Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Republicans' First Step to Kill the PO: Mission Accomplished

No wonder this mailman drinks so much.
 The Regressive republican party's wet dream is to destroy the US Post Office -- wipe it out completely -- so it can privatize mail delivery. The first nail has been hammered into the coffin today, as the Postmaster General has announced that the Post Office will end Saturday mail delivery beginning this August.

Let's remember this is an entirely contrived problem. One that wouldn't exist at all if it weren't for the Regressive republican party.

In 2006, the Regressive congress passed a bill that requires the US Post Office to pre-fund 75 years' worth of retirement funds in a 10-year window. That means the Post Office has to set aside retirement money not only for people it hasn't hired yet, but also for people who haven't even been born yet.

Is there any other public or private company that is forced to set aside billions of dollars for people who have yet to be born? Of course not. What business has to stash away enough money to fully fund the retirement of future workers who don't even exist yet? Not one.

Lovable Truly will be laid off soon.
This is the ridiculous burden that has been forced onto the Post Office. Remember that not one cent in taxpayer money funds the operation of the Post Office.  100% of its daily operations are funded by postage. And if the Regressive congress hadn't passed this bizarre law in 2006, the US Post Office would have a surplus of $1,500,000,000.

That's 1.5 billion dollars.

So the fact that the Post Office is operating in the red is entirely the fault of the Regressive congress. This was their plan. And Step One was accomplished today.

Why do the Regressives want to destroy the Post Office? So private companies, like FedEx and UPS can take over. These two companies, coincidentally, have given millions to Regressive republican candidates.

If the people who live in rural cities and states think FedEx will deliver a letter for 45 cents, they're dreaming.

No comments:

Post a Comment