, the U.S. Postal Service will most likely default by the end of September, according to a press release issued Tuesday. The agency lacks the funding to meet a Congressionally mandated $5.5 billion payment to pre-fund Postal Service retiree health benefits.

“The Postal Service is in a crisis today because it operates within a restrictive business model and has limited flexibility to respond to a changing marketplace,” Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe told the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs on Tuesday. “We need the ability to operate more as a business does. This applies to the way we provide products and services, allocate resources, configure our retail, delivery and mail processing networks and manage our workforce.”

The Postal Service has blamed the current economic climate and the increased use of electronic communication for a significant drop in the amount of First Class and Standard mail that the agency handles, a trend that is predicted to continue indefinitely. Over the past four years, the agency has cut costs by about $12 billion and let go about 110,000 employees. In order to meet profitability in its current state, the Postal Service must make an additional $20 billion in cuts by 2015: This means large-scale lay-offs, post office closings and a major reduction in services.

 

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“Without legislative change this year, the Postal Service faces default, as available liquidity at the end of this month will be insufficient to meet our financial obligations. Even our unavoidable default on the required $5.5 billion RHB pre-payment and the suspension of our employer contribution to the defined benefit portion of the Federal Employees’ Retirement System (FERS) will not stave off financial disaster,” Donahoe said. “After reimbursing the Department of Labor (DOL) $1.3 billion for workers’ compensation payments in October 2011, we will have liquidity equal to approximately one week’s operating expenses.  Foregoing the RHB pre-payment this year, without fundamental changes in the funding schedule, will likely only forestall insolvency until this time next year.”

The Postal Service says it is not looking for a bailout, but legislation that will ease its operational burdens. Among the legislative action on the failing agency’s wish list: an amendment that would change the way its $5.5 billion in annual retirement health benefits is handled; a return of $6.9 billion in Federal Employees Retirement System overpayments; the authority to change the agency’s healthcare system to make it independent of the Federal system; and the authority to set its own delivery schedule, product policy and new-hire practices.

The size of the Postal Service workforce must also be addressed to meet the 2015 goal. In order to return to profitability, the Postal Service will have to to reduce its career workforce by about another 220,000, but it is unable to do so under the terms of existing collective bargain agreements. To ease workforce reductions, the Postal Service is asking Congress to allow it to use Reduction-in-Force (RIF) provisions currently applicable to Federal competitive service employees for positions held by bargaining unit employees.

 

Sam Rolley

Staff writer Sam Rolley began a career in journalism working for a small town newspaper while seeking a B.A. in English. After learning about many of the biases present in most modern newsrooms, Rolley became determined to find a position in journalism that would allow him to combat the unsavory image that the news industry has gained. He is dedicated to seeking the truth and exposing the lies disseminated by the mainstream media at the behest of their corporate masters, special interest groups and information gatekeepers.

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  • s c

    Restricted business model, my aching asterisk! The business wizards at the P O couldn’t operate a pop stand with Donald Trump and The London School of Economics serving as directors.
    I’ll buy the first round of drinks. Scrap the P O. They’ve had many chances over the years to remove their incompetent heads from their collective rumps. They will not listen or do the right thing, so #^&*^ the P O. End of story.

    • Vic Bailey

      They need to get themselves another UNION, you know the very people that put them in this spot. Just like the unions have overpriced the workers and won’t let incompentent employees be fired, and then wonder why they can’t keep up with the expense!! Just like the Federal government workers, you let them make 3 times what a worker in the private sector, get 10 times the amount of time and holidays off, 10 times the amount of sick days plus a lot better health care and wonder why the country is going broke, the taxpayers are paying those usless government workers on the 1/3 of the salary. Simple figures don’t lie. And all of this is done so the Senators and Congressmen don’t have to do their jobs, yet keep them, all the while helping the very people that are destroying our great country.
      Semper Fi.

      • Keith

        Sorry Vic!! Your tax dollars DO NOT pay the salaries of Postal Workers. This seems to be one of the largest misconceptions about the U.S.Postal Service. They are not funded by the Federal government, however they are unfairly regulated by them. Do a little research and find out what takes place after you stick your 44 cent stamp on a letter and place it in your mail box. If you can find a cheaper way to get a letter written by the hand of one of your loved ones, I am sure the Postal Service would like to hear from you. They do have dead beat employees, what corporation of it’s size does not? I understand the impact of e-mail, texting, tweeting, etc. has on the Postal Service. However if you have the need for an original signed document, you just can’t fax that.
        Semper Fi.

        • DENNIS

          The post office is required to locate its offices in the minority part of town, so as to make sure it hires the most minorities. They have to hire the quotas of the surrounding community where the post office is located insuring the least qualified, least motivated people in town. They are required to do this by Affirmative action,, quotas. This is why you see such poor customer service. When most of the workforce is hired just because they are “a minority”, and did not earn the job, they can’t be fired, it causes them to have a poor attitude towards the customer. And the rest of the workforce, that has to work harder to make up for the “quota blacks” that don’t have to work as hard, have a poor attitude at being over worked to make up for the quota blacks. I have seen blacks sitting at machines half asleep, and just hitting a single reject key, never get reprimanded just because they are a minority. When they are allowed to locate their post offices in areas that have a motivated work force, instead of locations where minorities are guaranteed a job, qualified or not, with a poor work ethic, they will improve the work force and production will improve, and they might make a profit. The most qualified, including minorities, can compete for the jobs.

          • eddie47d

            Your first sentence is bogus and makes you a race baiter. The Post Office builds accordingly to the number of folks living in a community and how many routes have to be served not racial makeup.

          • Carol J

            This is to eddie47d who as usual doesn’t know what he’s talking about. My brother and my best friend took the test to become carriers. They were the only caucasians who took the test, and they also received the highest scores. Guess which 2 people were NOT hired. And right now I’m waiting for a package for which I pay Priority Mail costs. It’s guaranteed to be delivered in 3 days or less. This is day 8 since it was shipped, and I still haven’t received it and the mail is not put up until noon here. Since there is no home mail delivery on my street, I have to use the post office. I have to pay $56 a year for a box in spite of the fact I’m supposed to get a free box when they don’t deliver.

          • eddie47d

            Your answer had nothing to do with my comment Carol. Anyway No one gets a free postal box at the Post Office so what are you thinking? Now as far as those tests go it’s suppose to be whoever gets the highest score plus 5-10 points for being a veteran. The Post Office has literally thousands of veterans working there black,white,Asian,Spanish. So maybe being a vet got them the advantage.

