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Postal cuts to slow delivery of first-class mail

• AP
Facing bankruptcy, the U.S. Postal Service is pushing ahead with unprecedented cuts to first-class mail next spring that will slow delivery and, for the first time in 40 years, eliminate the chance for stamped letters to arrive the next day.

The estimated $3 billion in reductions, to be announced in broader detail on Monday, are part of a wide-ranging effort by the cash-strapped Postal Service to quickly trim costs, seeing no immediate help from Congress.


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Comment by David McElroy
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Hey, John Kawakami!  I am not a USPS employee, but as to your suggestion that the postal workers' pension fund is over funded, I raise a question. Could it be the USPS pension fund is not so much too generous to retirees but rather too heavily skimmed by federal bureaucrats? This skimming is a problem of numerous funds like Social Security, Medicare, and other pension funds. The people pay and pay into "trust" funds for years, while government administrators invest those funds to skim off the profits. Too often, they fail to repay the funds sufficiently and the retiring workers are told the funds are short and as these no-longer-working "useless eaters" are demonized as parasites expecting taxpayers to subsidize them. Pension funds aren't the problem so much as letting government handle the money... or anything else. Uncle Sam needs to be incarcerated and prosecuted.

Comment by John Kawakami
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The USPS is in the red because the postal workers' pensions are overfunded.  It was mandated by a 2006 law, and the postal unions are trying to repeal that part of the law.  It was a clever trick - to overfund the pension.  Apparently, if they keep paying at the current rate, they will have 75 years worth of retirement benefits per person.

The quick fix is to divert the pension money back into paying for expenses.  Simple.

Comment by Don Wills
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WRT the previous comment, the constitution does no such thing. Congress shall have the power "To establish Post Offices and post Roads". That doesn't mean that they have to. Where's the last post Road you've seen? Congress could abolish the post office and overturn the law that makes competition with the post office illegal, or it could privatize the post office with a phase in of competition. There are lots of options.

Comment by Temper Bay
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The Postal Service is mandated by the Constitution, but in todays Tech World it is becoming less and less necessary.   To operate within a working budget it can cut down delivery to three days a week (Mon-Wed-Fri), close unnecessary offices within cities, re-set retirement benefits for new hires, end most door-to-door mail delivery within cities, and reduce the size of personal thru attrition.  And finally, it would be nice to see Postal workers again have some CLASS.

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