Save the Postal Service from defaulting on payments.
  • Petitioned U.S. Congress

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Save the Postal Service from defaulting on payments.

    1. Ron Berry
    2. Petition by

      Ron Berry

      Bend, OR

It is no secret the US Postal Service is going broke. The reason for this is quite contrary to their popular "snail mail" image. The December 2008 issue of Consumer Reports makes it very clear that the US Postal Service is by far the best option for non commercial shipping, that means those of us who live in a regular housing and care where their money goes.

I see two issues that are killing the USPS and there are of course many others that I'm not privy to.

One is the Rate Commission. Unlike their competitors, the USPS has it's rates set for them. Even worse, the people setting the rates are not business people, they are politicians. The Rate Commission has Postal rates set so low that the company, yes it's ran as a company not government department, can not fulfill their duties on what the Rate Commission has meted out.

The second is a George W Bush mandate by law for the USPS to pre-pay billions in health care benefits every year into a retiree health benefit fund. From Wikipedia: "Congressional role - Of related significance is the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act of 2006 (PAEA), which obligates the USPS to prefund 75 years' worth of future health care benefit payments to retirees within a ten-year time span – a requirement to which no other government organization is subject. Thus, in addition to the weak economy and the diversion of mail to electronic means, the mandates of PAEA have had a considerable impact on Postal Service finances. As a consequence, it has been charged that the US Postal Service budget crisis of 2011 is, in essence, an artificial one.[31][36][37][38]

Congress also has the ability to affect the USPS budget by changing rates for postage.[39]"

The USPS is now set to default on the pre-funding on Sept. 30th. In April, the Senate passed a bipartisan bill, cosponsored by Carper, to help save the postal service by advocating for cost-cutting measures including restructuring the pre-fund. Congress on the other hand is doing what it does best, nothing. They have so many benefits but no obligations to do their jobs.

Please join me in telling US Congressional Representatives to stop the BS and do something to help the US Postal Service. Can the Rate Commission and ease up on the pre-fund. While they're at it, they might try to get something else done too.

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    • Valerie Nostdahl BOTTINEAU, ND
      • about 2 years ago

      Dear congress, I married a marine, who got out of the service, worked for himself for some 12 years, until deciding he wanted something betteer a retirment, so he took the us postal exam, and passed, waited 2 years to hear and got hired on my birthday, we appreciated the benifits for our daughter had medical problems so the usps health benifits were a blessing, then he got close to retirement , 3 years a way, we used to talk of how wondeful it would be to be retired and have grandkids , but then somehing happened to change all that, and for a man who had worked hard, did not grow up with much but had a work ethic, his life was turned upside down, and like the marine he had been , he serviced the whole town because he had 2 retirments in his office and one coworker injured, but he got orders not to replace anyone due to the fact his retirment fund had money in it, not only did it have money from his check but others also had contributed , coworkers, all, then it turned out he had to put more in even before the retirements took place in the office, just so the deficit could be smaller. I did not understand i thought it was for his retirmeent not a piggy bank, then the law changed to one for favor was shown to corporations who wanted to make sure they got more money, and helped congress to attack what a federal agency, sot that a marine who was trained to fight the enemy now had to fight his own goverment to get help in the office , to staff due to fair labor laws, which were being broken by the very govt that made them in to law, not only that the people who wold fight for him his union, well their contract was being broken also, so it became a time of lawlessness in the nation, where no longer could you have an employer treat you with respect, but instead you were more like a machine. Well his machine broke down, he died, and his retirmeent is in the coffers , since he apparently did not deserve to be teated like a human being. I would of like to have retired and been enjoying life, as a new grandmother , instead i had to bury my letter carrier, who I am told congress was concerned for his retirment or at least they pretend to be, so they took more money from his business in order to break the constitution about post office being built, dear congress, are you sure you want to do this and throw away our nation?

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    • Danny Baker KINGMAN, AZ
      • about 2 years ago

      This insanity of prefunding 75 years of benifits is just a ploy to break yet another public union and destroy a US function declared in the Constitution.

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    • Arlene Carle HYDABURG, AK
      • about 2 years ago

      Retired but believe in the Postal Service!

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