          • Song

            Eddie (sigh) when was the last time you took a test for a government job? Not only are you given preference for being a vet you are given preference for the color of your skin! That is entirely factual, true and correct, 100%!

          • libertytrain

            Song, I think it might be any government employee that gets preference – and you’re right about being a vet – It isn’t easy getting in unless you are a vet or know someone or score so high above those with preferential treatment that they absolutely can’t say no – probably true for all the other Fed jobs as well —

          • Dan az

            Eddie
            Not true I don’t pay for my po bx its free because they don’t deliver.

          • Russ

            There is truth to this.I deliver to alot of post offices and find it is the area where the po is located. if it is in a suburb or small city the work ethic is alot better. I will be in and out within 30 min with 30 or so skids of mail in the suburban po. If I am in the city I can be held up for hours for just a few skids (4or5). People are sleeping on forklifts the checker is busy on the cell phone sometimes they cant even find a forklift driver and when they do he/she is moving so slow it can put you to sleep. I delivered to one in the metro Chicago area where it took the supervisor several pages and over a half hour just to find the checker, when he found her she said I would have to wait until shift change to get unloaded (2 more hours) even though there was not another truck in the dock and not 1 skid of mail on the dock. She (a minority) said she was going to lunch. 2 hours?

        • natrlpro

          Keith is right. I get sick and tired of people that have no idea what they are talking about. The mainstream media lies all the time or stretch the truth for headlines. The truth is that the Federal Retirement Fund has basically stole all the retirement money. They have screwed USPS. The media and others try to surmise it by saying that technology and this and that are the cause. Plain and simple the Fed stole their retirement just like social security. We need to wake up in this country. If you don’t really look into Ron Paul we are headed for a 3rd world country. Without the USPS, Social Security, No retirement because of the robbery of our 401k’s and the Fed printing money it will seem that way in short order. This is what Paul is fighting.

          • USAF VET

            Eddie, you are quite wrong about the hiring policies of the P.O. When I took the test for Clerk/Carrier there were 6 of us taking it. Three of us had military points, two caucasian and one black guy who was a retired Master Sgt, one was an aisian who spoke with a British accent. The other two were Vietnamese who had to have the test read to them because they couln’t even read English. Guess who got the two jobs they were offering. You guessed it, the ones that had the test read to them. So don’t tell me about Post Office hiring practices. And on the subject of not paying for a box at the P.O. I don’t pay for mine because there is no home delivery in our community and by Post Office regulations I don’t have to pay for it. Now put that in your smoke and pipe it.

        • slayerwulfe

          Absolutely correct only ‘post’ what you are sure of or ask a question.

        • Dan az

          Keith
          If we don’t pay them then who does?And where dose it come from?

          • Keith

            Dan
            First let me tell you that I am a retired Postal employee. After 31 years of service I have two shoulders that are completely messed up to the point I am unable to lift anything of significant weight or reach over my shoulder. So what seems to be a very easy job with high pay and excellent benefits can, and does, destroy your body.
            To answer your question though. The money comes from the revenue of stamps, P.O. Box rentals, and other services rendered. The Postal Service is very competitive with mailing rates. They also deliver to “EVERY” address is the United States. There are still places where mail is delivered by horse back, snow sled, and sea planes to extreme and remote places. The American people have learned through their lifetime to make the Postal Service the brunt of many jokes. However, few of them actually know anything about the inside workings of the Postal Service. For most of the young people in this country, who are more technical minded, the loss of the Postal Service will have less impact. However, for a lot of the elderly, poor, and mentally challenged folks it could be devastating. Many people in this country are home bound and depend on the Postal Service to deliver their personal mail, since they neither own or know how to operate a computer. I myself use a lot of electronic mail and transaction, but my dad, who is 84, struggles with trying to use a computer to find out the amount of money deposited in his account that he was forced to have direct deposited. Like I said in my earlier post. The Postal Service has some bad employees. My question to you and others is this. Are all of your fellow employees good, honest, and hard working.

          • Dwight

            Keith , are can you screw up your shoulders , when you carry two bags ? I mean , they carry on your shoulders but , I can’t see that . I worked as a steel worker , and I carried over 120 pounds of bolts and nuts , and my tools , and a lot of weighting , over 250 pounds . And not once did I hurt myself . As for how bad the P.O. got , it’s not only the union , but the workers too . On top of that , I don’t know where they hire the management , but I can tell you that a lot of grade fivers can do a better job then them . And that’s being polite . As I said , the workers are to blame too . I drove trucks too , and when I went to Cleveland once , to drop off my load and then go to Pa.. I got there early in Cleveland , and ask them if they would unload me .and they said ” no , you have to wait for your time to be unloaded . ” But , come my time unload time , they said that they have to unload the P.O. drivers first , which were only two of them . Any ways they make me late for the load off in Pa. , and which make me late for the rest of the trip , which was 6 P.O.’s in three states . I thought that any mail truck was mail of the U.S. P.O. . Guess I was wrong .

      • apple eater

        They don’t need a UNION at all.

        What is this Federal Empoyee business. Ask any one of them and they will tell you they are a PRIVATE BUSINESS with no ties to the FEDS. The only reason they have to go to the Fed for rate increases is because they have a monopoly on the service they “give”. Well that is an anomoly unto itself. They don’t really give much service in the first place. Either I get someone elses mail or mine doesn’t arrive at all. I have one purchase I made that was shipped

        • apple eater

          COMMENTS CONTINUED:

          My poackage was sent 4 times and only the 4th one ever arrived. My carrier made the claim that she never made mistakes and if I hada problem I needed to take it to the Postmaster, which I did. She regularly delived somebody elses mail to me and I would find my mail had been delivered to 2 other addresses. The package also had delivery confirmation and it was declared delivered but nobody knew where as it wasn’t signed for.

          They alwasy tell you the USPS is a Private Corporation but the US Governement is always bailing them out and don’t forget their benefits come through the Federal Employees’ Retirement System (FERS) that is ONLY for FEDERAL EMPLOYEES. Please tell me how that works if it is a Private Corp.

          I am tired of the preferential treatment some corporations and federal employees get while the feds are rapeing everybody eleses retirement and Social Security until the coffers are empty. We paid into retirement programs and there is no guarantee we will see a penny or get the medical care we were told we would get, yet ehy want to complain about them not getting their retirement benefits.

          NO UNION has a right to demand memmbership, wages or benefits to the detriment of the nation or to the demise of a business – Lockheed being their latest target. The Unions are nothing but mobsters under a differnet lable and think nothing of violence to get thier way. I don’t think as a rule the individual members would think or do anything wring but as a group worked up by the union bosses, it is much easeir to get into a mob mindset and become violent.

