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How does Darrell Issa Benefit from the privatization of the United States Post Office (Special updates 2014)

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How does Darrell Issa Benefit for the privatization of the United States Post Office

The Promise of the United States Postal Service for more than 231 years has always been that no matter who the people are or where they live, every person in the United States has the right to send and receive secure mail, that is affordable.

Q. What does the USPS mean to you? -

Darrell Issa with his Tea Party/GOP/Conservative cohorts seek to destroy the United States Postal Service.

War was declared in 2006 with the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act. H.R.6407 (109th) bill was written by Rep. Thomas "Tom" Davis III (R) VA, on December 7, 2006

It was signed into law by then President George W. Bush.

Why are you Surprised?

Then on September 27, 2011, Darrell Issa turned against the very union that supported his re-election campaign.

According to the Open Secrets Blog, Darrell Issa would be No. 10 beneficiary to Postal Union money, once the Postal Service is defunct.

Q. How is that for a poke in the eye with a sharp stick?

What is H.R. 6407?

H.R. stands for House of Representatives bill

http://beta.congress.gov/bill/109th/house-bill/6407


Special up-date 2014

Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) Committee Chairman of the House Oversight and
Government Reform, introduced a bill that would replace the controversial new
cut in 'Pensions' benefits for working-age military retirees by allowing the U.S. Postal Service to end Saturday mail delivery.

What does this mean? that the "CONGRESS" will not cut benefits for our Military, because they (THE CONGRESS) is allowing the U.S. Postal Service to end Saturday mail delivery?

An article in The Washington Post stated that the USPS would have posted a profit in 2013, if not for the 'CONGRESSIONAL MANDATE' requiring the pre-funding retirement benefits for future retirees, and because of this MANDATE the USPS reported a loss of $5 billion last year.

How much longer do we have to wait before we can vote the Obstructionist

I agree with what the steven8817 who said: The U.S had a budget surplus when George W. Bush took office in 2001. Over the next 8 years this turned into a Trillion dollar yearly deficit. Unpaid for tax cuts, a war in Iraq, expansion of Medicare and an economic collapse produced this mess. Republicans continue to play games with America's future by cutting vital services and refusing to increase revenue to pay down our deficit. Their refusal to seriously negotiate with President Obama is damaging our future.

Why does the GOP/Mr.Issa want to do this?

The United States Postal Service, from 1982 has been and continues to be a successful and Independently run entity of the United States Government.

The United States Postal Service does not cost taxpayers anything.

500.000 plus, people are employed by the United States Postal Service and is the largest employer of veterans of any other employer in the world.

The United States Postal Service is explicitly authorized by the United States Constitution.

Q. Why do Conservatives want to eviscerate a successfully run business?

Legislation approved Wednesday July 24,2013

The Republicans and Committee Chair, Darrell Issa of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee and sponsor of the bill, 'CLAIM' this is an effort to stabilize the sinking Postal Service finances.

But the approved legislation on Wednesday, July 24, 2013 is anything but stablizing and will only change the relationship between the United States Postal Service and its employees and customers.

USPS workers, who are also customers, and whether Darrell Issa and the Republicans know it or not, workers/customers are also voters, and they do not like what is being done to their jobs, the Postal Service and its Union.


Why is the Post Office failing?

Because the Republican Congress and Darrell Issa want to Privatize/Close/eviscerate the USPS, and APWU (American Postal Workers Union,) have placed unrealistic demands on them!

The GOP/Tea Party Republican Congress, with the aid of Darrell Isssa and the power of his position have deliberately placed unrealistic requirements on the United States Post Office, so they can privatize the mail delivery.

I can't understand WHY? Could it have something to do with the fact that conservatives,'HATE' unions. The American Postal Workers Unions (APWU) has over 300,000 members, and is one of the largest Unions in the United States, and employs more veterans than any other employer, benefits the poor and middle class in this country.

Is this the GOPs way to Privatize the United States Postal Service and turn it over to a 'private entity' that would benefit the Greed Old Party both financially and Politically?

Do they want to turn mail delivery over to companies such as Fed-Ex and UPS, if so what is their kick back?

I heard a joke once that Fed-Ex and UPS plan to merge and they would call the new Company Fed-Up.

No other government or private corporation is required to do this.

The GOP’s Relentless Quest to Destroy the US Postal Service Is Almost Done.

War on the Post Office was declared in 2006 by the GOP, and they continue to look for ways to destroy it to this day.

