U.S. lawmakers to fight for post offi...

U.S. lawmakers to fight for post offices in Senate votes

There are 64 comments on the Reuters story from Apr 23, 2012, titled U.S. lawmakers to fight for post offices in Senate votes. In it, Reuters reports that:

Lawmakers will fight to save post offices and other U.S. Postal Service facilities from closure as the Senate gears up to vote on amendments to a bill to overhaul the struggling mail agency.

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close the post office

Belle Vernon, PA

#1 Apr 23, 2012
Close this useless tax hog down and let the private sector take it over. USPS slackers are useless and get paid for doing nothing. Fire every one of them.
Curtis Lowe

San Antonio, TX

#2 Apr 23, 2012
Why? It's a waste of money and my mail carrier smells like pee.
Wall Street Government

Sebastian, FL

#3 Apr 24, 2012
Teabaggers would rather pay $ 20.00 to mail a letter instead of 0.50 cents.

The post office wouldn't be in such a mess, if republicans didn't demand they fund their pension for the next 75 years and collect the total amount in 10.
It is true that USPS is facing fiscal challenges — it lost nearly $20 billion over the last four years and is at risk of not being able to meet a $5.5 billion mandated payment to the Treasury at the end of this month (which has been put off six weeks thanks to the last continuing resolution in Congress).

But what has been lost in the political debate over the Post Office is why it is losing this money. Major media coverage points to the rise of email or Internet services and the inefficiency of the post model as the major culprits. While these factors may cause some fiscal pain, almost all of the postal service’s losses over the last four years can be traced back to a single, artificial restriction forced onto the Post Office by the Republican-led Congress in 2006.

At the very end of that year, Congress passed the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act of 2006 (PAEA). Under PAEA, USPS was forced to “prefund its future health care benefit payments to retirees for the next 75 years in an astonishing ten-year time span”— meaning that it had to put aside billions of dollars to pay for the health benefits of employees it hasn’t even hired yet, something “that no other government or private corporation is required to do.”
Curtis Lowe

San Antonio, TX

#4 Apr 24, 2012
Wall Street Government wrote:
Teabaggers would rather pay $ 20.00 to mail a letter instead of 0.50 cents.
The post office wouldn't be in such a mess, if republicans didn't demand they fund their pension for the next 75 years and collect the total amount in 10.
It is true that USPS is facing fiscal challenges — it lost nearly $20 billion over the last four years and is at risk of not being able to meet a $5.5 billion mandated payment to the Treasury at the end of this month (which has been put off six weeks thanks to the last continuing resolution in Congress).
But what has been lost in the political debate over the Post Office is why it is losing this money. Major media coverage points to the rise of email or Internet services and the inefficiency of the post model as the major culprits. While these factors may cause some fiscal pain, almost all of the postal service’s losses over the last four years can be traced back to a single, artificial restriction forced onto the Post Office by the Republican-led Congress in 2006.
At the very end of that year, Congress passed the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act of 2006 (PAEA). Under PAEA, USPS was forced to “prefund its future health care benefit payments to retirees for the next 75 years in an astonishing ten-year time span”— meaning that it had to put aside billions of dollars to pay for the health benefits of employees it hasn’t even hired yet, something “that no other government or private corporation is required to do.”
It's their own fault. Shorts with black socks? Really? Nobody takes them seriously.
close the post office

Belle Vernon, PA

#5 Apr 24, 2012
Wall Street Government wrote:
Teabaggers would rather pay $ 20.00 to mail a letter instead of 0.50 cents.
The post office wouldn't be in such a mess, if republicans didn't demand they fund their pension for the next 75 years and collect the total amount in 10.
It is true that USPS is facing fiscal challenges — it lost nearly $20 billion over the last four years and is at risk of not being able to meet a $5.5 billion mandated payment to the Treasury at the end of this month (which has been put off six weeks thanks to the last continuing resolution in Congress).
But what has been lost in the political debate over the Post Office is why it is losing this money. Major media coverage points to the rise of email or Internet services and the inefficiency of the post model as the major culprits. While these factors may cause some fiscal pain, almost all of the postal service’s losses over the last four years can be traced back to a single, artificial restriction forced onto the Post Office by the Republican-led Congress in 2006.
At the very end of that year, Congress passed the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act of 2006 (PAEA). Under PAEA, USPS was forced to “prefund its future health care benefit payments to retirees for the next 75 years in an astonishing ten-year time span”— meaning that it had to put aside billions of dollars to pay for the health benefits of employees it hasn’t even hired yet, something “that no other government or private corporation is required to do.”
So you're a postal employee who feeds on the wang of tax dollars and yet you slobber.
Wall Street Government

Sebastian, FL

#6 Apr 24, 2012
Curtis Lowe wrote:
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It's their own fault. Shorts with black socks? Really? Nobody takes them seriously.
UPS's brown socks are better?
Wall Street Government