          Unions should be totally barred, their leaders assets seized and then thrown in prison and have to wrok in the conditions that Sherrif Joe uses in Arizona. That man has a lot of admirers and he must be dong something right. His jails are productive and aren’t a burden on the taxpayer. Let’s put him in charge of Immigration and use his techniques on some of the out of control arms of the Fed. Gov. and we would see some major improvements.

      • http://gmail.com Terry Henson

        Will They need to be just like the working class. They need to carry their own weight. I have had to pay for my health insurance for years. The Company that I work for now is so cheap that it doesnt even have health insurace it has supplement insurance. That doesnt cover a damn thing.

    • eddie47d

      I love the way Vic throws numbers around as facts,10 this and ten that. Credibility? Not! The Post Office has a mandate to deliver to each and every household/business in America. This has been since it’s founding and has served this country well over the years. Are they better than Fed Ex probably not but Fed Ex can pick and choose who they want to serve and can go world wide with ease. The Post Office is constrained by laws that other companies don’t have.I say open it up and let them compete fair and square with another company who have to go door to door 6 days a week. So far there haven’t been any takers on that proposition. The Post Office is unique and has to run differently in order to serve all Americans. That is something Fed Ex is not willing to do. With these new changes demanded by those who want to abolish the Post Office some rural communities and isolated businesses will not receive service from anyone. What a shame and what a loss to our traditions of having the Post Office serve all.

      • Carol J

        I have already said they do NOT deliver to every household. The town I grew up in and where my brother still lives does not have home delivery. The town I live in now has selected areas of home delivery, but mine is NOT one of them. Do some research before you make your statements.

        • Song

          You are absolutely correct Carol but then you are replying to the poster boy of “thinks he knows everything” LOL. As already pointed out, it is govt. rules and regs that are crippling if not killing the U.S. Postal Service. And yes, the postal service does not deliver everywhere or to everyone.

        • SILVER FOX

          What town is that Carol J?

          • Song

            There are several towns Silver Fox, usually in rural areas. Would you like the names of each one?

          • 45caliber

            Ingleside, TX, does not have home delivery of mail in mose areas of the town. Instead they have mailboxes (like those in the post office) on various corners. To get your mail you walk between one and two blocks to your mailbox. It takes the mail carriers far less time per route so they can have longer routes and therefore less people. They can drive right to the mail boxes.

          • Carol J

            Which one do you want to know about? Where I live or where my brother lives?

          • Christine

            In most of the towns in Wyoming there is no home delivery. You either have to go to the post office or sometimes they have spots with 30-500 PO boxes somewhat near the homes or businesses. I’m luckier than most. People mail to my physical address and it is delivered to a bank of boxes about 5 miles from my house (but at least on the way home).

            At work, we used to have direct delivery, but were switched to a bank of boxes a half mile down the road. They are so inconsistent on delivery time that we have to make 2 trips a day — one to drop off mail and one to pick up mail. The postal worker drives right by our business into a neighborhood. He wanted to deliver to us directly, but was told by the postmaster that if he delivered directly to us, the delivery guy would be fired. Not exactly what I call customer service.

      • LES

        There are places in the country that do not have delivery, you must go to the P.O. to get your mail.

        • eddie47d

          A Post Office box has always been considered a delivery.

          • Buster the Anatolian

            “The Post Office has a mandate to deliver to each and every household/business in America.”

            Your words eddie your words. A PO Box delivery IS NOT delivery to each household/business in America.

          • Buster the Anatolian

            I should add unless the household/business chooses that a PO box voluntarily as their method of delivery.

          • eddie47d

            More BS semantics by Buster.

          • http://?? Joe H.

            Why eddie? Just because you got caught squatting and eminatting BS?

      • Christine

        In Wyoming many houses and businesses cannot get direct delivery. They must go to the post office or a large bank of PO boxes.

        They are so inconsistent on delivery time that our business has to go to a mail box at one time in the day to mail our mail and make another trip to pick up mail. Our carrier drops off at a bank of PO boxes a couple miles away then drives turns and drives past our business. He wanted to deliver directly to our business, but was told that if he delivered directly to us, he would be fired. Not exactly good customer service. I say privatize. The service would be better.

        • http://?? Joe H.

          christine,
          It ahs been privatized. To a 95% extent!

          • libertytrain

            Joe – if it was truly privatized it could hire, fire, raise rates, close offices, stop Sat. mail, etc. Somewhat privatized but hands are totally tied as to what it can do. I think the only thing that changed was when this occurred all the “great benefits” of being a Federal employee ended for those hired after the change; then the crap started and serious fixing is required to fix all that has been broken because of the lack power to fix anything unless Congress says ok.

          • Dwight

            Privatized 95% he says . If it was privatized , then why do you have to go any take the State workers test ? Or is that the 5% that isn’t private ? And , if it was private , why is the Federal government is always giving them money to bail them out ? Again , is that part that isn’t private ? That’s the part that they say isn’t Federal money that goes to them , by saying that the stamps and P.O. boxes , pay for their pay . Well , it’s always my money that bails them out , last time it was 35 billion . How much will it be next time ? Of our money .

      • Dwight

        Eddie , Eddie , what will we do with you ? The P.O. doesn’t deliver house to house . And , UPS and FED EX deliver house to house , 6 times a day and 52 weeks a year . The P.O. did that before , but that was over 40 years ago .

        • CP

          Dwight, I don’t know if you are aware of this or not, but even FedEx uses the post office for last mile deliveries on items small enough they can be delivered by carrier. We found this out the hard way recently when my other half ordered something and was told it had been shipped FedEX, even given a tracking number so she could look it up on the internet to see where it was. First, it went to a town about fifty miles from here, then was delivered to our post office, even though we do have a street address, and FedEx has delivered to us in the past. Why deliver to the post office and not directly to us? Because the postal delivery charges were less than it would have cost them in fuel and driver’s time to make the trip out here.

    • wandamurline

      Set them free…remove the regulations and allow them to make it own their own….just don’t give them any tax payer monies when they are too big to fail…..make legislation stating no bail outs.

      • SILVER FOX

        The Civil Service Retirement System is over funded by Billions, that’s right, billions of dollars. The Congress does not want to return the money to the PS because then it would add to the deficit. Slick little fellows, aren’t they?

  • Sam I am

    Guess NetFlix will go extinct. Thats pretty much the only true purpose for the mail I have.