Prior to 2006, the US Postal Service workers had a retiree health care benefit in addition to their pension. Before Congress passed the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act of 2006 (or PAEA), the USPS operated under a pay-as-you-go model for retiree health care funding.

In 2006, the Congress passed the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act of 2006, and was signed by then President Bush.

The bill stated that the Post Office had to pre-fund its future health care benefit payments to retirees for the next 75 years in just a ten-year time span. In other words, they have to pay for health benefits for employees that. A. have not even been hired yet, B. theoretically, have not been born yet. No other government or private corporation is required to do this.

Q. Who would work for 75 years?

Q. Where would the money go and who would benefit if the Postal Service is out of business?

Darrell Issa and the GOP are looking for more ways to kill the Post Offices.

Congressman Darrell Issa leader of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee is leading the way to destroy the United States Postal Service.

Definition of Oversight: Mistake, failure to notice, slip, omission

Q. Do the republican voters, (ordinary voters) plan to watch as the GOP has their Tea Party destroy the Post Office and the Postal Union?

Q. We all know that the GOP Hates the unions, and wants to destroy them all. Don't you care that they have 'LIED TO YOU,' or did they do exactly what you expected and wanted them to do?

The United States Post Office looks for ways to save itself

The Post Office looks for ways to save itself, from the Republicans, who are determined to destroy it, led by Republican Congressman Darrell Issa, who continues to look for ways to destroy it.

Representative Issa, leader of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, now wants to end all at-home delivery by the year 2022.

The Congressional Research Service (CRS) works exclusively for the United States Congress, with Congressman Darrell as it leader.

War on Postal workers

My son Brett working for the Post Office

Brett working for the Post Office
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Privatize.

Republicans think, if they can't own it, It should be Privatized!

Save the USPS!

I these people can't benefit financially from this they will destroy it if they can.
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    • Au fait profile image

      C E Clark 3 years ago from North Texas

      Voted up, useful, and awesome! Your poke in the eye with a sharp stick was very astute. I'm betting many postal workers are voting to close the post-offices across this country completely -- in other words voting Republican. ;) Sharing. Also pinning.

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      Jaye Denman 3 years ago from Deep South, USA

      Shyron - The USPS has the best record for delivery without damage of any other delivery service available in the USA. UPS warehouse workers and delivery employees, in their quest for speed, THROW packages and damage both packages and contents. Packages also get STOLEN sometimes when in the hands of UPS, due to employee theft. I've had both experiences with them. I never send a package by any other service than USPS, and I keep trying to convince Amazon to stop using them.

      Good luck trying to get UPS to reimburse you for theirs carelessness, for the damage or theft of your package, regardless what it cost you. If whoever you bought it from doesn't pay for your losses, you surely won't get your money back from UPS. FedEx isn't much better. Every time they damage one of my deliveries, I'm on the phone to Amazon with a complaint and a demand for a replacement or my money back. I take digital photos of the damage and email them to Amazon.

      (It's impossible to photograph something that's stolen, and I actually had to appeal a "delivered" notice for something that was NOT delivered. Fortunately, the vendor--not Amazon in this instance--believed me. They'd probably encountered this with UPS previously. )

      I'm disgusted with the GOP's actions to privatize the USPS and end centuries of excellent mail service to Americans. I'm angered at the threat to USPS employees and their livelihood.

      More dirty tricks from Republicans? No, Shyron...I'm never surprised at what they do to further their own agenda. Disgusted and angered, but not surprised.

      Voted Up++

      Jaye

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Thank you Au fait for your comments, I am betting you are right. Like cutting off their nose to spite their face, and when they realize what they have done there will be no way to go back, but the GOP will find a way to to blame the democrats.

      I appreciate your pinning and sharing.

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Thank you Jaye, I really appreciate you, your comments and up votes. Funny thing is most people don't realize what is happening right under their nost.

      I almost always mail my bills, then one I did not feel well and decided to pay one on line. The company was going to charge me $1.50 to pay that way. Can you just imagine what they will charge if there is no more Postal Service?

      The only thing we can do to fight this is vote them out.

      Thank you again Jaye my friend for you up-vote++

      Shyron

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      Paul Richard Kuehn 3 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand

      Shyron,

      This is a very interesting hub for me, because since living in Thailand, I have not really followed the attempts in Congress to privatize the Post Office. What I do know is that since the advent of email a really lot of people are not sending letters anymore through the mail. With the ability to scan documents and attach them to emails it also isn't necessary to send them now through the mail. You can do banking and so many things online that it really isn't necessary to send payments by the mail. Late last month, I send a legal form through the Thailand mail by registered mail with no signed receipt required to my hometown just north of Chicago. I was able to track the letter from Thailand until it arrived in the United States at New York's JFK Airport. What really upset me is that it took 12 days from August 4 when the letter first arrived in the States until August 16 for the legal party in Wisconsin to receive it. Now I know why they call it the snail mail. Voted up and sharing with followers.

