Shock Doctrine at U.S. Postal Service: Is a Manufactured Crisis Behind Push Toward Privatization?
It is true that President Bush shifted to the postal service not only the huge push to expand retirement savings, but he also placed on the back of the Postal Service, the responsibility to pay for the service time retiring postal workers accumulated while in the Military. As a huge majority of workers in the USPS are veterans, this expense came as a great burden, but the USPS could afford it when we had the false upturn in our economy, as federal deficit spending has never ended since Ronald Reagan gave us free trade without changing from our closed border IRS tax structure which puts, embeds federal taxes in domestic goods, including bread.
If we had a open border tax structure like FairTax, the Postal Service would be in great shape and be able to afford the 2006 tax burden shift by the Federal Government onto Postal patrons. Don't forget the burden of 2001 on the postal service was very expensive to protect the use of the Mail from terrorism.
As to closing offices, how many of you stopped the USPS from closing your office to protect your ego, your zip code? The Postal Service has been trying to close offices for many years and has even gone so far as to vet the process and prepare for the day when Congress finally gets it right. In the push, the USPS has asked to close offices that overlap in a five mile radius. So what is in the current legislation? They are planning to close offices within a two mile radius. That is like saying, your not closing any post offices. Even in the old days of horse for transportation, it was not considered too far to walk 3 miles for mail. Then came the rural delivery that has saved this nation much in energy and time. Has Congress really found the USPS as too political as a hot potato to do their jobs?
Saturday delivery being dropped will do little to save funds, as it will expand full time employment, making for greater cost over mileage saved in 5 day delivery. Privatizing is not an viable option yet. I say yet, as new media is making huge inroads into communication. But we are possibly 30 years away from that, that is if we fiscally survive the next 10 years.
Don't let the Congress destroy this universal service, but also don't let Congress put their head in the sand on closing offices. Five miles is not too far in this day of transportation. I would think different if the Post Office still had the community service attribute it had prior to reorganizing in 1968, leaving the Post as without any purpose to the people beyond the mail.
As to retirees benefits, they have to match Medical plan payment, no vision or dental, 60% pension of earning when working. In reality, the Postal service has been adjusted over the years with no pay raises, just cost of living which is not reality.
The best cure for the USPS is to get back jobs for everyone, to a point where inflation is due to lack of employees, making for pay raises and opportunity galore. Read this on why our Nation is fiscally about to fall off the cliff and how to cure the USA Fiscally:
If everyone knew all there is to know, they would not do half the things they do, including myself, therefore I must foregive them, including myself.