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Curbing Costs

February 8, 2013

The U.S. Postal Service is an agency steeped in red-ink. The agency reported a loss of a record $15.9 billion for the last budget year and more red ink is forecast in 2013....

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BushCrimeFamily

Feb-08-13 10:20 PM

The Post Office is entirely self-funded, but the budget crisis was created purposely in 2006 by Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act (PAEA), which mandated the funding of 75 years of pension obligations within 10 years.

Before the law passed, the USPS was not in any debt. About 70 percent of its losses can be traced directly to PAEA, as the postal service works continually to deliver new gains in productivity.

The point of the law was to drive the Post Office out of business and force letter delivery to become privatized.

The Republicans are simply trying to destroy the Post Office and its union. This has nothing to do with incompetence. It is pure malice.

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SpankysLastDance

Feb-10-13 9:25 AM

Democrats controlled congress in 2006.The real problem is the Unions that demanded more and more benefits from the taxpayers since 1971 when the APWU was formed. It's been a downhill slide for the taxpayers since. But go ahead, blame republicans for everything, blame Bush, BUSH,BUSH !!!!

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BushCrimeFamily

Feb-10-13 6:10 PM

Why do Republicans fear facts?

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oluhjnb

Feb-10-13 6:10 PM

If Christ were here today the Republicans would plot to kill him.

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Thoughtful

Feb-10-13 10:19 PM

Let' s debate our national debt AFTER you read the non partisan CBO report. Please Read it IN FULL and recognize that it is a non political agency with no agenda......

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promo61

Feb-10-13 10:31 PM

Congress allocated over $3B in 2009 to help cover shortfall at USPS. There's a fact BCF. You have a right your own opinion but not your own facts.

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promo61

Feb-11-13 8:40 AM

oluhjnb: Just saying that makes you better in what way?

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BushCrimeFamily

Feb-11-13 5:40 PM

Promo has trouble understanding the written word. Nothing he posts addresses the facts presented.

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BushCrimeFamily

Feb-11-13 5:42 PM

Thoughtful, you can't seem to process any information other than what you have chosen to believe. You are wasting our time.

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oluhjnb

Feb-11-13 7:02 PM

Because I wouldn't plot against him.

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Thoughtful

Feb-12-13 12:16 PM

BCF, Again, you have failed to read the CBO non partisan report so we cannot debate our national debt. Too bad.... You may want to take time to read it. Eye opening and a non political document.

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fedupwithgovt

Feb-12-13 12:57 PM

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fedupwithgovt

Feb-12-13 1:00 PM

Thoughtful, Do you really think that BCF is interested in the truth? I think all we are dealing with is a union thug who thinks they are owed a living for just belonging to the "union".

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BushCrimeFamily

Feb-12-13 1:46 PM

On Thursday, congressional Republicans will introduce a constitutional amendment to balance the federal budget. They're not doing this because they think it will be enacted (it doesn't stand a chance in the Senate, and Obama would veto it anyway). They're doing it to perpetuate their biggest lie: that the federal budget deficit is responsible for the still-anemic recovery. That's the lie they'll continue to tell over the next 7 weeks as they drag the nation through another set of showdowns over sequestration (the fiscal cliff on March 1), continuing resolutions to fund the government (running out later in March), and the debt limit (end of March). The opposite is true: Continued cutbacks in government spending, and tax increases on the middle class and working poor (such as the Social Security tax increase at the start of January, as well as sales-tax increases in 16 states), are robbing the economy of the demand it needs when consumers are still unable to provide it.

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BushCrimeFamily

Feb-12-13 1:47 PM

(cont.) Republicans have been telling the Big Lie that the budget deficit is to blame for our economic problems for more than two decades -- even though Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush were far more responsible for running up the tab than either Bill Clinton (under whose administration the budget was finally balanced and put into surplus) or Barack Obama (who inherited a fiscal mess and has now got the deficit down to 5.3 percent of GDP). They want the public to believe the Big Lie because it fits in with their hate-the-government ideology, and enables them to whittle it down, especially programs the middle class and working poor depend on -- including the two programs they've des***** more than any others because they're so popular: Medicare and Social Security. President Obama mustn't let them. We mustn't let them.

- Robert Reich

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promo61

Feb-12-13 9:11 PM

Words arent facts. Were you two separated at birth? I believe you share a brain. Maybe there was a triplet with half and you two share the other half?

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Thoughtful

Feb-12-13 10:01 PM

BCF. AGAIN, READ, READ the non partisan CBO report pertaining to our national debt !!!!!! It is a non political assessment of our financial situation. Remember, it is not an R or D political statement. It is an independent report.. then, we can debate HOW to fix the issue. That would seem fair. There are several options to solve the issue And that would be fun to debate with good opinions from all sides of the issue. Let's step above attacking parties or individuals and truly debate issues. That is more apt to achieve some give and take from both sides. We should respect each other and our beliefs. Let's try it.......................

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BushCrimeFamily

Feb-13-13 12:27 AM

I thought the President gave a stirring speech, and that many of the initiatives he proposes -- such as raising the minimum wage to $9 an hour and then indexing it to inflation, and providing universal early-childhood education -- are excellent. But, sadly, I doubt any will be enacted. Republicans are fixated on cutting spending, and they're almost genetically opposed to the minimum age. To me the most powerful part of the speech concerned gun control. (CONT.)

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BushCrimeFamily

Feb-13-13 12:28 AM

I'm not optimistic that we'll see any major legislation here, but I do detect broad-based support for better background checks.

The most politically important part of the Address came when the President called for cooperation over the budget, and gently warned Republicans against brinksmanship over the March 1 fiscal cliff or the subsequent vote on raising the debt ceiling. The public is with him on this, and the Republicans know it. (CONT.)

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BushCrimeFamily

Feb-13-13 12:29 AM

(Cont.) They obviously don't want any further tax increases on the wealthy -- they insist that all further deficit reduction be from spending cuts -- but the President has made it more difficult for them to hold the economy hostage to what they want.

By the way, did you catch his willingness to means test Medicare? He tucked it in quickly, but it's a significant move.

-- Robert Reich

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promo61

Feb-13-13 10:55 AM

People who are forever ready to charge others with "greed" never apply that word to the government. But, if you think the government is never greedy, check out what the government does under the escheat laws and eminent domain.

~Thomas Sowell

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BushCrimeFamily

Feb-13-13 2:36 PM

Rubio had a chance last night to end the negatively and bluster and set a new course for his party. Sadly, he failed. Same old ideas, same old GOP.

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oluhjnb

Feb-13-13 8:46 PM

Alert, Alert---BCF is a UNION THUG. LOL--OMG I've read it all now---hahahahaha

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oluhjnb

Feb-14-13 7:32 AM

Rubio and his claims to be such a great Patriot. He's in it for Rubio, only Rubio, and will say anything to help Rubio.

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promo61

Feb-14-13 4:32 PM

Funny how neither of the Obamanites have anything positive to say about their leaders' ideas. Too much depth I'm guessing.

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