Most of us are aware of the financial difficulties of the United States Postal Service. Thanks to a negligent media, few are aware of the reasons why.
Some of the Postal Service's problems stem from the advent of e-mails and computer transactions. The post office lost 25 percent of its volume due to the Bush recession.
In 2006 the Republican congressional majority launched an assault on the Postal Service when they mandated it fund the next 75 years of benefits for retirees in the next 10 years. This ridiculous mandate has put an additional $5.5 billion-a-year burden on the Postal Service.
The Republican Party and its benefactors, UPS and FedEx, are trying to destroy the USPS and privatize it for their own financial gain.
Behind the scenes on this issue lurk the wealthy Republican Koch brothers and ALEC. The American Legislative Exchange Council is their cabal of greedy conservative enterprises that seek to bust all unions and control American politics and labor. UPS and FedEx are members.
Congressional Republicans have also prevented the USPS from diversifying with profitable services that work very well in other countries. Now they are insisting the USPS lay off 100,000 employees, 30,000of them veterans. What's new? Another stab in the backs of veterans.
If you want to pay $5 to mail a birthday card, just keep voting for people like U.S. Rep. John Shimkus and Sen. Mark Kirk.