Sebastian, FL

#7 Apr 24, 2012
close the post office wrote:
<quoted text>So you're a postal employee who feeds on the wang of tax dollars and yet you slobber.
Poor misinformed teabagger, despite what FOX or Limbaughtomy told you.
USPS doesn't use taxpayer money.
popwarner

Charlottesville, VA

#8 Apr 24, 2012
Dont worry folks, they have a plan to tax your online payments to help pay to keep thgovernment run jobs around. The only thing government controlled business that makes a profit is the ABC booze shops, every other venture they have got there hands on has done nothing but bankrupt the economy
Gravediggers

United States

#9 Apr 24, 2012
postal service=losing money

democrats=let's keep postal system

“i hope we can change this!”

Since: Aug 08

usa

#10 Apr 24, 2012
Wall Street Government wrote:
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Poor misinformed teabagger, despite what FOX or Limbaughtomy told you.
USPS doesn't use taxpayer money.
and WHO'S money will be used to bail them out?
moron.
HATE

Austin, MN

#11 Apr 24, 2012
If the military didnt take 5 billion a year out of postal service it would be just fine....You see every single last department in the federal government has a good chunk of its money taken out and given to the military....The militarys budget is like 800 billion but they get another 800 billion from what they take from other departments....

I cant prove this but do know it is fact...(have a family member who works where they do know would get fired and KILLED if gave proof).

“Truth to Power!”

Since: Apr 07

Wake Forest, NC

#12 Apr 24, 2012
Wall Street Government wrote:
Teabaggers would rather pay $ 20.00 to mail a letter instead of 0.50 cents.




Hey you stupid TWIT,
You're already Paying $20 to mail that letter because the USPS has Borrowed over $13 BILLION from us to run their business into the ground.





YOU are one Dumb Mofo.





Why are progressives so flowking Stupid?




“Truth to Power!”

Since: Apr 07

Wake Forest, NC

#13 Apr 24, 2012



No More BORROWING for the USPS.




It must learn to stand on its own 2 feet or DIE.


There's plenty of other carriers that would pick up the business and new ones would pop up if the USPS DIES.



Time to move on from another BAD GOVERNMENT ENTITY.

“Truth to Power!”

Since: Apr 07

Wake Forest, NC

#14 Apr 24, 2012



"FED EX and UPS are doing fine. It's the US Post Office that's havin' trouble. Huh, Huh, Huh."

- Barack Hussein Obama



http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2009/0...

“Truth to Power!”

Since: Apr 07

Wake Forest, NC

#15 Apr 24, 2012



August 11, 2009


Obama: The Post Office Is "Always Having Problems"


President Obama at his Tuesday town hall: "UPS and FedEx are doing just fine. It's the Post Office that's always having problems."


http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2009/0...

“Headed toward the cliff”

Since: Nov 07

Tawas City, Michigan

#16 Apr 24, 2012
As usual the politicians will fight for their own pork rather than fight for what's good for the nation.

Since: Oct 08

Alpharetta, GA

#17 Apr 24, 2012
I went into a post office recently and asked if they had any stamps with pictures of white guys on them, they said no...I hadda settle for Elvis

Since: Sep 08

Placitas, NM

#18 Apr 24, 2012
The laughing liberal wrote:
No More BORROWING for the USPS.
It must learn to stand on its own 2 feet or DIE.
There's plenty of other carriers that would pick up the business and new ones would pop up if the USPS DIES.
Time to move on from another BAD GOVERNMENT ENTITY.
There aren't any 'private' carries. There are corporate carriers. Where in the constitution does it call for corporate carrier. Clause 7: To establish Post Offices and post Roads;

What corporate carrier is going to relieved a 1 oz letter, bill, payment, to Bumfuck,ID or Jerkwater MT for less than than $1?

Since: Sep 08

Placitas, NM

#19 Apr 24, 2012
The laughing liberal wrote:
August 11, 2009
Obama: The Post Office Is "Always Having Problems"
President Obama at his Tuesday town hall: "UPS and FedEx are doing just fine. It's the Post Office that's always having problems."
://www.realclearpolitics.com/v ideo/2009/08/11/obama_the_post _office_is_always_ems.html
The {President should have added: And that's ONLY because of the Post Office Destruction law passed in 2006 that mandated the retirement funds for employees not even yet hired to be funded. that RepubliCON mandate has caused the Post Office from being a break-even operation to one now incumbered by a debt to a Trust Fund that the RepubliCONs will hope to raid in the future.
Wall Street Government

Sebastian, FL

#20 Apr 24, 2012
carey529 wrote:
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and WHO'S money will be used to bail them out?
moron.

Who's saying they need or are ever going to need a bailout.
If the congress hasn't already spent it
They have been paying congress $5.5 billion a year since 2007.

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