Re: “Postal workers rally” (TNT, 4-18).
The cutline refers to health care costs that “workers allegedly overpaid.” That just fried my sense of justice.
There is no “alleged”; the true facts are not reported by any mainstream press. In 2006, Congress passed the Postal Accountability Enhancement Act mandating the U.S. Postal Service to pre-fund its retirement/health benefits for 75 years into the future. And this must be accomplished in 10 years!
This costs the USPS $5.5 billion annually, and it already has $326 billion deposited into the U.S. Treasury.
This is a manufactured problem created by the Bush Congress to privatize a highly efficient and solvent sector of government. If this happens, the corporations will swoop in and raid the accounts; rural routes will be considered unprofitable and eliminated. And once again the taxpayer will be forced to pick up the tab.
Congress must eliminate the Postal Accountability Enhancement Act and save more than 220,000 American jobs.