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      Justsilvie 3 years ago

      Very Informative. In the rush to privatize everything they can get their hands on for the sake of profit nothing is scared and as you your Hub points out USPS have taken so many hits it is hard to believe it is still standing. Also funny to me how the constitution is constantly brought up in the gun debate, but forgotten in this one.

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Paul,

      Thank you for reading, commenting, for your up-vote and sharing my hub.

      I agree with you, the mail is at a snail's pace. We have sons who live in Chicago Land and it usually takes 4 days. for them to receive Birthday Cards and letters or packages.

      But to send a letter by Fed-Ex or UPS would cost $$$$$ not $0.47 as the Postal Service does. And the likelihood of a letter reaching its destination in good shape, in my opinion is less than likely.

      My husband ordered a plastic cap for the oil filter for his tractor which weighed less than 3 ounces, and UPS charged $29.00 for shipping. I placed another order for my husband and that part weighed less than five ounces and was sent by the USPS and it cost $0.97. This was last month.

      I like communicating by computer, but to send cards, letters and packages. The Postal Service can't be beat. But, this hub isn't just about time, or the quality of service, it is about the Congress (Republican) forcing the Postal Service to fund health care benefits and retiree benefits 75 years ahead.

      You have to be 18 to work for the USPS, and if a person worked all their lift for the Post Office that would only be 47 years. If the Post Office employs, 500,000.00 people, and they are forced to fund that many people including people who are not born yet and may never work for the Post Office.

      When the USPS is defunct/privatized, whose pocket does that prefunding go into?

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      Doodlehead 3 years ago from Northern California

      And the flip side is that printed mail usage is way down as email usage is way up. Fedex has taken away a lot of business from the USPS.

      The business plan of the USPS has been in trouble way before ISSA appeared on the scene.

      The reduction in volume of mail is a big factor along with people choosing alternate methods of bill pay and so forth.

      The job of the government is supposed to be to protect the people. In this day and age, where the government is invading our privacy, it could be looked at as their handling every piece of mail as a conflict of interest.

      As a taxpayer, why fund a losing enterprise? Unless you think Solyndra was a great investment.

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Silvie,

      Thank you for your visit and your comments.

      You are right about the GOP (especially the Tea Party Republicans) and anything that is good for the common people. It looks like greed will win out every time.

      The Gun Debate, I did not forget, that is not what my hub is about, this is a separate issue. Write a hub about Gun Control and send me a link to it.

      Shyron

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      I meant to say the GOP want to privatize every and anything that is to the benefit of the average American People.

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Doodlehead,

      Thank you for your input on my hub.

      You are right, Fed-ex has taken away a lot of business from the USPS, but at what cost? The cost to send a letter with one sheet of paper in it, 25 years ago cost $10, and Fed-Ex will not go everywhere, there are lot of places that the Post Office will go, Fed-Ex will not.

      The reduction in volume, does not necessarily mean the loss of all revenue.

      The United States Postal Service is an entity of the government, but separate. It is not funded by our government. It does depend on our government.

      So...how is that a conflict of interest?

      Again, if you read my hub, the Government does NOT fund the Post Office.

      As for Solyndra, that is a hub for you to write about. I promise I will read it.

      Thank you for your visit!

      -Shyron

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      NMLady 3 years ago from New Mexico & Arizona

      Well said. Well written. So many people do NOT understand the greedy motivation for privatization of the Post Office.

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Thank you NMLady, appreciate you comments, and your visit.

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      Aunt Jimi 3 years ago from The reddest of the Red states!

      Very interesting and good to learn they are planning to shut it down for sure. I'm not a really fond of the P.O. since I often have more problems with it than good, but I do think they should have a P.O. Just maybe not as big as in the past because most people do their business online. I know I pay all my bills online through my bank and it just takes about 5 minutes a month. I send greeting cards online, and rarely ever send anything through the P.O. anymore. The last package I sent got totally smashed. They never can get my mail in my P.O. Box. I think if I was getting $25 an hour I could figure out a way to get the mail in the right boxes. I don't like to wish bad things on anybody but some of those people at the P.O. are real jerks and it might do them good to get a job that pays normal wages like other people have to make do with.

      Voted up and interesting and will share.

