War on the USPS

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It all began in 2006 during the Bush administration. It was the end of the U.S. Postal Service in this country as we know it. The Republican Congress passed legislation demanding the post office prefund 75 years of its employee benefits package in 10 years. This amounted to $5.5 billion annually. 

There is no other corporation in this country that has been subjected to this type of scrutiny. The postal service is not funded by the federal government.

U.S. Rep. Darrell Issa, a multimillionaire and chairman of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, has outlined the cost of door-slot deliveries, but he hasn’t mentioned what it will cost to build proposed communal stations all over the country when we already have post offices in place. It seems as if this is his attempt to award private, lucrative contracts in order to bust up the unions. We have no control over this destruction. Rep. Issa will make exceptions for the people with disabilities, etc., but if you want door-slot deliveries, it will cost you when it is free now.

There is a trial balloon in certain states for Staples, a private corporation, to have its nonunion, unskilled clerks sell stamps and other postal services provided by the post offices. They are probably earning the minimum wage.

Does the public understand how many veterans are hired by the U.S. Postal Service? Rep. Issa and his committee are ruthless and have no compassion for the average citizen. The only allegiance they have is to multinational corporations, multimillionaires and billionaires.

The U.S. Postal Service is only an example of what the Republicans have to offer you. They will control our destiny!

GRACE FASCETTI
Bethel Park


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