Our ‘Broke’ US Postal Service Giving Away Billions In Profits

Our ‘Broke’ US Postal Service Giving Away Billions In Profits

As United States Postal Service faces the dire threat of bankruptcy due to lack of profitability in reality it is giving billions in profits to private companies.

UPS just delivered two packages on my doorstep.

The first box was a UPS package.

The second package is a United States Postal Service Priority Mail package.

Immediately an alarm went off in my head as I just remembered blogging about how the USPS was set to default on a massive payment claiming they couldn’t afford to pay it because they aren’t making money.
What the fuck… Wait a minute. UPS just delivered their package for them and UPS isn’t doing that if they aren’t making a profit on the delivery.

So first of all, why the fuck is a private company delivering federal government mail in the first place.

Second of all, why the hell is the federal government’s mail service – who is complaining they aren’t making any money – allowing a for profit company to make a profit off a delivery they should have made themselves.

Especially since the federal government’s mailman just delivered mail to the same damn mail box just an hour or so prior.

I smell a scandal here. How long has this been going and how wide spread is this practice?

Then to make matters worse – the postage for the federal government’s package is marked being paid for by Pitney Bowes.

A quick WikiPedia lookup of Pitney Bowes reveals yet another company making billions of dollars a year off the federal government’s postal service – charging them for a whole range of services such as barcode scanning, software, accounting and other services.

I don’t know, so I hit up Google and the first thing pops up is a Democracy Now! interview with Congressman Dennis Kucinich – one of the few politicians in Washington DC that has even an ounce of integrity – and there he is talking about the entire bankruptcy of the postal service is a being manufactured to speed up the privatization of the Postal Service so Wall Street banks and corporations can profit.

I do some more search and learn that private corporations are making billions upon billions of dollars due to their arrangements with the postal service which have non-coincidentally been arranged following intensive lobbying of our congress by these same corporations.

Yet in every single corporate media news report not a single mentioned of these vampire corporations leeching off the lifeblood of the US postal service.

Of course now it is at the point if the parasites aren’t removed the host will die.

Unfucking believable – Mark my words Wall Street will bring this country to its end.

Here’s the Democracy Now! interview I mentioned above.
As U.S. Postal Service Faces Default, Critics See Manufactured Crisis to Speed Up Privatization

For months, Americans have heard dire warnings about the impending collapse of the United States Postal Service due to fiscal insolvency. As Republicans push to privatize the post office, the agency is now bracing for its first-ever default today. Unlike every other governmental agency, the Postal Service is required to fund 75 years of retiree health benefits over just a 10-year span. We discuss the fight over the Postal Service with Democratic Rep. Dennis Kucinich of Ohio and Chuck Zlatkin of the New York Metro Area Postal Union. “The American people have to wake up here about what’s happening with the Postal Service,” Kucinich says. “The whole concept of the Postal Service, embedded in that is the idea of universal service, that if you’re poor, you live in a rural area, you’re going to get served just like someone who lives in a city and who may be wealthy.” [includes rush transcript]

AMY GOODMAN: That’s Republican Congressmember Darrell Issa. Your response from the other side of the aisle, Congressman Kucinich?

REP. DENNIS KUCINICH: Well, Darrell Issa is a brilliant businessman. I mean, he—you know, if we put Darrell Issa in charge of the U.S. post office and had that as his charge to help the post office survive, he’d figure out a way to do it. But he’s on the other side of this. You know, he’s advocating the cause of private business. OK, let’s look at that. But it’s not his decision to make alone.

We have to understand this principle of universal service goes beyond corporate profit. It goes to the essence of what a democracy is about. Think about it. Why did the founders put the post office in the Constitution? I mean, really? You know, they were delivering mail by horseback then. So, there’s—because there was a thought about being able to move the commerce of the country, and not only that, but to be able to help people communicate with each other. That need is no less. Can the post office update itself? Of course. But that’s not what the argument is underpinning this. The argument is whether or not the post office is going to survive and whether it’s—or whether it’s going to be thrown in a trash bin to be picked up by corporate interests, who will get it for essentially pennies on the dollar and then recapitalize it to make hundreds of billions or trillions of dollars in the long run. We cannot let that happen.

NERMEEN SHAIKH: Chuck Zlatkin, before we conclude, I’d just like to ask you—the post office is the second-largest employer in the U.S. after Wal-Mart. Can you say a little about what—who would be—what communities would be the most greatly impacted by what happens tonight, if there is a decision taken?

CHUCK ZLATKIN: Well, no one will be impacted by tonight, because this is—they’re just not making a payment that they don’t have to make in the first place. Service will continue. What will be used by tonight will be excuses for the forces of privatization, the people who want to destroy the Postal Service, to move forward with their plan. But the people who most depend upon the service are the elderly, poor people, the disabled, small-business owners. They can’t afford the alternative. It’s for them that we’re fighting, because as far as the union is concerned, if the people get the service they deserve, there will be plenty of jobs for us. The Postal Service isn’t a make-work business. It’s an essential service for the American people.

AMY GOODMAN: Congressmember Kucinich, I wanted to ask you about a couple other quick issues. In Texas, the Tea Party-backed candidate, Ted Cruz, has defeated Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst in a runoff for the Republican Senate nomination. Cruz had once been considered a long-shot candidate but surged in the polls to beat out Dewhurst, who had won the backing of Texas Governor Rick Perry. Dewhurst was considered conservative; Cruz, the Tea Party candidate. The significance of this?

REP. DENNIS KUCINICH: Well, you know, the Tea Party remains organized. And who’s ever organized obviously has an advantage in an election, allowing that the organization also is funded. So, you know, the Tea Party is a powerful force—can’t be denied.

AMY GOODMAN: And your plans, Congressmember Kucinich? You will be leaving the Congress. What do you plan to do next?

REP. DENNIS KUCINICH: Well, I—it’s a range of things. I mean, I’m accelerating towards the finish line and just doing everything I can to use the available time to keep championing the concerns of the American people. But I’ve already established an organization called Kucinich Action, which is at KucinichAction.com, which will hold our political activity as a constant factor in helping people organize at all levels, but to keep our focus also trained on matters of war and peace, on jobs, on the environment. So, KucinichAction.com is goign to be part of my political activity. Beyond that, there’s a number of different options I’m looking at. I’m really doing everything I can to stay as focused on the duty at hand in Washington, including, of course, trying to work with others to save this Postal Service.

AMY GOODMAN: Congressmember Kucinich, I want to thank you very much for being with us.


AMY GOODMAN: And Chuck Zlatkin of the New York Metro Area [Postal] Union, thank you very well—thank you very much for being with us, as well.

This is Democracy Now!, democracynow.org, The War and Peace Report. When we come back, we’re going to cover the court-martial of those involved with the death of Private Danny Chen and also go inside a Broward jail to speak with a young activist who’s trying to find out about immigrants inside who should not be deported. Stay with us.

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