    • natrlpro

      There are so many businesses that rely on this and it will kill marketing an so forth for many. But wait a minute that is OBama’s plan to kill off Private industry so we can all work for the Fed. Are you paying the mailman every time he drives up to the house? If they go out it will be handled by private companies and then if you think you are paying out the butt for taxes to have USPS now wait to see how much private mail carriers are going to cost you.

  • Sam I am

    “Government at its best is a necessary evil, and at its worst, an intolerable one”. Forget who said this.

  • Joanne

    I own a very small business and the post office is great at delivering my small packages. They are faster and cheaper than UPS and I recommend priority mail to most of m customers. Yet, the federal offices that I ship to ask for UPS. If all government offices requested that their small packages be delivered with priority mail or express mail, the post office would not have a problem. Well, maybe we should look at those health insurance benefits for retired staff. Is the health insurance for the whole family?

    • USAF VET

      Yes, the insurance can be for the whole family. It depends on what the employee signs up for.

    • Russ

      Why are we paying for health insurance for someone that is retired? They should be on medicare. If they are not eligable for medicare that means they retired early. If the private sector employee retires early he/she has to pay for there own health insurance until medicare kicks in so it should be with the post office.

    • Matt Newell

      I worked for the post office until I retired. The pay is not that good (unless you work lots of overtime) and like most companies I worked for, I had to pay a portion of my insurance. When I retired I chose to remain in the insurance plan I had and my payments doubled. It is still a good thing because the payments are based on the group rate (not an individual rate). For me and my wife, we save in this manner because medicare parts B and D would add a sizable amount I would have to be paying the government (which is covered by the insurance). The way the rates have been going up though, I think I might have to start paying monthly into the account to keep the insurance. I have to look it over each year to see how the rates compare. If I ever drop the insurance than that is it.

      The other thing I hated was the way the union had it scammed for withdrawing from the union. You have a ten day window the have a registered letter delivered to Washington (letter delivery outside that window and you are in the union for another year).

  • Ellen

    The post office is trying to operate with both hands tied behind their back by Congress. They are unable to lay off workers they no longer need because of their union. They have unsustainable benefits required by the union. They’ve had a huge decrease in volume which means a decrease in workers, yet they can’t lay off. My guess regarding ‘new hire practices’ is that they won’t be able to get the same benefits that are bankrupting the post office. We all need the post office and I would prefer they be allowed to make needed changes rather than close. If they close, everyone loses their jobs, not just the ones they’re trying to lay off. What about that simple concept does Congress not understand? Obama wants to spend $300 billion to create jobs and yet he’s got hundreds of thousands of workers who stand to lose jobs if he and Congress don’t let them end their union stronghold. We know Obama will stand by the union.

    • http://?? Joe H.

      Ellen,
      Perhaps you missed it, but the PO has already laid off 110,000 employees!

    • http://gmail.com Terry Henson

      Has anyone really seen any good come from a union. The only thing that have heard of is working 5 days a week. Other then that I havent seen anything good about a union. they are like congress all about them and the hell with those who want to fix the problem

      • Russ

        I agree Terry, unions were needed in the 50′s but from the 60′s on they have just been a arm for the political machine. I worked at a union shop for 15 years all that retirement money is gone. All I seen there is the sluggards with the seniority get protected. I learned after the first few years and layoffs that it didn’t pay to work hard because no matter how much the company liked my performance they had to lay me off to protect the sluggard’s job due to seniority and union rules. And where did my retirement money go? To elect polititions to bail out wall street who stole half my 401k and to elect others that raided the social security fund and now tell me I might not be able to collect that either. If you or I done this it would be known as embezelment with a nice prison term (at least I would have food and a place to stay I guess when I retire).

  • Curtislow

    Call Kevin Costner. Maybe he can Help them Resurrect the Postal Service.

  • Jules Semegi

    The Post Office needs to operate as a business. 80% of the money that they take in goes to pay for union benefits. This is just an example of what unions can do when there are no limits placed on them. Unions are parasitic and need to be abolished.

    “Sam I am” The quote is from Thomas Paine one of the founding fathers of this country.

    • SILVER FOX

      Unions built this country and the middle clas. With the demise of the unions you will have two classes, the Lords and Serfs. There will be many mor serfs than lords.

      • Buster the Anatolian

        Here is an example of those unions you are so fond of sliver fox.

        “Protesters twice blocked the pathway of a train carrying grain to the terminal at the Port of Longview on Wednesday, and early Thursday morning about 500 of them stormed the facility, overwhelmed guards, dumped grain and broke windows, police said.”

        The quote is from an article talking about the teamsters union and its actions in Washington state. They also held some of the guards hostage for several hours.

        • amagi101

          Dear Buster,

          Yes, that was the West Coast Longhoremen’s Union, ILWU doing the
          usual vandalism. Thanks to a decent judge that case is not over yet.

  • AUDREY

    I THINK THAT MOST ALL UNIONS HAVE PRICED THEMSELVES OUT OF THE MARKET

    • Andy

      Audrey, You have summed it up perfectly. The unions are now all for themselves and have become political machines and it’s all about power. The workers, until they smarten up, will remain useful idiots.

  • http://www.easyinvest.co.za peter

    The internet, courier services and PostNet have all had a hand in the demise of the postal services, but all that means is that the postal service needs to adapt, improve and increase it’s service model to survive. Meet and beat the competiton with improvement of standards and service delivery is what it is called in business. Here is a perfect opportunity for Obama to assist in creating a new business model and the opportunity for many many people to be gainfully employed. He could even make the unions happy, but hey I guess he is not that smart or that interested anyway. Too busy looking in the mirror, practicing his next useless oratory or maybe his equally useless swing -who knows?

    • Ret

      Wow, obummer create a new business model? Ain’t gonna happen unless the teleprompter comes up with it. Sorry about the sarcasm, but the man won’t lead, won’t follow and won’t get out of the way.

  • Wiliam

    Weel turn the darn thing over to UPS ythey have a proven track record! Simple!

    • http://?? Joe H.

      William,
      Suggest you look into the record of UPS before you sing their praises. There are a lot of businesses that won’t use them unless their customer demands it!

      • libertytrain

        You mean the UPS that has left packages for me at houses where I don’t even know the occupants because it was more convenient in the delivery persons mind; or tied to a tree because they didn’t want to come up the drive; or left in the rain on the ground by the mailbox I never use; or left on the ground by the mailbox I sometimes use; I thought it was just UPS but FedEx sadly just pulled the same stunt leaving my delivery from DirectTV on the ground by the mailbox, two blocks from my house, in the rain that I found the next day, sprayed with cat pee. Love it. And he said he hand-delivered it to me in his/her records – not.

