Post by islander Post by El Castor
My cites included the Wasington Post. But here is something from
I like WaPo because they usually demand balanced reporting, especially
on their editorial pages. The article that you cited blamed the current
deficits on the 2006 Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act (PAEA).
It also points out what was going on in 2006. At the time, the Postal
Service was profitable and the Bush administration couldn't have that!
So they increased the reserve that is required for retirement benefits,
another attempt to reduce the power of the postal union, one of your
favorite whipping boys. The timing of this is important because with
the rule changes incorporated in the PAEA, the postal service was in
trouble (like many private corporations) as the bottom fell out of the
economy in the Great Recession. If you look back at the balance sheet
for the USPS, you will see that most of the debt that conservatives
complain about happened then, not only due to the changed rules
governing reserves, but also due to the early retirements, placing
additional strain on their balance sheet. If you recall, the same thing
happened in the California retirement system which was doing well in
2006, but which got into trouble in the Great Recession when income
Yes, the USPS has benefited from low interest government loans, just as
many other large private sector corporations have. Complaining about
that deserves a fair share of comparisons with what was going on in the
private sector economy.
As to Quora, I like it because it has a wide diversity of opinion among
participants. If you look at participation in the particular citation
that you used, you will find counter arguments. You should try some of
your arguments on Quora. You will find some who will agree with you,
but you will also get other perspectives from people who are well
prepared to support their positions.
It is a shame that soc.retirement is reduced to only a few posts worth
reading, much less to respond to. I would suggest that Quora is a good
replacement - much larger participation and includes a lot of features
that I like, including the ability to include graphics. Their rules
also tend to discourage trolls and other people who resort to uncivil
USENET as a discussion forum is dying, and with it soc.retirement.
Most activity these days is in the binary groups.
Getting back to the Post Office ...
"Some progressive reports have tried to make out the funding
requirement as a poisoned pill pushed by small government Republicans
intended on bankrupting the Postal Service, but two of the three
co-sponsors were Democrats, including Henry Waxman of Los Angeles. And
that year his biggest financial supporters included the Postal Workers
Union, the National Association of Postmasters and the National Rural
Letter Carriers Association."
I'd add that Democrats had eight years of Obama to do something. Here
is Obama on the subject ...
"President Barack Obama's not-so-subtle dig at the U.S. Postal
Service"UPS and FedEx are doing just fine. ... It's the Post Office
that's always having problems"has sent his cheerful relations with
America's postal unions to the dead letter office."
Bottom line -- Technology has left the Post Office in the dust of