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Thank you Aunt Jimi, for your comments up-votes and sharing.

      Always appreciate you thoughts and opinions, even is we disagree, and you are still my dear friend.

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      C E Clark 3 years ago from North Texas

      Thought I'd give this article another share for anyone who may have missed it. Very informative.

      Afraid I agree with Aunt Jimi. My experiences with the post-office haven't been that good either. If I want anything I mail to get where it's going in a reasonable time or in tact, I must send it from a post-office in a town about 9 miles away. I shouldn't have to do that. I should be able to go to my local post-office and be assured it will be handled properly.

      I think we need to have a post-office, as Aunt Jimi says, but not the big ones we have now because so few people use them anymore, and the number of people using the post-office is declining more and more as time goes on. The post-office is not self-supporting and taxpayers don't want to pay for something that isn't serving a good purpose anymore. Small post-offices would do the job just fine.

      The people who work in the post-office 9 miles from here do a great job and are very friendly and helpful. Even my media mail, about the slowest of the snail mail, often arrives in 2-3 days when I mail it from that post-office, but mailing it here in town it takes all of the 10 days and sometimes more.

      Anyway, I agree we still need a post-office, I just don't think we need them to be huge anymore. A great hub and as I said, sharing again.

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Thank you Au fait for your comments and sharing. I appreciate you, and Aunt Jimi both, my friends.

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      Jen 3 years ago

      I prefer to send packages through the mail because it's cheaper. I'll miss the post-office if they get rid of it entirely, so I hope they don't.

      Read several of your articles tonight but I have to try to get some sleep. If I can't sleep I'll be back here to see what I missed. Very good hub Shyron.

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      Richard Ricky Hale 3 years ago from West Virginia

      Shyron, fantastic article and perspective. I'm not very familiar with this topic, but I can certainly appreciate your case. I don't main many packages myself, but when I do, I always use the post office. I've always had great experiences with the USPS. I truly believe that their customer service is one of the best, I've never had any issues. I didn't know that the USPS was 300,000 strong in the union, that's a great point. You know how unions are viewed today. Glad I had the opportunity to find this resource, voted up, useful, awesome, interesting, and shared.

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Jen, thank you for your comments and for reading some of my hubs.

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Lyricwriter, Thank you for reading, commenting, up-vote plus and for sharing.

      Yes the APWU is the largest Union, I am sure you know how the GOP hates Unions, and they seek to destroy anything that the American people stand for.

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      C E Clark 3 years ago from North Texas

      Came back to share this article so that people will think about this in case they want to influence the outcome BEFORE it happens. Afterwards it's too late. Up and awesome, too!

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Thank you Au fait for your comment, up-vote, and for sharing this article. You are right, I mean correct they are trying to influence the outcome of the next election.

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      C E Clark 3 years ago from North Texas

      Ran into a coworker at the P.O. the other day and she said the reason the hours have been limited is that homeless people were congregating in the P.O. at night. Before the hours were curtailed I used to go there around 4 AM, and I never once saw a homeless person, or anyone else at all, in there at that time. Never. I think it is a cost cutting effort, but I don't see how it will save much since people are working in there all night anyway. Will be interesting to see how this develops.

      Voted up and awesome again and also shared again.

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Thank you Au fait, for stopping back by and commenting. I think that is probably another excuse to chip away at something these folks want to get rid of. And, if the sight of a homeless person offends their eyesight, then they could just turn their head. Did your coworker buy into that explanation?

      Thank you again for the awesome vote up and for sharing, I do appreciate it.

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      Glenda Jacks 3 years ago

      Boy, I heard about Darrell Issa wanting to have an investigation of President farting in a meeting or something like that. people like him do things and then blame their enemies.

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Thank you Glenda for reading and commenting on this hub. I am glad you are back.

      Why don't you join HubPages?

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      C E Clark 3 years ago from North Texas

      Wonder how the privatizing of the U.S. Post-office is coming along? I really miss it being open to check my P.O. Box 24/7. Sometime I only get their once a week nowadays because finding time when they're open is so hard to do because I work at pretty much the same hours.

      Up, AI, and will share. Also, pinned to 'Awesome Hubpages.'

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Thank you Au fait for you comment on this shameful quest from these people who want to destroy everything that they reap benefits from or control. I have not heard any new news but they have bigger fish they want to fry at the moment, like destroying The Affordable Care Act, for the 41st time they are trying.

      Thank you for your votes up, A/I, sharing and pinning.