  • wasadoc

    Please let me throw in a word on behalf of the postal service–Back in the 70′s, there was “postal reform”, which opened the post office up to the unions. However, it did more, which is as much a part of todays problem as are the unions. The Postal Service was made into a “quasi-independent corporation”. Sounds good, right? What that boils down to is this–The postal service was a “private” business, IF it met the needs of the government, and it was “government” if it met the needs of the government. As has been done with social security and other government programs, the “government” has reached into the pockets of the post office, over the years, and taken funds that should have stayed with the office. The “government” has never been able to run a successful program of any sort, simply because they can’t keep their hands where they belong. And so to finalize: the government is actually the source of the postal services problem–hope that is clear enough, and not too confusing

  • http://n/a John Beach

    Whatever enjoyment, benefit and facilitation of personal work loads we may derive from the Personal Computer, the overall cost to society has been horrendous in terms of its ongoing elimination of jobs because of the proliferation of it. With the advantage of hindsight, had it been in the power of the government to prevent the proliferation of the computer, a virtual limitless communications center, available to anybody with money, should they have done so? The elimination of the USPS, if it occurs, is undoubtedly a consequence of NOT having prevented that proliferation, the impact of UPS,FEDEX,DIEHL et al., notwithstanding. We will probably never know the extent to which criminal activities or terrorist-related activities have been facilitated because of the PC. We can assume that our own activities on the PC–which were previously never done or were services done for us by other people–are, to some greater or lesser extent, responsible for the loss of those jobs. The advantage of private enterprise is that you pay for it when you need it and not when you do not. With the government, you pay for it all the time, whether you need it or not! That is costly and wasteful. So, USPS, good bye and good riddance, but good luck to its personnel who will have to look for other jobs! It is bittersweet to see it pass into history.

  • DENNIS

    The post office is required to locate its offices in the minority part of town, so as to make sure it hires the most minorities. They have to hire the quotas of the surrounding community where the post office is located insuring the least qualified, least motivated people in town. They are required to do this by Affirmative action,, quotas. This is why you see such poor customer service. When most of the workforce is hired just because they are “a minority”, and did not earn the job, they can’t be fired, it causes them to have a poor attitude towards the customer. And the rest of the workforce, that has to work harder to make up for the “quota blacks” that don’t have to work as hard, have a poor attitude at being over worked to make up for the quota blacks. I have seen blacks sitting at machines half asleep, and just hitting a single reject key, never get reprimanded just because they are a minority. When they are allowed to locate their post offices in areas that have a motivated work force, instead of locations where minorities are guaranteed a job, qualified or not, with a poor work ethic, they will improve the work force and production will improve, and they might make a profit. The most qualified, including minorities, can compete for the jobs.

    • libertytrain

      Another huge problem is that people are promoted solely on length of employment rather than skill levels or education.

      • Song

        As with any government agency libertytrain. It defies logic and the personal accounts by “insiders” are enough to make any rational, level-headed person with even an iota of common sense want to scream.

        • libertytrain

          Yes, I know. The stories I have been told have been enough to make me cry many times over.

          • Song

            You and me both!!! *shakes head

          • http://?? Joe H.

            libertytrain,
            see if you can get somebody from VA claims division to speak candidly to you. They are given a certain number of claims per week/ month to finish. If they go over that number, even if accurate, they are called on the carpet about it and warned!! Try getting laid off from a bank after 15 years and getting in there. That’s what happened to a friend of mine. They warned her because she went two files over for the week and she told them if they fired her she would go to the news about it and make them look real bad. They left her alone after that. she was the type that would do it, too! It’s too bad she died too early from brain cancer.

          • libertytrain

            Sorry kiddo, am sad for her and I have more stories than Doans has pills – :) – could write an expose’ —

      • SILVER FOX

        Length of employment has nothing to do with promotion. It all depends on how well you can suck up th your superiors. It’s that simple. Dopes promote dopes and the dopes just get dopier. The employees can run the system without the bosses. It’s been done in emergencies and the offices operated quite well.

        • Song

          It has everything to do with it Silver Fox, along with your gender, race and yes, who you suck up too. The point is Silver Fox, that promotions should be based on merit, nothing else.

          • libertytrain

            Song, merit and a brain, work ethic….

        • libertytrain

          To some extent you are correct. Most people with a brain do not take the promotion to supervisor for many reasons. One being the supervisor has absolutely no power to accomplish anything. And you are correct, there are a lot of dopes bringing on more dopes because they don’t want anyone with a brain to upset the apple cart by actually doing work. There are many many that actually work, however there are many many that don’t, won’t and can’t be fired – if anything, those are the ones promoted.

      • Ret

        You forgot one component. Skin color. I was turned down for over 20 promotions, with 30 years experience and an advanced degree. The promos went to people with a 2 year degree and 6 months experience, it was the big welcome wagon for an ethnic group that’s taking over a lot of our healthcare on the west coast.

  • Raggs

    The stupid basterds are figuring out that they cannot afford all of the entitlement programs… I dont feel one damm bit sorry for them!

  • Doug

    Go ahead deliver a letter to the end of your block for 44 cents.., What would it cost you to send a letter to Aunt Ettie who lives on the other side of town? Could you start your car for 44 cents? What about one to California at the end of a nearly deserted area? Sure, give it to UPS or another and see what the surcharges would be. She’s moved? another surcharge or maybe they’s just return it to you. The USPS is a bargain, by the way, does FED EX & UPS earn less or more that a Carrier? We certainly don’t get dental or eyeglasses bennies. One more point, turn the PO over to low paying workers and see how many up letters end up opened and without contents. There are carriers who have stolen from the mail but not many are willing to lose a good paying job and the number fired for doing so are few in comparison.

    • libertytrain

      I’m suddenly wondering how many people will be put out of business if magazines or that Wall Street Journal won’t be delivered – there’s so many aspects of the delivery services of the Post Office that can’t be measured with just some people don’t mail letters or that they pay their bills online; of course “everything” can be read or “accomplished” on the Internet…for those that have access -

      • http://?? Joe H.

        libertytrain,
        I’m gonna be real pizzed off if I don’t continue getting my American Rifleman! I love the stories in the Armed citizen. True happenings of armed citizens protecting THEMSELVES!

        • libertytrain

          Don’t count on UPS – they may leave it in the rain or hanging from a tree… as they’ve done at my house.

