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USPS: Eliminate job-killing legislation

Letter by Petrina L. Walker, Shelton on April 18, 2012 at 9:14 am with 22 Comments »
April 18, 2012 9:35 am

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.

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  1. averageJoseph says:

    Better yet, lets eliminate the USPS all together.

  2. The Postal Accountability Enhancement Act is truly one of the terribly legacies that we are left with from the Bush Congress and Administration. It should have been repealed yesterday!!!

  3. LornaDoone says:

    averageJoseph says:
    April 18, 2012 at 9:39 am Better yet, lets eliminate the USPS all together.

    Who would UPS and FEDEX use for door deliveries in areas they don’t want to serve? Improve the profits of the USPS by charging those private entities through the nose for providing such a service.

  4. aJo – elimination of the Postal Service would bankrupt FedEx and UPS.

    The postal Accountability Enhancement Act is the poster child of government regulation destroying private business. And it was brought to us by a Republicon controlled Congress and White House.

  5. Common sense solutions to really bad republican legislation.
    Lets vote out the conservatives that have damaged the nation and finally fix the damage!

  6. averageJoseph says:

    LMAO, USPS… one more glaring example of how inept the government is with our money.

  7. Better example of how stupid and uninformed the zombie base is since the Postal Service is not owned or ran by the government. And that it was profiatible until the 2006 Postal Accountability Enhancement Act passed and signed into law.

  8. average — have u bothered 2 read a single word? the federal gov’t has not given a single dollar 2 usps. not a single 1 of ur precious tax dollars has funded usps. usps is wholly funded by its own means. they are currently PAYING an EXTRA $5.5billion YEARLY because of bush’s incoherent policies. they have ZERO debt or liability. ZERO.

    u would get rid of usps? wait & see how the prices skyrocket once the private sector grabs hold of our shipping throats.
    <50cents stamps? thing of the past if the righties and big-business have their way with our money.

  9. concernedtacoma7 says:

    Jellee, that is not 100% true. They have taken fed dollars, just not recently.

    Xring, it is ran and owned by the fed govt. What are you talking about?


  10. So where are the anti-big-government, pro-free-market, anti-business-regulations folks when it comes upon this ridiculous, onerous regulation on a business that seems designed to drive them into bankruptcy?

  11. “one more glaring example of how inept the government is with our money.”

    Lets clarify that,
    It’s a glaring example of how inept the REPUBLICAN Government is with our money.
    See words DO matter.

  12. alindasue says:


    Following your link, the only reference I saw to the post office was the Postal Regulatory Commission which oversees the post office. I did click through though to the United States Postal Service article.

    It said this:
    “The USPS has not directly received taxpayer-dollars since the early 1980s with the minor exception of subsidies for costs associated with the disabled and overseas voters.”

    In other words, aside from payments for delivery services (which we all must pay), the USPS has not received federal funding for roughly thirty years. Yet, it is subjected to government “accountability enhancement” demands that are not places on other delivery companies.

    Ironically, the postal service is one of only two entities (the other being the army) that is EXPRESSLY (in writing) mentioned in the US Constitution as being federally controlled and authorized to collect taxes for.

    In other words, our founding fathers thought a national postal service important enough that they mentioned it, not in an amendment but in the actual Constitution itself. That means that shutting the USPS down is not only a bad idea; it may actually be unconstitutional.

  13. CT7 – independent and un-owned in the sense that it receives NO FEDERAL FUNDING.

    The USPS is often mistaken for a government-owned corporation (e.g., Amtrak) because it operates much like a business, but is legally defined as an “independent establishment of the executive branch of the Government of the United States”.


    FYI – the USPS is not listed in your post.

  14. Alindasue,
    Notice how well trained the tidy rights are?
    Post and incontinent truth and they jump right in with both feet and eyes wide shut.

  15. averageJoseph says:

    The USPS is created as a government agency under Title 39, Section 101.1 of the United States Code which states, in part:

    (a) The United States Postal Service shall be operated as a basic and fundamental service provided to the people by the Government of the United States.
    Around $96 million is budgeted annually by Congress for the “Postal Service Fund.”

  16. aJo – worng again as usual.

  17. “Around $96 million is budgeted annually by Congress for the “Postal Service Fund.” These funds are used to compensate USPS for postage-free mailing for all legally blind persons and for mail-in election ballots sent from US citizens living overseas. A portion of the funds also pays USPS for providing address information to state and local child support enforcement agencies.”

    Oops, the right is wrong as usual.

  18. truthbusterguy says:

    T postal worker union is in the way of needed reforms. Facts are facts. We can and should scale back the postal service. We can cut it 10% a year to let the public adjust. It’s a dead service that has outlived it’s need to 90% of the people. It is not worth borrowing money from China to prop up this broken givernment system.

    Yes, let privatize the postal service. Make a lot of sence to me.

  19. TBG – not only wrong bur palin wrong.

  20. “Yes, let privatize the postal service. Make a lot of sence to me.”

    Wow, just wow.

  21. tappsman64 says:

    Let’s not let facts get in the way of your biased opinion. Ms. Walker states “this is a manufactured problem created by the Bush Congress” when in fact the bill was sponsored by two democrats and one republican and passed overwhelmingly by a bi-partisan vote. How long will it be before Bush gets blamed for Cash for Clunkers, Obama Care, etc, etc.

  22. “sence” is that the feeling you get during a seance?

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