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      C E Clark 3 years ago from North Texas

      Generally I do not favor the privatizing of the post-office or the closing of so many of them, though I rarely go there except to check my P.O. Box anymore. I maybe use 3-4 stamps a year, if that. The people at our main post-office here are paid in the neighborhood of $27 or more per hour and yet they can't get the mail into the right boxes and they aren't very charming at times either for being public servants. Starting pay is $23 an hour I'm told. Seems a little high given what I have to do for my measly paycheck . . .

      Voted up, AI, and will share.

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      MG Singh 3 years ago from Singapore

      Nice and interesting post. I wish as an outsider there is no change in the US postal service

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Thank you Au fait, for the votes up, comments and the share. I don't know what they are paid, never asked my son what his salary was. But, I can't see the P.O. being privatized or any other government entity. What I do believe is the GOP/Tea party people only want to privatize everything is to gain control of everything for POWER and MONEY for themselves.

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Thank you MG for stopping and appreciate you thoughts on the matter. I too hope the US Postal Service continues as is. But you can be sure if the fashist party can benefit in any way by any thing the will work to change it their way.

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      Jaye Denman 3 years ago from Deep South, USA

      Shyron - I read an article a couple of days ago about the 84 "trial" retail postal counters being opened in Staples stores across the U.S. These counters will be served by low-wage Staples employees (who are not accountable for USPS services), not U.S. Postal Service personnel. Does anyone doubt that many more will follow these initial 84?

      President of the postal workers union made clear in a statement that this is "union-busting", as well as a major step toward privatizing retail services. He warned that mail processing and other operations may soon follow.

      Currently, the USPS is the ONLY mail and package delivery service in the USA with a good record for not losing or damaging mail/packages. I absolutely detest UPS and don't like FedEx much better because most of my shopping is done online. I've lost track of how much merchandise has arrived damaged--or didn't arrive at all due to theft--mostly through the very poor practices of UPS, some due to FedEx.

      And they (you know who "they" are!) want to privatize the USPS so that service will become cheap and terrible, too!

      Argggghhh!

      Jaye

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Hi Jaye, can you just imagine the privatization of USPS. Without the competition from USPS, Fed-Ex and UPS Could not charge whatever they want. This would kill two birds with one blow. It would break the USPS Union and give free reign to Fed-Ex and UPS.

      Have you ever heard the saying, that true words were often spoke in jest? (i.e. Fed-Ex and UPS will merge and the new name 'Fed-up')

      The USPS does not cost our government anything, but it is a means by which the Greedy Old Politicians and destroy the Unions.

      Thank you Jaye for your comments. Appreciate you.

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      C E Clark 3 years ago from North Texas

      Just last week I had to return some shoes I received as a Christmas gift. They were the wrong size and I had to pay to return them myself. The cost was $10.01 with only Confirmation Delivery, standard mail, no insurance. Is the post-office trying to price itself out of the market? That seemed awfully high given that the shoes weighed less than 2 pounds.

      Went to a little P.O. a few miles away in a different town where the service is usually much better to return the shoes, and where the postal workers are much nicer than they are at my local P.O. The workers at the main P.O. here seem to think they shouldn't have to be civilized or actually do anything for their high pay.

      With so many people out of work and stuck accepting minimum pay jobs because of our economy, I think it wouldn't be asking too much for postal workers to take a wage cut in order to keep the P.O. open and therefore keep their jobs. Lower wages might be better than no job at all. The people at the main P.O. here are nasty and inept. How did they ever pass that exam required of all postal service applicants?

      I think keeping the P.O. open is important and I would hate to see them closed. On the other hand, I think the terrible service some of the workers provide doesn't get them a lot of good will.

      I was born and grew up in a union state and I certainly know the value of unions, but sometimes I think the unions forget there are two sides to everything. Fair pay and safe conditions along with reasonable expectations is all very good, but what about the union employees doing their job, doing it reasonably well, and doing it with a good attitude and disposition towards customers?

      I noticed when I was a contract worker at Verizon that some of those union workers didn't seem to think they had to do their job either since getting fired was all but not going to happen. So often I heard other employees being rude and not following up on things they were supposed to do.

      Employees hurt themselves when they don't do their jobs and when they exhibit unnecessary attitude towards customers and coworkers. While they're hurting themselves and their reputations as union workers, they are also hurting unions.

      Bad employees are protected by unions and I think that is one of the reasons some people dislike unions. Unions serve a lot of good purposes, but when they protect a bad employee and keep them in a job where most non-union employees would be fired for their behavior and bad work product, I think then unions go too far. Bad employees aren't even worth the minimum wage much less the wages everyone should have when they do their job well with and treat customers correctly.

