Gov’t must save U.S. Postal Service

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It is sad to contemplate the possible demise of our reliable “Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds” U.S. Postal Service, but that may fall victim to the onslaught of the privatization pirates.

The groundwork for the financial distress that the postal service is going through is caused by congressional mandates that were imposed upon the postal service. The Republican-led Congress passed the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act, which was signed into law by President George W. Bush Dec. 20, 2006.

Under the guise of modernizing the postal service for the 21st century, it actually doomed the it. If not for the PAEA, the postal service would be functioning fine even with the impact of e-mail and the financial collapse of 2008. PAEA is an unprecedented piece of legislation that requires the USPS to pre-fund its pension benefits for 75 years through the $5.5 billion annual payment, which no other government agency or private company is forced to do.

The postal service does not receive taxpayer dollars for operational costs, but is nonetheless under congressional control. The USPS is legally obligated to deliver mail to every house in the country, including in remote areas where UPS and FedEx will not venture. Were the USPS to collapse, it would hit poor Americans the hardest. And while other private delivery companies have continued to grow and diversify, Congress has stymied the postal service from directly competing.

The solution is simple: Repeal the pre-funding mandate of PAEA, implement common sense postal service reforms and stop undermining the USPS with needless and unfair legislation.

Nicholas Zizelis


Posted 8:53 pm, March 7, 2013
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Lou from Bayside says:
More dopeyness from a government loving drone! The US Post office is the most ineffiecient operation known to man. It is rife with lazyness and absolutley unmotivated, idiot workers. Send something express mail, there is a godd chance its going to get lost forever. Go Fed Ex, there is never an issue! Good riddance US Post office, Fed ex will take the business and everyone will be much more happier!People like the author of this bilge puddle are hopelessly lost in a Left/Right quagmire that they let warp their thinking on each and every issue!
March 13, 2013, 7:42 am
TC from Flushing says:
The Post Office receives zero dollars from the Federal Gov't, however the 2006 lame duck Congress slammed them by making them pre-fund their pension plans. This was a Republican move to cripple them because of the large union they represent, and unions mostly vote Democratic. They're not inefficient at all, in fact they are one of the most efficient operations out there. Getting a letter to anybody in the USA for 45 cents is a bargain. Fed Ex cannot compete, nor can UPS. Package delivery by the Post Office is up, not down. Lou from Bayside again makes off-the-wall rants that make no sense. Hey Lou, go out and stuff fliers in a few hundred mailboxes one day and see what kind of a job that is. You'll have a new apprication for the job.
March 13, 2013, 9:42 am
Clifton from Bayside says:
What an incredible contrast; the facts and figures presented by TC and Zizelis, opposed to the typical rants and ravings of the "Lou from Bayside". Fortunately, his is a dying breed not only here in the Northeast where typically clear sightedness had prevailed but with the Westward migration it's spreading throughout the South and middle of our country as well. In another generation or so, the foul smell of the Lou-natic Lou-sers of our country will have disipated and our country will be the stronger for it.
March 14, 2013, 1:18 am
jerry from douglaston says:
The Post Office delivers packages for fed ex and ups everyday. UPs and Fed ex don't want to go to every house, the P.O. does. If the P.O. goes, they cost to delivey packages will go thru the roof.
March 18, 2013, 10:33 pm

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