    • Raggs

      Why dont you just sit there and make up hundreds of fear mongering scare tatics to eliminate your opposition you liberal freak…

  • http://Facebook James G,Conley,Sr

    I Read Every Post on this issue!,But Here is a summation of th entire problem!
    The U.S.P.S.,Has served America Well,But IT has Long passed it’s usefulness!,Yes IT is a Useful agency,But With the on set of U.P.S./Fed ex,And all of the johnny come lately Companies.It Is a Burden on on all of U.S.
    IT is “Self Sustaining”as far as operational matters are concerned!.
    But it has been OUT DATED!,SO good riddence..
    IS Computers the Cause or demise of U.S.P.S.?,”NO”UNIONIZATION!”YES!..
    Just like every Other UNION JOB!,THEY ARE GREAT FOR THE WORKING MAN OR WOMAN!,”IF”COMMON SENSE is Used!,Rather than a MOTIVE of GREED!..
    Which is Really The Motivation of UNIONS!,But GREED IS The Way To Self-Destruction! and that is what has happened to U.S.P.S….
    ALL of The High Wages!,Exteded Leaves(FOR Any reason)JOB PROTECTION??.
    “IF THE EMPLOYEE CAN NOT or will NOT PRODUCE”,GET RID of Them!NO Protection rights,They get FIRED!RETIREMENT?”BENEFITS?,What is That?.
    At union saleries;They can Save for their own retirement,IF not!Then do as NON-Union workers!,SINK or SWIM!,IF A Person IS Not Produceing,NO PAY!……ALL of the “RETIRED UNION WORKERS”!,Are DESTROYING THE UNIONS,Drawing retirement and for what?,”NOTHING”!..
    Common Sence tells you “YOU GET NOTHING for NOTHING”…….

    • natrlpro

      The Federal Retirement Fund is the culprit. They have squandered USPS’s contribution and cannot pay it out. They have stolen the money from the fund much like how they are and have destroyed Social Security for most of us Baby Boomers that have paid in. I have a brother that has been a carrier for 20 years and a sister in law that has been with them for about 5 years. This is what they are telling me. Mainstream new is making it look like USPS is losing it’s ass. Yes they have lost some revenue but it is the retirement program the Fed has stolen that has cause all of this.

  • Donald

    The Postal service has trouble delivery the mails now. If they cut 220,000 employees we will be getting mail twice a week.

    Let FedEx take it over.

    • CP

      Yeah, let FedEX, or UPS, take over and get your mail once a week in a batch, delivered to you, or your neighbor, or a guy living ten miles away who might even open everything there to see if there is any money he can snatch. Again, FedEx and UPS both use USPS for last mile on stuff that isn’t next day delivery.

  • natrlpro

    I have a brother and sister in law both employed by USPS. What they have told me is that USPS shares it dollars in the big pot with the Federal Retirement Fund and they are suppose to handle it. Well the bottom line is that the Fed has been stealing out of the pot and the reason why USPS is now looking at default. Just like Social Security that we have been paying into all our lives the Fed has stole all that money as well. If you read the article it says USPS wants to handle it themselves. Well the problem is if they do it will take the largest contributor out of the Fund and therefore it will kill the funding for the rest of the Federal Workers. So basically USPS has put it’s trust in the Fed and have got screwed like all of us. Yes USPS has lost some revenue to Technology but look in your mailbox. You are still getting tons of mail. All that would happen if they went under would be that you an I would have to pay for delivery to a private company and get ready to pay a shiot load more. Kinda like we use to get free TV.

    • eddie47d

      You are correct natripro and the Post Office has very reasonable rates. If a private company takes over the price will shoot up higher. I mailed an envelope size package to Mexico 2 weeks ago and it cost $78 then sent another from the Post office with the same contents.The cost was $45 and guaranteed as was Fedex’s. Private doesn’t always mean less expensive.

      • LES

        The P.O. should raise their prices to cover cost of services just like Amtrack should raise the price of their services to cover the cost instead of looking for the taxpayers to bail them out.

        • libertytrain

          remember the Post Office cannot do much of anything without the approval of Congress. That’s what needs adjusting first.

        • eddie47d

          You could be correct but the government took money from the Post Office and they want it back to cover costs.

        • 45caliber

          Les: If they did, people wouldn’t bother to use them any more. Many businesses email bills where possible to their customers and so does payroll (bank deposit). you’d see a lot more of this if they did raise their rates and they know it.

  • Average Joe

    Article I, Section 8, Clause 7 of the United States Constitution, known as the Postal Clause or the Postal Power, empowers Congress “To establish Post Offices and post Roads”.

    Since we all like to talk about returning to our Constitutional foundations, why not just follow the letter of the law?

    By law the congress must provide Post Offices and post Roads. It does not however,have to deliver it to your home…correct? So, why not have the mail delivered to the post office, into post boxes… at say $10 per month, per street address (no more “home” delivery). Now, by doing this, we can totally eliminate all of the “delivery” people who also sort the mail before delivering it. This will cut all of the employees down to part time employees, because once the mail is sorted and placed in their boxes…these employees can go home….they also won’t have to use resources (gas,wear and tear on vehicles etc.) which will save even more money since they won’t have to reimburse drivers for milage. The only fulltime employees will be the Truck drivers who delver to the the Post Offices around the nation and 3-4 fulltime employees in each Post Office (depending on size and volume of mail) to help with “customer needs”. The only drawback that I can find in this is…we will need to go pick up our own mail at the Post Office (no problem) which we can do at our own leisure (once a day, week,month…whatever works for you personally). If you are a business and don’t want to send your secretary to go get your mail…arrangments can be made through the Post Office to deliver it to you and pick up from you for a nominal ($500 per month, per address)fee to cover the expenses of wear and tear,fuel, driver salary etc.
    I used to work as a relief driver many years ago…so I know first hand some of the inefficient practices in the postal system. I delivered mail on Saturdays and my main route was rated at 9.6 hours ( I could do it in 7.5 and go home with the full 9.6 hours on my paycheck). However, I could sort all of my mail in about 2 hours…which means that using my idea above would save payroll of about 7 hours per employee per day. Even if we cut them down by just 4 hours a day, when you consider the number of postal worker in the nation, that is a lot of saved money. Just an idea that I have been kicking around n my head…any imput?

    • Song

      Sounds good to me Average Joe! Most of the mail that ends up in my mailbox is unsolicited and unwanted and goes straight into the burn bin box anyway!

      • Average Joe

        That just gave me another idea to save the PO money. All of that unsolicited and unwanted mail….place a large bin at the PO. As people come to get their mail, all of the “junk” that they don’t want can be placed in the bin and the PO can sell it back to companies to be recycled. The law says they must deliver it…but once delivered…it can be tossed by us….to help the PO and the economy by recycling….Another great idea brought to you by thinking Americans…. ;)

        • 45caliber

          Joe:

          To really help the PO just put all their ads back into their return enveloped and put them back in the mailbox. The PO sends them back and the company that sent you the ads gets to pay the postage – again. All it takes is a few minutes of your time. And it might get your name taken off the ad company’s list.

