Why Congress can't save the Postal Se...

Why Congress can't save the Postal Service

There are 3 comments on the CNN story from Nov 29, 2011, titled Why Congress can't save the Postal Service. In it, CNN reports that:

There's one thing that turns some Tea Party Republicans into government-job lovers like their Democratic rivals: Their neighborhood post office.

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Citizen

Merkel, TX

#1 Dec 4, 2011
Congress can save the U.S. Postal service by putting it back under the control of the federal government where it needs to be. The postal service is going broke because of local government and state government interference as well as intergovernmental interference. 911 addressing set the U.S. Post Office back by making it undependable for the delivery of the mail. I do not understand why the government allowed the 911 authorities to violate citizens civil rights to the detriment of the economy of the U.S.A. and other country's. There is no reason for our economy to be in a recession except because of fear that the government can no longer be trusted to keep their hands off of peoples private property. The states are allowing local governments to attack people at will and do they think that we do not see these transgressions upon our fellow citizens. The law is only interested in finding drug cases because they can seize the property and assets involved. And they are raiding peoples homes that are not even involved in drug dealing. The public servants are losing the trust of the public. The Post office started to really bleed because of Return to Sender being stamped on letters that were deliverable but the postal employees were instructed to deliver mail with a 911 address. This believe it or not is in direct conflict with the law of the government not being able to regulate speech. If the Post Office is instructed that a persons address is something other than that address known by the post office then the post office should be able to correct the address without any interference from local beaureacrats. This is a free country and this 911 addressing is just another method being used by the new government leaders to invade your privacy. The internet is a wonderful thing but the U.S. Mail is protected by law as to your right of privacy, while your E-Mails and other statements can be viewed by anyone and your right to expected privacy is in a Grey area of the law. Letters are still the most private way of sending messages, but our local government is trying to destroy that. No! The federal government needs to retake the reigns of the U.S. Post Office and stop the local government from playing games. The mail is a national security issue.
Citizen

Merkel, TX

#2 Dec 5, 2011
Because no one can believe that CR #### is causing all of their problems and many more. It's very simple when you look at it with an open mind. The 911 authorities attacked the citizens of this country through their mail, phone, computers, banks, and every other avenue dealing with ones address. Basically, 911 addressing authorities here were allowed to terrorize the citizens of this country. They actually did what an enemy military command would do in time of war. They disrupted this country's communications and they disolved the trust that the citizens placed in their services. They have used intimidation, exhortion and all the other devices used by a mob. A citizen in the state of Texas can not get anyone to correct an address that was illegally placed on their property by the County Commissioners, and thus they have created fear in the citizens. This is supposed to be the land of the free. So! When did the natzi's take over. If you really want to fix the Post Office remove local and state government from interfering in their everyday operations. Let the Post Office deliver the citizens mail and not the counties.

Since: Dec 11

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#3 Dec 21, 2011
Very well said, Citizen. This ENTIRE postal crisis has been engineered by congress over a period of years, so they could EASILY solve it. The reason they fail is that too many members of congress want to make the post office fail so that it can be privatized. The solutions congress could apply are simple. To name a few...

"While everyone switching to email is great for saving trees and increasing efficiency it is also a completely simple problem for the congress and the post office to resolve.

"First part of a simple solution: get congress out of the mail carriers’ hair and off their backs. Let the post office set its own rates — while maintaining the congressional mandates above for rate equality and services. Obviously, the USPS will have to price at a competitive level. Let TRUE market principles govern, rather than price control. Continue with a mandate that they not make a profit, but set rates that maintain a balanced budget.

"Start by increasing bulk mail rates. These cheap rates are nothing more than corporate welfare from the poor and middle class to the rich. Increasing the rate to balance the postal budget, would greatly reduce the amount of junk mail being sent, conserving trees and petroleum, while making the mail that is delivered far more profitable. Then the post office could cut its budget by reducing the number of mail carriers without reducing the number of convenient outlets it offers because every carrier could handle a larger route if bulk mail dropped by half.

"While I cannot be certain of the price points that will balance best here — rectifying the price increase with the reduction in volume that it will cause — I am certain there is a price point that will actually decrease the amount of mail delivered — thereby cutting costs for labor, fuel, processing machinery, etc. a great deal — and actually increase revenue. Right now U.S. mail is an absurd bargain compared to its private-sector competition. First-class rates for non-bulk mail could stay right where they are, and the bulk of us would no longer be subsidizing big business.

"Bulk-mail rates not withstanding, I say raise first-class postage to fifty cents a letter right away. That’s a bargain compared to most national mail services. Forget the Faustian bargain currently being proposed of raising the rate to only forty-five cents. One penny when they’re bleeding red ink everywhere? Let’s move into an age where we can put quarters in stamp machines and not get five one-cent stamps in change or a nickle. How many of us are really going to care that we’re not getting those five pennies back each time we mail a letter? Most of us probably just put them in a jar and give them to the grandkids anyway. Think of the labor wasted each day just in counting pennies!"

There are other remedies as well, but I am not given space enough hear to write about them, but you can find them and the excerpts above in the following article:

http://thegreatrecession.info/blog/2011/12/po...

This is SUCH a TOTALLY contrived crisis, it'll make you pull your hair out over what you government is doing. And laying it out is simple deduction, based on congressional powers and acts, that does not require any conspiracy theory.

--Knave Dave

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