A meeting of saps

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According to this Blade story a bunch of saps got together with Marcy Kaptur to complain about the Post Office closings. http://www.toledoblade.com/local/2011/09/27/Postal-workers-rally-to-keep...

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Saps? It looks to me like a group of middle class moms, dads, Dems and Reps, Christians, neighbors, friends - Americans.
Honestly Fred, what's got you so angry? Was it that post that popped up last week? Still sore about that so you take it out on anyone who works for the government?

In case you didn't notice, the name of the group is S.A.P.S. Certainly not my choice for a name. Maybe Save Our Service, or something more appropriate.

Any statement I make is the opinion of me exercising my first amendment right to freedom of speech. Freedom of speech in the United States is protected by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution and is generally permitted.

Fred just took crap about calling them by the name THEY CHOSE. Proof positive it was a seriously poor choice

The USPS has been done a serious dis-service by it's union and the politicians who pay the bills with our taxes.

They have received some very generous pay, benefit and work rule compensation over the years that have proven unsustainable.

The USPS was incorporated in the early 1970's and was done so to be competitive. What we received was the opposite. Politicians jumped in to save "local jobs", give paybacks to union leaders for campaign contributions out of union dues and costly profitless operating centers.

Now I am sure we, taxpayers, will be asked to bail out another US institution with more money we don't have.

Mr. Apathy

The USPS was incorporated in the early 1970's and was done so to be competitive.

So - if there was a need to be competitive, does that mean there IS competition out there?? And if the USPS is not self sustainable, there ARE other alternatives, is that what you're saying?

The USPS was incorporated in the early 1970's and was done so to be competitive.

I'm not sure about that.

The wiki entries on the subject of the USPS and the "Postal Reorganization Act of 1970", pretty much focus on postal strike of 1970 being the impetus for the legislation that transformed the USPS from a government agency to a quasi-govt agency. And then Congressional appropriations for the USPS continued until 1982.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Postal_Service

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Postal_Reorganization_Act

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/U.S._Postal_Service_strike_of_1970

THE POSTAL REORGANIZATION ACT TWENTY-FIVE YEARS LATER: TIME FOR CHANGE?
http://www.archive.org/stream/postalreorganiza00unit/postalreorganiza00u...

At any rate, all that is moot. The last link well shows that oversight of the USPS was well advised and also internally cognizant of the rise of technology that itself was the competitive threat against the USPS. Much mention was made of faxing and email. And that was back in 1995.

Hence, Americans who are now protesting the downsizing of the USPS in order to reduce deficits, are as delusional as the managers who allowed things to get this far in the first place. To the first approximation, technology was going to obsolete enough of the USPS business model to REQUIRE downsizings at some point. We don't use an army of farriers any longer to shoe a massive base of horses in the United States, and that's because technology produces lifestyle changes.

Myself, I can't recall the last time that I sent a letter out. It seems that the population as individuals has abandoned using the physical mail system, leaving businesses to take up the slack. That alone should clue in any mail executive that changes must come.

"The USPS was incorporated in the early 1970's and was done so to be competitive."

The number one rule in the corporate world, is "Eat, or be Eaten". The USPS is headed for the Sushi bar, it seems.

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