          • Average Joe

            That sounds great ..except for the things that don’t have a return mailing envelope (the majority of bulk mail)…circulars,flyers etc…those can still be recycled and save tons of money…and don’t cost us anything either….just a thought….

          • Average Joe

            And just think…all of that recycling will help to keep the tree huggers happy too…we’ve saved a few trees from being cut down (not that they can’t be replanted)…yay.

    • 45caliber

      Joe:

      Cut the number of salaried people down. Does a worker REALLY need five or six supervisors? Even small post offices may have more salaried people than workers. I know our local office (which closed the end of the month) had four salaried supervisors to three workers. Nearly all the people at regional, etc. offices are salary.

      • Average Joe

        With fewer part time employees, I would think that the need for salaried workers would drop as a result…but then we are dealing with government buracracies…so they would probably increase the salaried workers…instead of decrease…..go figure….

  • Gringo Infidel

    Another failed government run agency and another reward for failing is on the way.

    Why does this continue to happen?

    • Average Joe

      Government involvement…that’s as plain as I can say it.

      Questions are free.
      Questions requiring answers cost $1
      Questions requiring correct answers cost $25
      Any Questions?
      lol

  • Toniah Gray

    USPS has known they had money problems for years now & sat & did NOTHING. Nobody needs 6 day delivery & hiring employees out the wazoo constantly & giving overtime to employees on a regular basis. Why didn’t they cut to 5 day or even Mon. Wed. Fri. Sat. delivery several years ago. Tell me they never looked at their accounts and saw it way in the RED for years now. Who doesn’t look at their books? REALLY!!!! The Government needs one GIANT enema and clean out all the disfunctional departments. The GOV is in the toilet.

  • 45caliber

    Take a look at Fed-ex and UPS. Both deliver faster and better than the Post Office does. The main reason? Their people are hired to work. The PO has more than five times as many non-workers as they do workers. If they want to be cost effective, they should simply get rid of those drones.

    • SILVER FOX

      What is the difference in costs of delivering a letter or package between UPS, FedEx and the USPS? If you don’t lnow you shouldn’t talk about how much better it would be.

      • 45caliber

        If it is a one day delivery, about the same. Except Fed-ex or UPS will actually deliver in one day – the PO will seldom do it and don’t even promise to do more than try.

        If you go three days, the normal time the PO delivers a letter, again its about the same. UPS actually offered to deliver letters and bills at half the PO price a few years ago – and the PO got Congress to forbid it.

        Actually the only mail I get is 1) bills, 2) advertisements, and 3) something I order. I haven’t gotten a personal letter in years.

  • 45caliber

    One thing about the PO that I always thought interesting. Up until about 1970 or so, it operated without any real monetary problems. In fact, postage for letters was still in the single digits. I can remember mailing letters for 3 cents. But that was enough to cover all their costs.

    What changed? They needed more people at high levels. They needed new buildings. They needed to unionize. Etc.

    Perhaps we should go back to 1970 status and start over.

    • s c

      45caliber, an old saying says that necessity is the mother of invention. In Washington, incompetence is the mother’s milk of job security. It breeds sloth and greed. Only through continual legislation can our elected whores keep their jobs, ‘spread the wealth,’ recruit losers and make them union members, keep P O customers dumbed-down and let America’s problem-creators [elected slime] stay in Washington.
      The cure is to STARVE the SOB. Let it wither on the vine. Slit its throat, and take comfort in knowing that it’s finally where it belongs (out of existence). Pouring sand down a frickin’ rat hole makes more sense than letting the P O fatten up and become just another ten ton, Washington sow.

      • 45caliber

        sc:

        Back in Nixon’s time the PO was in trouble. He appointed a businessman as Postmaster General to see what could be done. A year later the guy resigned.

        He came through where I lived and was asked to give a speech. A friend went. The average number of workers to supervisors in private industry is 3 workers per one supervisor. The number in the PO at that time was FIVE supervisors to ONE worker. He decided to reduce that ratio by not hiring any more supervisors and let them dwindle by attrition.

        The supervisors went the the Welfare Department supervisors and told them that if he got away with it in the PO that they were next. So the welfare supervisors began to raise cain about the PO doing such a poor job due to lack of supervision. (He had actually gotten rid of about a hundred jobs nationwide at the time.) So much hell was being raised in Washington among the politicians that he finally resigned.

        And we wonder why it costs so much …

  • Curtislow

    Imposable to break the Addition to Government Drug (TAX MONEY)

  • SILVER FOX

    You all should go back to the early 1900′s. Work 6 or 7 days a week and not even be able to subsist. Those who rail aginst the unions do not realize that unions have given the workers a 40 hour week, days off, paid holidays, FMLA, OSHA Workers Comp and other benefits that have contibuted to the “QUALITY” of life and not just a paycheck for the lazy a-s that you seem to think they are.

    • 45caliber

      That was back in the early 1900′s. What have they done for us in the last 60 years? Not a thing except problems.

    • Song

      Well, Silver Fox, those government employees and union workers need to start proving us wrong then, don’t they…and stop with the continual whine!

    • professor

      Unions don’t improve the quality of life in this country!

      Unions have increased the price of manufacturing and caused many American companies to move out-of-country taking American jobs with them! Unions increase the price of products made in this country until they are no longer competitive on the world market or at home. Unions cause a burden on every taxpayer. Unions create greed and violence. Unions don’t want to “share the sacrifice,” they increasingly demand more pay and benefits than private-sector workers! Unions “lower the standard of living” and raise taxes. I don’t know about anybody else, but unions are not increasing my standard of living.

      Unions are a tool, used by the progressives. They use them to help destroy the economy of this country… Unions have declared war on the rest of us and the greedy, union thugs are an unnecessary evil that is being tolerated….hopefully, not for much longer. Taxpayers negociated no contracts with unions, and they should never have to support even one greedy union worker!

      • CP

        Well, Professor, I don’t suppose you have talked to any of the business accountants who were actually responsible for those jobs leaving the good old U S of A, have you? With a bit of digging, it turns out that all the jobs that have gone overseas were moved because it was a whole lot cheaper to build there and haul back here, especially when the company got rather large tax benefits for doing so, thanks to Ronnie and his boys. Now, to bring a lot of those jobs back here, we will have to redevelop the technology to build the things we outsourced, such as flat screen video panels, either for computer monitors or TVs. Instead of doing that, we are outsourcing MORE jobs, and losing the technology that goes with them. QUIT looking at the instant bottom line and look at the future. I hate to have to tell you this, but a lot of the unions TRIED to do that, and got slammed for their efforts.

