USPS financial troubles are a Republican scheme

2012-06-05T00:00:00Z USPS financial troubles are a Republican scheme

In the 2006 lame duck session, the Republican-controlled Congress passed a bill signed by President George W. Bush requiring the U.S. Postal Service to fund 75 years of pensions in a 10-year window.

The USPS uses no tax dollars. Why the requirement?

Plain and simple: The USPS has the largest USA union and the GOP wants to privatize it, thus they can continue to erode Democrats' base and replace it with friendly corporations.

Currently, FedEx and UPS contract with USPS to complete delivery to less profitable destinations. USPS, by law, has to deliver to everyone. Privatizing USPS means that if you live in Knox, you might have to drive to Valparaiso to get your mail and everyone can say goodbye to a 45-cent letter.

Also, many workers will be fired and rural, less profitable, locations will be closed.

If you carry an “R” in your wallet, is this what you support? Who wins? Who loses?

- Rafael Mendez, Gary

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