Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Conservatism: The Theft of Democracy

The Conservative plan to dismantle the U.S. Post Office is getting closer to completion as the USPO missed a $5 billion dollar payment to the Treasury in two months.  How did this happen?  Look at the story from NBC for the news story, "Postal Service misses another $5 billion payment, blames Congress," then to The Nation for the underlying story, another "dirty little secret" at the behest of the Conservative consiglieres and made guys of the Republican crime syndicate, titled "Congress Fiddles While the Post Office Burns.":

"'The "default" is not primarily the result of a bad market or even bad operations, but of bad legislating by Congress,' explains National Association of Letter Carriers president Fredric Rolando.

"Honest members of Congress agree. 'Article 1, Section 8, Clause 7 of the U.S. Constitution gives Congress the responsibility to establish and ensure operation of the Postal Service,' noted Congressman Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio, on Wednesday. 'Today, August 1, 2012—224 years after the Constitution was ratified—Congress is presiding over the disestablishment of the Postal Service. Today a manufactured default created by Congressional legislation is pushing the Postal Service to the brink.'

"In 2006, a Republican Congress—acting at the behest of the Bush-Cheney administration—enacted a law that required the postal service to 'pre-fund' retiree health benefits 75 years into the future. No major private-sector corporation or public-sector agency could do that. It’s an untenable demand. '(The) Postal Service in the short term should be released from an onerous and unprecedented burden to pre-fund 75 years of future retiree health benefits over a 10-year period,' says US Senator Bernie Sanders, I-Vermont. 'With $44 billion now in the fund, the Postal Service inspector general has said that program is already stronger than any other equivalent government or private-sector fund in the country. There already is more than enough in the account to meet all obligations to retirees.'

“'The Postal Service should also be allowed to recover more than $13 billion in overpayments it has made to its pension plans,' adds Sanders. 'With these changes alone, the Postal Service would be back in the black and posting profits.'

"Sanders and other concerned legislators have gotten the Senate to take some steps toward addressing what is, in reality, a Congressional crisis—not a postal crisis. But the disengaged and dysfunctional Republican leadership in the House has failed to act in an even minimally responsible manner.

“The Congress has a responsibility to stand up, but here in the USA., under Citizens United, everything is up for auction including the Postal Service,” shouts Kucinich. 'Wake up, America. Universal service is on the line. Wake up, America and stand up for the Constitution. 575,000 Postal Service workers and our obligation to the American people to see to it that the Postal Service is rescued from those who want to push it into default or privatize it for their own profit.'”

While the elimination of Saturday service is the immediate result of the default, the last quote from Dennis Kucinich says it all:  Conservatives care little for the Constitution when it comes to advancing their dreams of a feudal society in America.  The 2006 Bill was indeed a method by the Conservatives in Congress in Republican clothing to privatize the Post Office "for their own profit."  Vote for the Conservatives' capos, the Republicans, and lose the Postal Service, the universal service that not only advances communication between people, but businesses as well.  The Conservatives aren't interested in Small Business, they are interested in the power and profits of the greediest of the wealthy among us.

This is not a "postal crises," it is a crises in Democracy.  Before it's too late, Criminalize Conservatism!

"I have found the paradox, that if you love until it hurts, there can be no more
hurt, only more love."

Mother Teresa


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