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Everyday Erinyes #163

US Politics & Gov't  (tags: Furies, USPS, Post Office, A Grand Alliance, Congress, prefunding requirement, taxes, postal banking, Elizabeth Warren, Bill Pascrell, privatization )

- 92 days ago -
A post on TomCat's blog. Another privatization worry - this time, the Postal Service.


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Angelflowers D (1)
Saturday April 20, 2019, 11:46 am

David C (75)
Saturday April 20, 2019, 2:00 pm
USPS is a national treasure and should be supported and appreciated by all.

Leo Custer (312)
Saturday April 20, 2019, 3:46 pm
Thank you for sharing!

Pat B (354)
Saturday April 20, 2019, 5:58 pm
I got a couple little notes in my personal email account, that said that our little local p.o. was fixin' to close. I read the whole blurp, and wanted me to sign the petition to save our P.O.'s, which I did. Pretty depressing, imho. I had no idea that they were being targeted, but it seems nationwide. Geezh, can't dt leave well enough alone??

Post offices are a place of meeting your neighbor, seeing an old friend and getting a chance to talk or catch up, and socialize...and to pick up your mail, or send a letter, at least in our little town.

Like Dave mentioned, USPS is a necessity here, and they are very professional and polite, as are the postal workers who I know by name, and the rural carrier here. Yes, they are a National Treasure!!

Thanks, for the informative post, Joanne, and by all means ... send the Furies to work on this.

JL A (281)
Saturday April 20, 2019, 7:48 pm
Thanks for a worthy focus Joanne! Even State pension fund rules do not force anywhere near that amount of future funding for retirees nor county or other local agencies--it is fiscally irresponsible, which is why those who wanted to pay back campaign donors by privatizing intentionally created the fiscal problem.

Lona Goudswaard (66)
Saturday April 20, 2019, 10:56 pm
Thanks for the history lesson, Joanne. I can’t really comment on the expansion of your USPS, as I’ve never experienced having a postal service which was part of the Constitution. In fact I’ve never lived in a country with a Constitution.

The Dutch government had an undertaking called the PTT (Post, Telegraph and Telephone and including a bank) under its wing until they privatized the bank in 1986, then split the remainder in a Postal branch and a Telecom branch in 1989. The Postal Service was privatized in 1994 and sold to an Australian company, TNT, in 1996. Since then it’s been a down-hill story for both the Dutch and the Aussie Postal Services. Both have split up in old-fashioned postal delivery and in parcel delivery, the latter being more viable as internet shopping is taking over. Post offices have almost disappeared and are usually reduced to a corner in a shop or mall, often selling some other (TV) products on the side. With letter writing almost extinct and most communication going paperless, Postal Services seem to be doomed here in the long run.

Lynn Squance (235)
Sunday April 21, 2019, 4:48 am
An interesting history lesson. I knew about the devastating healthcare payments that were foisted on the PO — must have been a Republican thing! If not, it was certainly something they gladly continued. Let’s face it, news and other communications are a target for wanna be diktators — cut off communications and opposition is reduced.
Elizabeth Warren has the correct vision for an expanded postal system.

Resist, Persist, Remove!!!

Lock HIM up!!!

Silence is Consent!!!

Colleen L (3)
Sunday April 21, 2019, 10:03 pm
There is no reason on Earth, why the USPS isn't being treated with much more respect. They do so much for people all throughout the country. To even speak of closing any of them is crazy. They should be getting increases to help them grow, not cuts.
Thanks Joanne

Animae C (508)
Monday April 22, 2019, 8:09 am
Thanx Joanne
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