Friday, 10 February 2012
Beer Delivery from the Post Office
That's just one of Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders' ideas to “save” the post office from draconian cuts that would, probably, destroy it.
Well, it would not need saving except that six years ago during the Bush administration, Republicans in Congress forced the U.S. Postal Service into unnecessary pre-funding of its' retiree health benefits that some say was deliberately done by Republicans so that the post office could be privatized.
I could detail all this to you, but I'm trying to take a day off from blogging and on Thursday evening on MSNBC, Ed Schultz did a pretty good job of it. So take a look at this video – Ed's explanation of the post office crisis and his guest, Bernie Sanders:
Here are some documents with further information that I would usually digest for you but don't have the time today:
As to those beer deliveries, Sanders said at a press conference on Monday that he wants a blue ribbon commission to give the Postal Service ideas about how it can substantially increase revenue by offering far more services than today.
"Let's be clear: these short-term accounting efforts will not solve the long-term financial problems facing the U.S. Postal Service,” said Sander. “In order to do that, the Postal Service needs to adopt an entirely new business model which makes it much more entrepreneurial, pro-business, and pro-consumer compared to where it is today.”
If the postal service cuts go through, many small and rural communities will lose their post offices altogether taking a terrible toll on small and home businesses.
This is a good thing to call your Congressional representatives about because many Republicans represent those rural communities so appear to be willing to join Sanders in stemming the cuts. As always, you can contact them via Open Congress and many other online locations.
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