Here are some facts worth knowing about the U.S. Postal Office that are factual, beyond any doubt and should be used when dealing with anyone who’s in favor of shutting it down:
Article I, Section 8, Clause 7 of the United States Constitution written and ratified by the founders of this country empowered Congress “to establish Post offices and Post roads”. It was written and ratified long before anyone even thought of a 2nd Amendment. It was established as not only a way to spread information throughout the nation, but also as a way to generate revenue for the United States Government. It was another example of “Socialism” that was favored by our founders.
The Post Office does not operate under any federal tax sources. The tax payer doesn’t support its operation. Its operating funds come from the revenue generated from delivery of mail, packages and sales of postal related items. Further, it is not permitted to earn and maintain a profit. It is designed as a non-profit organization unlike Fed Ex.
Were it not for an act of the Lame Duck session of the Republican led House of representatives in 2006 known as the “Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act” that requires the Post Office to pre-fund 75 years of postal workers pensions in a ten year period of time, the post office would not be in debt and looking at shutting down post offices, slashing service and ending Saturday deliveries in order to fund the pension. Were it not for this requirement, the Post Office would have a $1.5 billion dollar surplus. Instead it is now billions in debt.
No private company or public service agency has ever been required to pre-fund their pensions in this matter. It is the only reason the Post Office is in debt and it served no good purpose.
Although many now use the internet for personal communications and even payment of bills, many in this country do not have access in internet infrastructure. Further, many rely on the U.S. Postal Service to vote, get prescription drugs, ship items for their businesses throughout the Country. The Post Office covers the entire nation unlike private corporations such as Federal Express. Further, for the limited areas Fed Ex covers, they charge substantially more than the U.S. Postal Service.
Though it is Congress that is working to place the Post Office in debt, Congressmen and Senators nonetheless continue to make full use of the Postal Service for mailing out information to their constituents at tax payer expense. If they have to go to a private company, the cost to the tax payer would increase substantially.
Now what follows is speculation, but it adds up and I challenge anyone to convince me otherwise. Congress acted in order to shut down the Postal Service in order to privatize postal service across the country. Further, by placing the U.S. Postal Service into bankruptcy, all of its assets go for sale to private industry at rock bottom prices. The 75 year funded pension fund would be used for some other government service unrelated to the people. The Congressman at the lead of this scam is convicted criminal Darrell Issa of California. A sleaze if you ever saw one. He and his compatriots stand to make a lot of money from the downfall of the U.S. Postal service while the people in the nation suffer by higher cost of business, lack of needed services, and death of an organization that has stood strong and served this nation since Benjamin Franklin only to be stabbed in the back by con men like Darrell Issa.
Tell your Congressman and Senators to reverse this con and return the Postal Service to solvency for yourself and the nation.