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Two years ago, there were 574,000 postal workers, not counting temps. Last year, 546,000. This year only 533,000 are braving snow, rain, and gloom of night.

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Roger Garin-michaud (147)
Sunday December 9, 2012, 2:11 pm
noted, thanks !

Cheryl O. (82)
Sunday December 9, 2012, 2:51 pm
I have noticed where I live that yes I now see the mail man out at night instead of during the day. Noted

Nimue Michelle Pendragon Gaze (339)
Sunday December 9, 2012, 7:39 pm

Joanne Dixon (37)
Sunday December 9, 2012, 9:23 pm
"Congress manufactured the current financial crisis with an accounting sleight-of-hand. USPS would be in the black if not for an extreme 2006 law that requires the agency to pre-fund retiree health benefits 75 years in advance, before some of these future retirees are even born. This means it owes a $5.5 billion payment to the Treasury every summer. This year it had to default."


Let's make big banking, big pharma, big ag and the Kochs fully fund pensions for 75 years in advance and see how well they do.

Past Member (0)
Monday December 10, 2012, 4:34 am
Blame it on email.

Alexandra Rodda (180)
Monday December 10, 2012, 4:39 am
This is one of the more stupid things the GOP has done. However, it is a cunning move to cut the poorest people, the ones that can't afford computers out of the loop. It's a way of keeping them ignorant and possibly make them vote for them or prevent them from voting at all. Of course, that's not the whole story, but it is just another nail in the coffin democracy. Fortunately it's not really effective, as people communicate by world of mouth as well.

Nancy M. (195)
Monday December 10, 2012, 7:47 am
Very bad idea. What will they replace it with?

Chris C. (159)
Monday December 10, 2012, 9:54 am
I'm with Joanne Dixon. I've also heard about that 2006 extreme law that "manufactured" the current financial crisis of the USPS. Despicable!

Carrie B. (314)
Monday December 10, 2012, 12:42 pm
Thank you Sheryl for posting those links.

Christeen Anderson (643)
Monday December 10, 2012, 1:17 pm
I like the post office and the mailman. Please sign the petitions. Thank you for posting them Dandelion.

Lois Jordan (63)
Monday December 10, 2012, 2:22 pm
They plan on closing the main post office here in Tucson--which means everything will be routed through Phoenix. Ridiculous! I say repeal that 2006 law....or drastically change it. Thank you for the petitions' links, Dandelion....both signed.

Michael Kirkby (95)
Monday December 10, 2012, 2:44 pm
I think Joanne's comment says it all.

Dianna M. (16)
Monday December 10, 2012, 2:52 pm
I've known about this one for a couple of years now. Thanks (again) to Dandelion G. for posting the links to the petitions!

Shirley B. (5)
Monday December 10, 2012, 3:24 pm
Signed, Dandelion.

Dorothy N. (63)
Monday December 10, 2012, 9:45 pm
This is typical of the criminal waste involved in the destruction of essential public services, shredded to remove the proof in front of all, that public service does it better, does it cheaper, AND pays better than private for-profit.

Jim Phillips (3201)
Monday December 10, 2012, 9:54 pm
The person responsible for this is Darrell Issa, a g o p puke representative from California. He inserted a phrase, clause to cause the big financial crisis to the Post Office, the USPS. Before Issa had done anyting, the USPS was doing just fine.

Issa did this for two reasons: to destroy one of the largest union and to help his buddy, the CEO of FedEx.


Petition above via Dandelion also signed.

Ty, Carrie.

Jim Phillips (3201)
Monday December 10, 2012, 9:58 pm
More on Issa via Google if you really want to see and read about how bad this person is.


Jim Phillips (3201)
Tuesday December 11, 2012, 8:48 am
Here are some factual items regarding the USPS:

Some Facts You May Not Know About The United States Postal Service

The party thatís always yelling about the Constitution is choosing to conveniently ignore it when it comes to this.

On Facebook: ARM (The Anti-Republican Movement)'s Page


The United States Postal Service:

- Receives NO taxpayer dollars and is funded by the products and services it sells.
- Handles more than 40 percent of the world's mail.
- Has a workforce that is made up of 40 percent women, 40 percent minorities, and 22 percent veterans, many disabled.
- Is one of the few government agencies explicitly authorized by the United States Constitution.

There is a crisis, but it is not because the Postal Service is inefficient and its workers overpaid.
It is because the Postal Service:

- Is the only federal agency or private company required to pre-fund retiree health benefits for 75
years due to the 2006 PAEA (Postal Accountability Act) put forth by Republicans in congress and
signed into law by George W. Bush. Without OAEA, the USPS would still face a challenging future,
but it would be facing it with ZERO debt, and a 15 billion credit line. Republicans refuse to modify
the trust requirement for one simple, and very cynical reason: the "trust fund" is "on budget", while
the USPS is not. Te trust funds don't do anything to "guarantee" future health benefits- they serve
only to transfer some of the federal deficit to the USPS, artificially lowering the government's
accumulated debt. The USPS's immediate problem isn't the internet or the unions- it's the age old
problem of politicians with their hands in the till.

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