      As with so many other things, a few rotten apples spoil the works. Bad employees keeping their jobs and receiving exorbitant pay for not doing their jobs and treating customers badly, spoil a good situation for everyone, not just themselves. I'm sure that most postal employees are dedicated, accurate in their work, and courteous and helpful with customers, but it only takes a few to give them all a bad reputation and make tax payers, many of whom are making far less at their jobs, feel resentful for having to pay these people such high wages for a nasty experience at the P.O.

      If the post-office is not going to deliver mail to the correct address, not going to deliver packages with the contents in tact, and going to be rude and gnarly at the counter, exactly why should they stay in business?

      Just the other day a Charter Cable telemarketer kept trying to convince me to buy Charter for my Internet provider, phone, etc. I have never heard anything good about Charter Internet. I have heard plenty that was bad. I told him as much and that I wouldn't buy his service at any price for that reason. I would get the cable for my TV if I had one, because I was always happy with that service, but no way will I buy Internet service until I hear good things about it.

      He kept telling me how much money I would save. I kept trying to make him understand that I would gladly pay 4 times what he would charge to any company that actually provided the service promised over his company that many people have told me does not provide the promised service. When is a horrible service worth even a penny a month?

      Why do people have trouble understanding that we subscribe to an Internet service so that our computers will work, not so we can spend all of our time on the phone complaining because it doesn't, and having to go to the library to use a computer there because the economical service we are getting doesn't work.

      I don't care how cheap something is. If it doesn't work, it's worth nothing. It's overpriced at any price when it doesn't work. That is my experience with my local P.O. I know all post-offices are not as bad as the local one here, and so I would like to see post-offices in general remain open, but the one we have here makes me think maybe the P.O. has outlasted it's good purpose.

      Voted up and AI. Will share.

      Hope you and John are staying inside during this Arctic cold we're getting. Only 13 degrees F. and dropping at 6:24 AM -- this minute.

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      I do understand what you have said but if our Post Office closes, what we can expect in return could be so much worse, and I am not saying that the P.O. does not need an overhaul. But, I don't think it needs to be dismanteled.

      Do you really believe that Fed-ex or UPS will deliver to anyplace that has an address?

      Can you imagine for a moment, what would happen if our P.O. closed?

      Yes we could pay our bills on line. But at what cost?

      Verizon charges $1.50, to pay online, so I mail my payment at the price of a stamp.

      You would think they would be happy for the convenienct of receiving the payment by EFT and they do not have to pay someone $30. an hour to open the envelope.

      I also understand what you are saying about the Union, when we were working as contractors together and how the people in the Union people treated our customers, Patrons and the contractors, (i.e. the same way Republicans treat poor people) They want to strip us of every little bit we have.

      This closing of the P.O. is not for any kind of reform, these people (GOP) do not do any thing if they do not benefit from it, and benefit in a big way.

      I am thankful that we John and I have never had a problem with our local P.O. But we have had problems with Fed-ex and UPS.

      When I worked for Pyle National, I had to send things with these two companies and they charged ten times what it cost to mail with the P.O. and so many times they screwed it up. I remember one time in particular. It was a big mess when Fed-ex not only did not deliver on time, but to the wrong company.

      I am not saying the P.O. does not screw-up, but it can and will get much, much worse if they are shut down. And, when they are shut down and people find out how bad it is, how do we get our P.O. back?

      Thank you Au fait for the AI votes up and the sharing.

      We hope you are staying warm inside also. We are but I hear the outside unit moaning and groaning and hope it does not quit because of the cold.

      TTYL, and glad you don't have to work today. We are going to the eye doctor today for our yearly check-up.

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Au fait, I just read about the Military Pension cuts in The Washington Post and have updated this hub with that information. And, Mr. Issa still wants to shut down our P.O.

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      C E Clark 3 years ago from North Texas

      For the last many months tons of parking spaces were available at our main post-office, but for the last month the lot has been parked up and I've had to make 2 rounds in order to find a space. Unbelievable, and I haven't been able to figure out why everyone is suddenly going to the post-office.

      Waiting to see if and when they are going to start closing post-offices . . . Voted up, AI, and sharing!

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Au fait, I haven't a clue but, it is the same way at our PO. Could it be that people are figuering it out, albeit a government entity, it is not costing our government anything. It is run on sales made by the PO.

      I truly, truly appreciate you, and thank you for your comments, votes and sharing.

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      C E Clark 3 years ago from North Texas

      With the new hours at the P.O. it is no longer possible to go there on a holiday and they are closed tight. Open here 8 AM to 6 PM M-F and 9-2 on Sat. Closed Sundays and holidays. A real pain.

