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something we won't recognise-all based of half truths, exaggerations, and a manufactured crisis.
We have all been hearing how the USPS is broke and ready for the scrap heap. But is it really true?
A stamp is still a good deal, and having someone deliver your mail is something most Americans take for granted. Hoards of senior citizens, whose lives have become routine look forward each day to see what surprise awaits them in the mail box. It might be just a bill, or a piece of junk , but there is usually a catalog or two to brighten and engage a lonely persons' day and mind. You can't get that much entertainment, and value anywhere for the cost of a stamp.
Besides , just think how many disappointed dogs there would be if we took their "enemy" away.
The Postal Carrier is a person, someone we rely on- someone who is as familiar as a next door neighbor, who may seem invisible to us at times but we know can always be counted on to pay us a visit whether we appreciate it or not. The postal carrier puts a human face on an otherwise mechanistic government behemoth.
In the words of the American Postal Workers Union, Democrats and Republicans are entertaining proposals that will "end the postal service as we know it."
There are proposals to close as many as 3,700 post offices nationwide- most of them in rural communities and inner cities, where services as the most needed. There is talk of ending Saturday service as a way to cut costs, and even more draconian cuts to ensure that USPS is driven out of business to make way for privatization, which would certainly create a more expensive , less effective, and profit centered mail delivery system.
The U.S. Postal Service if part of America's history, and it is being threatened by a corporate coup-that will break union contracts, layoff thousands of postal workers and gut the service due to bad policies forced on it by Congress.
The Postal Service is the only government agency that is forced to pay Seventy-five years of retiree health benefits in ten years, and because it overpaid federal pension funds by more than $80 billion,(and has not been paid back) is financially strapped. Without these manufactured obstacles, the post office would be fine.
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They use this lie to poison the publics' opinion that the post office is too big, too expensive to run, and would better serve the public if it was in capable corporate hands.
Truth is, all these greedy profiteers want to do is get their dirty hands on America's second largest employer, and sell it off to the highest bidder.
Once the USPS is gone these same "job creators" will turn our postal service into a fee based business where lower wages ,no benefits, and lousy service rule.
This is the Walmartinization of yet another of our now shrinking public services we have come to relay on since this country started.
Imagine for a moment if Bank of America ran the post office?
Beginning next year BOA will charge debit card users $5 a month for the privilege of spending your own money. This is one of the same banks that encouraged check users to switch to debit cards in order to save money, and help save the planet at the same time. Now they are cutting tens of thousands of jobs-and charging customers more to get less service.
"The economics of offering a debit card have changed," said Bank of America spokeswoman Anne Pace on Thursday. Bank of America is the largest U.S. bank by assets. (which BTW are inflated)
When BOA says. "The economics of offering debit cards have changed." they mean offering a once good faith free service doesn't line any pockets with easy cash.
The fee will be waived for the bank's premium or platinum privileges accounts tied to its Merrill Lynch brokerage. Isn't that sweet-preferential service to wealthy customers. Wonder how that would work if they ran the post office?
Rich people don't have to buy stamps.
If Bank of America ran the post office, you could look forward to fees being tacked onto to every other service excluding the price of a stamp. which you know they would phase out over time in order to come up with some other scheme to gouge us.
Which seems the be the new business model,
Benjamin Franklin is probably rolling in his grave,
right along with deceased mail carriers nation-wide.