I need to clear up some misinformation regarding the newspaper’s editorial on the U.S. Postal Service.
In 2006, the Bush administration required the Postal Service to pre-fund its retirees’ health benefits 75 years into the future. This means the USPS is paying for people not even born yet. This also means that Congress demanded universal health care coverage, but only for the USPS.
Yes, the age of the Internet may have taken away first class letter mail, but it opened the floodgates to Internet shopping. In the years 2005, 2006 and 2007, the USPS saw the largest volume in pieces in its history.
The Postal Service is in the Constitution; it’s more than just a business, it is a service for the people. This is just another attempt to privatize and destroy the USPS and the unions.
An inspector general audit found that an overpayment of $50 billion to $75 billion had been made into the health care fund. Why does the postmaster general make more than the president?
The money overpaid for health care needs to be returned. Problem solved. No layoffs, no Saturday closures and no closing of small community offices, which are the heart of most small towns.