USPS is in Mammon's crosshairs
Sweet Babou and I traipsed down to the post office the other day to get our passports. There was a certain amount of tedious involved, in that forms had to be filled out in black ink and pictures had to be given and whatnot. There was also a certain amount of moolah that had to be handed over as well. Our combined passports were more than $300. I don’t know about y’all, but that was a big-ass chunk of change to us. Considering it is government paperwork, I don’t see why they cannot be issued like Social Security cards, but okay that’s the way it goes.
My passport picture looks crap on toast. I think that is the very definition of “official” photos.
The postal worker who helped us and handled everything was very nice and very efficient. I tend to appreciate the postal service. My grandfather was a postal worker for decades before he retired. It seems to me that it is a good thing for a country to have.
Apparently, there are some jackasses on the Far Right who disagree. They think everything should be privatized. Because there are no inefficiencies in private enterprise whatsoever. Private companies are all run by unicorns that never create redundancies or mistakes. Also, the postal services has those most dreaded of evil workers – union members who have a living wage and health care. Private companies would NEVER need those mean ol’ union meanies, because private companies NEVER pay their workers a pittance and deny them healthcare. Private companies love, love, love paying their employees well and treating them right – which is why private companies never bust up unions or send jobs to hell-holes where workers are treated like wage-slaves. Private companies never jack up prices for their product, either. The pixies in charge of the service fairy won’t let them.
In order to argue for privatization, the Far Right had to argue that the government run post office was ‘broken’. This was a problem because the post office was working fine. Thus, the Far Right asshats figured out a way to put the postal service in “crisis”:
“Congress passed the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act of 2006 (PAEA). Under PAEA, USPS was forced to “prefund its future health care benefit payments to retirees for the next 75 years in an astonishing ten-year time span” — meaning that it had to put aside billions of dollars to pay for the health benefits of employees it hasn’t even hired yet, something “that no other government or private corporation is required to do … if PAEA was never enacted, USPS would actually be facing a id="mce_marker".5 billion surplus today”.
It should come as a shock to no one that FedEx and UPS are pumping funds into the campaigns of the politicians who are actively destroying the post office. The plot thickens to a fokking chowder when you realize that:
“FedEx and UPS are members of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and both companies have held the vice-chair position on this insidious anti worker and union busting group” and “Fed Ex,UPS and other ALEC members will profit immensely by the privatizing of the Postal Service and the destruction of their unions.”
Hmmm. Private companies willing to lie, cheat, steal, and treat workers like garbage just to make more money? Say it isn’t so!