      Think I figured out why the parking lot is so full all the time again. For quite a while it was all but empty, but these new hours (a year old now in a month or so) force people like me who would normally check the P.O. Box in the middle of the night or wee hours to go there during business hours. There were a lot of us who used to go at various times of the night apparently.

      I don't understand why they can't leave the doors open into the outer lobby anymore. There were never any problems that I ever heard about here when they did that. No vandalism, no homeless taking shelter there, etc., and there are workmen in there all night sorting/boxing mail anyway. I really think it's just one more way our corrupt government is squeezing us ordinary people.

      Voting this up again, useful, interesting, and awesome. Sharing and pinned to Awesome HubPages.

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Au fait, sorry to hear that you have a problem getting you mail, I don't know the circumstance of the hours changing, I agree that they should leave the outer lobby doors open, for people with P.O. boxes.

      Thank you my dear friend for voting, sharing and pinning.

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      dragonflyfla 3 years ago from South Florida

      Seriously? The USPS is failing because of the Republicans? :-) I believe it has more to do with the way we are communicating.

      According to Reuters:

      Mail volumes in the United States have been on the decline since 2006. The trend is largely due to changes in the way Americans communicate. Email and online bill paying have chipped away at first-class mail volumes.

      They are losing billions and it is the tax payers that are picking up the bill. In 2012 they lost 16 billion. Private company like UPS and Federal Express are making money and a lot of that has to do because they do not have "other people's money aka taxes" to fall back on.

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Yes! Seriously, dragonfly - One would think that anyone as learned as you profess to be would know that everything in my article is true.

      I have a link to the History of the United States Post Office in my article and it is right at the bottom. about.usps.com/publications/pub100/pub100_001.

      Per. Sincerely,

      John E. Potter

      Postmaster General

      The USPS is not funded by Taxes, I repeat the USPS "IS NOT" funded by Taxes!

      Reuters? Seriously? Are you talking about Reuters (Mail.Ru Group Ltd (MAILRq.L) An on-line e-mail company that Reuters are looking for investors to invest in? what does this have to do with The USPS.? Are you one of the investors in Reuters e-mail company?

      Would closing the USPS be to your benefit? ];^)

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      C E Clark 3 years ago from North Texas

      Well, I'm still not happy with the new hours at the P.O. It's been a year since they changed them, so I guess they're not new anymore, but they're no more convenient either.

      Since there are people working in the back sorting, etc., I don't see why they can't have the doors open so people can check they're mail or mail stuff if they want to at any hour of the night. When they were open I used to check my mail at 3 or 4 AM regularly and there was never anyone in there causing problems. Often no one in there period, so why can't they have the doors open?

      They're next plan is to end home delivery or only deliver to mailbox banks. :( I refuse to walk across my parking lot to check the mailbox provided in the mailbox bank at this complex. Mailman finally closed my mailbox because it would get so crammed with circulars and advertisements, and they would get wet and moldy over time.

      Why can't they give a new kind of key that not only opens the mailbox, but also opens the door so that they know who owns the key? Works for security at most businesses and hotels, etc. Why can't the post-office have the same kind of key so people can still have access?

      Voting this up again and AUI, pinning to AH and sharing.

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Au fait, that would be to easy, for the people who want to shut the PO down. They want to cause us the people who use the PO more problems.

      The people who are working in the back, may or may not care if people come in anytime they want, but the people who want to shut down the post office will make it harder and harder for us to get our mail, thinking we won't notice when they shut it down.

      The Key? That is another one that would be to easy and easy does not cause problems.

      Thank you so much for your comments, pin and for sharing.

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      Heythere26, sorry it took so long but you reply was sent to spam, and was found 5 minutes ago. I do appreciate getting this information from you and I than you.

      Shyron

      Write some hubs

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      Mel Carriere 2 years ago from San Diego California

      You are definitely preaching to the choir. I'm glad I found an ally here on hub pages who is telling the truth about this man whose political as well as personal character are ever so sketchy. Thank you for sharing this information. Great hub!

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      Thank you Mel, it is sure lonesome her in this red state. I am glad you found an ally also.

      You are welcome and I really appreciate you stopping to read and comment on my hub

      Blessings

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      C E Clark 2 years ago from North Texas

      Seems like some members of our government want to end anything that serves the people. They're turning schools across this country into voucher schools and limiting postal services and hours. Do you know Paul Ryan took the ice bucket challenge and before that voted to end gov. funding for ALS? A very patriotic thoughtful guy.

