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Sounds like you are saying that we shouldn’t have the USPS?

Like John was saying, they’ve had confining regulations put on them, because repubs have wanted it privatized. 
Or do you want USPS privatized?

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Un like every other Co. the postal service has to fund it operations like cash rather than deferred which other Cos. do. This means they have to have cash to back up things like pension plans in total as soon as they take on the liability.  Let them operate as all other Cos. do, or make other Cos. operate as they do then you can compare.

Read all you want but that solves nothing. What we need is less reading, and more following what the experts have told us.


There are plenty of businesses that work on a cash basis, including pensions & other employee benefits, like health care coverage.

 

But ya know - having the USPS work like other businesses would be OK with me - but some of that quasi-government stuff would have to go -  What works would be offered (at a premium of course) and what doesn't work goes by the wayside.

 

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Read all you want but that solves nothing. What we need is less reading, and more following what the experts have told us.

 

Do you know how stupid that comment sounds?  Which "experts" ?  Accountants, Lawyers, Successful Business owners, Politicians, Someone from the Government ???

 

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Since 1st class mail and higher is going lower and lower in volume, perhaps the government (including states) should step up and pay their fair share for what they want to mail.

If they want priority handling from the USPS - they need to pay for this service.

 

It is supposed to run like a "private business" so let them charge what they want for each class of service and the customers will decide what's best for them.


No it is not. It is run as the far right Reb. set it up to run. For failure as they want to privatize it. Trump is now destroying it like he does everything else he touches.

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Since 1st class mail and higher is going lower and lower in volume, perhaps the government (including states) should step up and pay their fair share for what they want to mail.

If they want priority handling from the USPS - they need to pay for this service.

 

It is supposed to run like a "private business" so let them charge what they want for each class of service and the customers will decide what's best for them.

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Un like every other Co. the postal service has to fund it operations like cash rather than deferred which other Cos. do. This means they have to have cash to back up things like pension plans in total as soon as they take on the liability.  Let them operate as all other Cos. do, or make other Cos. operate as they do then you can compare.

Read all you want but that solves nothing. What we need is less reading, and more following what the experts have told us.

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@GailL1   In all the years that we have been in this message board, and how many years we have both discussed the Health Care system and the comprehensive Immigration laws and none of that has in reality happened? 

The same with what you are saying. the two parties have no idea on how to govern. 

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Message 27 of 29

@Roxanna35 

 

Perhaps we should begin by just asking everybody, including government, to pay for the services they desire just like everybody else.

 

Want 1st class USPS services - pay 1st class rates.

 

Perhaps we need to allow them to discontinue things that aren't money makers anymore like some bulk mail sorters.  JUNK MAIL isn't what many want to see in their mailbox and it isn't a necessity.

 

Perhaps we need to have some "temps" that are outside of the normal crew that has benefits - that can help out with some overload.  That means changing union rules with some flexibility.

 

There is a lot that the USPS can do to help their bottom line without cutting actual services - but they can't do that if their hands are tied to make some changes.  But since Congress has to be involved - getting any agreement here (or on anything really) isn't working well.  WE are at an impasse on many things. 

So just vote for "NONE OF THE ABOVE"   😋

 

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If I remember correctly the USPS has always has had a big problem, with how they have their pension money. and their financial situation  has always been an issue. But, if Fedex and the other can survive, the mail is much more important than  any other  type of equal service.
Therefore, there has to bed a resolution instead of bickering over money for this service.

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USPS U.S. Postal Service's Financial Viability - High Risk Issue Report

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Government Accountability Office - U.S. Postal Service's Financial Viability - High Risk Issue 2019 ... 

 

USPS has missed $48.2 billion in required payments for postal retiree health and pension benefits as of September 30, 2018.  This includes $42.6 billion in missed payments for retiree health benefits since fiscal year 2010, and $5.6 billion in missed payments for pension benefits since fiscal year 2014. If USPS does not make any more payments for retiree health benefits, the fund supporting these benefits is projected by the Office of Personnel Management to be depleted in fiscal year 2030. If the fund is depleted, USPS would be required by law to make the payments necessary to cover its share of health benefits premiums for postal retirees. However, current law does not address what would happen if USPS misses those payments. Depletion of the fund, together with USPS’s potential inability to make remaining contributions, could affect postal retirees as well as USPS, customers, and other stakeholders, including the federal government.

 

Since 1st class mail and higher is going lower and lower in volume, perhaps the government (including states) should step up and pay their fair share for what they want to mail.

If they want priority handling from the USPS - they need to pay for this service.

 

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