      • magnum1

        Unions are ruining our Country and “buying” the Presidency with their generous donations with their worker’s dues and pensions. This practice for so many years has destroyed the small business environment which creates jobs. Unions have outlived their purposes. Talk to any Union worker about their “dues” and lost benefits because of greed at the top.

    • slayerwulfe

      Yes they have all at the expense of others some of which are involved as nothing more than taxpayers,Did I hear a thank you! your welcome.

    • http://?? Joe H.

      silver fox,
      all the unions have done in the last 50 years is cause a lot of businesses to close down due to unsustainable costs!! That’s the facts Jack!!

    • Russ

      You are correct Silver Fox. Ther was and still is greed on both sides.
      as a driver though going to hundreds of different busineses I can tell within no time whether it is a union shop or not. If it is union there is a arogant self centeredness that abounds, I know I will be there sometimes half a day to get unloaded. I know alot of this is brought on by the company such as if you work faster that will be the new quota or maybe a layoff because we can get by with less people as a reward. On the other side of the coin though as I sit there the company is paying a detention charge of 60$ a hour for me which is comming right out of its and the workers profits, then when the company shuts down or moves overseas the crying begins. I think we need to meet on middle ground the union and workers need to come to reasonable pay and benefit packages and the company needs to let the guy have a smoke or sit back and talk if his job is done a little early instead of the quick layoff or pick up a broom policy to reach a better bottom line for end of month bonus.

  • Montie R

    Another business KILLED by the unions.

  • chuckb

    watch out, the politicians have their eye on the internet, so much for each email. jerry brown and company in california are lathering at the mouth at this possibility.

    the postal dept, could be fixed over night, turn the mail over to private companies. that would solve the problem. when are people going to learn, the government and unions are not the answer, one cancels out the other. the government spawns complacency, laziness and kills ambition. the unions do the same.

  • http://Google JoeH

    Privatise the mail industry, the people can and will do a better job than the subsidised PO.

    • slayerwulfe

      It’s not that simple JoeH The contract states they are not even allowed to lay off anyone let alone tamper with the business model.

      • http://?? Joe H.

        slayerwulfe,
        don’t know who that is, but it isn’t me! IMPOSTER ALERT!!!!

        • libertytrain

          could be just another guy named Joe H -

  • slayerwulfe

    The question as to whether or not home delivery to individual households exist or not is inane (no intention to be critical) because a P.O Box is not valid as in personal address, it’s that simple. There is something more serious here, the 5.5 billion annual payment may not actually come from the post office as generated revenue but from the fed as debt. The 14.2 trillion the majority of which Americans hold.

    • Carol J, California

      Now there I agree. There have been quite a few companies who refuse to send me anything because they “WILL NOT SHIP TO A P O BOX AND WILL MAKE NO EXCEPTIONS”. I bought something once which offered a rebate and it did not mention on the rebate form they would not send to a P O box. I did not get the rebate. They sent me a letter saying they could not send a check to a P O BOX.

  • Jon

    Search Google for: Bush Signed Afghanistan Invasion The Day Before 9/11!

  • DaveH

    As with most other Government controlled services we just need to get government out and let other companies compete against the USPS. No subsidies, no bailouts, no other protections, just Free Trade. Let the chips fall where they may.
    All lip-service aside, the beauty of Free Trade (which we haven’t had for a very long time) is that Money Talks and BS Walks.

  • http://Theonlywaythatournationwillovercomeourdebt,waste,andfraudofmoneyistohavetermlimitsonallCongresspeople.Twotermsthat’sit.Thiswaytheycannotbebribedbylobbyist,companiesorspecialinterestgroupsbeca Doc Freeman

    The USPS is not technically “broke” — yet.
    Operationally speaking, the USPS nets profits every year. The financial problem it faces now comes from a 2006 Congressional mandate that requires the agency to “pre-pay” into a fund that covers health care costs for future retired employees. Under the mandate, the USPS is required to make an annual $5.5 billion payment over ten years, through 2016. These “prepayments” are largely responsible for the USPS’s financial losses over the past four years and the threat of shutdown that looms ahead – take the retirement fund out of the equation, and the postal service would have actually netted $1 billion in profits over this period.
    This doesn’t mean, however, that the USPS’s financial situation is good. Revenue has been declining for years, and even if the agency manages to get past this year’s $5.5 billion payment, it would again face insolvency next year

    For me to mail a letter across to any small rural area in the country through the USPS will cost 44 cents.
    To mail the same letter with UPS or Fedex will cost at the very minimum $8.65.

    The postal service doesn’t rely on taxpayer funds.
    Until 1971, mail delivery was handled by the Post Office Department, a Cabinet department in the federal government. Postal worker strikes prompted President Nixon to pass the Postal Reorganization Act in 1971, transforming it into the semi-independent agency we now know as the United States Postal Service. The USPS in its current form runs like a business, relies on postage for revenue and, for the most part, has not used taxpayer money since 1982, when postage stamps became “products” instead of forms of taxation. Taxpayer money is only used in some cases to pay for mailing voter materials to disabled and overseas Americans.
    USPS spokespersons have been adamant in emphasizing that they are not requesting taxpayer funds from the federal government to make this year’s payment. Rather, they say, the USPS is asking Congress to authorize access to an estimated $7 billion that they overpaid into the future retiree pension fund in previous years.
    the USPS has never received money from the government.
    The USPS is a self sufficient entity, but Congress borrowed money from the postal retirement fund and is forcing the USPS to pay back the money, to the tune of $5 billion a year. If the postal service didn’t have to pay back or as they call it prefund the retirement account the USPS would be profitable.

  • http://Theonlywaythatournationwillovercomeourdebt,waste,andfraudofmoneyistohavetermlimitsonallCongresspeople.Twotermsthat’sit.Thiswaytheycannotbebribedbylobbyist,companiesorspecialinterestgroupsbeca Doc Freeman

    I hope every one noted the one sentecne in the last paragraph,
    “CONGRESS BORROWED MONEY FROM THE POSTAL RETIREMENT FUND”
    This explains why the U.S.P.S. is in trouble CONGRESS STRIKES AGAIN!

  • Carlos

    Scrap Sat. delivery.. What a hoot! In my neighborhood, there’s so much junk mail, The postman frequently comes by twice a day. He/she just can’t carry it all, in one trip.

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