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GOP bankrupting the Postal Service and other community services not needed by the rich.

Kiss your mailman good-bye.

Kiss your mailman good-bye.

The conservative bastion Washington Post reports the demise of Saturday postal deliveries, related to the looming bankruptcy of the USPS. The Post article blames it on the internet. Ha ha. (Over the Line, Smokey! doesn’t link to that rag.)

The USPS is going bankrupt because in 2006 the Republicans in Congress snuck through a bill forcing the USPS to fully fund future pensions, a requirement not faced by other branches of government or the private sector. The object was and is to bankrupt the Postal Service and put them out of business. Rich people, unlike the great majority of citizens, don’t need or want the Postal Service or its home delivery or the many services offered at the post office. And, privatization of delivery services will enrich our already rich corporations like UPS, and convert decent career postal jobs into frantic lowpaid delivery boys racing brown trucks around our neighborhoods. It is just another variation on the privatization of our prison system (which as a private enterprise now lobbies legislatures and Congress to imprison more people for longer periods.) And of course all across the country, these “conservatives” are trying to cut library funding, fire fighting capabilities, and other community services and infrastructure that rich people don’t need. It’s the reverse of the process of building civilization and communities that our ancestors worked so hard for.

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