      Trying to get caught up on my comments a little bit, since I'm so far behind. Hope you're having a good afternoon. It's 92 degrees F. here, so they say, a cool day. Tomorrow is to be 98 and stay there most of the week. Take care and God bless . .

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      Thank you Au fait, for your comment, and all that you do, you are my dearest friend and I treasure you.

      No I did not know Paul Ryan, took the ice bucket challenge. Did someone open up his veins?

      We will be inside tomorrow and Thursday and Friday but we got the outside work done... still have to check the septic to see if it has chlorene tablets, will do that tomorrow after the two doctor appointments.

      I hope all is well with you and you are having a better week than last week. I am glad that you are back to work albeit it stressful.

      Blessings dear friend!

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      C E Clark 2 years ago from North Texas

      As you must know Republicans want to privatize everything. They will lower their buddies income taxes until they aren't paying any at all, but those of us lesser beings who are not part of the 1% will not have lower taxes. Many millionaires and beyond already don't pay taxes and haven't for years. Likely the savings of privatization will go straight into the politiian's pockets what with no government services to pay for because of the privatization.

      Sharing.

      Was to be 89-90 for the high today and turned out to be 96. Oops. Someone must have consulted a crystal ball that was tired or out of sorts for some reason. Hope you were in a cool place. I dread anther hot night and they won't be ending until sometime in December.

      Take care . . .

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      Au fait, thank you for the comment and for sharing. I know most people would rather watch a television program than to follow politics, and find out what these greedy people are all about.

      I was working out side in the heat and it almost killed me.

      Take care and God Bless.

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      C E Clark 19 months ago from North Texas

      I think it's coming to where very few people are using the post-office anymore, although I do see a lot of cars in that parking lot on certain days. Is Darrell Issa still in congress? Just Googled him and he's still in the House. Haven't heard anything about or from him lately.

      I would like to see the P.O. stay open. Even though I don't depend on it like I used to there are still times when it is useful. Sharing this again.

      Glad you had a great Thanksgiving! Take care . . .

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      Shyron E Shenko 19 months ago from Texas

      Au fait, thank you for the comments and yes I agree with you that people do not use the USPO like before e-mail, voice mail and all of that. But to privatize any government entity would be chaotic at, idiotic at worst. if a system is working don't attempt to fix it.

      Although Issa does not want to fix it, he wants to sell it and reap the purchase price.

      Hope all is well with you

      Blessings and hugs.

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      C E Clark 13 months ago from North Texas

      I never hear about this guy anymore. Is he still in office? I Googled him and according to Wikipedia he's still serving. Funny I never hear his name anymore. Well, they did cut the hours when the P.O. is open, but otherwise everything seems as usual. Sharing.

      Hope all is well there and you're looking forward to a good weekend. Stay out of the heat if you can. Blessings aways . . .

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      Shyron E Shenko 13 months ago from Texas

      Au fait, thank you for the comment and for sharing. I have not heard anything either about this man, who wished to destroy our P.O. for his own gain.

      I hope all is well with you and that it is not too hot.

      Blessings and hugs my dear friend.

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      Shyron E Shenko 12 months ago from Texas

      I have not heard much about the Post Office lately, I know it is busy when I go there and I go by it everyday.

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      C E Clark 4 months ago from North Texas

      Now that the Republicans have control of all branches of our government there will be a lot of privatizing going on over the next 2-4 years. In fact I read a couple of days ago that the Republican leadership in Congress was planning to let Trumpy do his worst and get him to do the dirty work for them so that in the end they'll have what they want and blame it on him. Then they'll oust him when they're done with him.

      They want to do vouchers for MediCare, and privatize Social Security. Just this morning Trumpy just wiped out a lot of regulations. Now the rule is that for every new regulation, 2 old ones must go.

      New regulation: Thou shalt not criticize the Trumpy.

      Old regs that must go to make room for the new:

      Thous shalt not kill.

      Thou shalt not steal.

      Yup, sounds like the sort of thing a mentally ill person might come up with.

      Tomorrow is to be warmer than today, so if you didn't get a chance to enjoy today, tomorrow will be here before you know it. Take care dear friend. Blessings to you and John.

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      Shyron E Shenko 4 months ago from Texas

      Au fait, thank you for the comment, you know that I appreciate you.

      The sadist thing about the trump (trump always spelled in low case) presidency is that he has made it open season on hunting and killing PEOPLE who cross our border with Mexico.

      Hope all is going well with you.

      Blessings and hugs

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