Deconstructing the State: Getting Small, Part 6 by Arthur D. Robbins

by Arthur D. Robbins
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Paradise Lost, Paradise Regained
May 9, 2017

War has indeed become perpetual and peace no longer even a fleeting wish nor a distant memory. We have become habituated to the rumblings of war and the steady drum beat of propaganda about war’s necessity and the noble motives that inspire it. We will close hospitals. We will close schools. We will close libraries and museums. We will sell off our parklands and water supply. People will sleep on the streets and go hungry. The war machine will go on.

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Warren’s Post Office Proposal: Greg Palast Aims at the Wrong Target by Ellen Brown

by Ellen Brown
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Web of Debt Blog
March 14, 2014

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Investigative reporter Greg Palast is usually pretty good at peering behind the rhetoric and seeing what is really going on. But in tearing into Senator Elizabeth Warren’s support of postal financial services, he has done a serious disservice to the underdogs – both the underbanked and the US Postal Service itself.

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Mike Konczal: US Postal Service Proposes Launching Low-Fee Public Bank

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TheRealNews on Mar 8, 2014

Mike Konczal: A public option for banks will dramatically improve and help regulate the financial services industry.  Continue reading

Wall Street Is No Longer a Safe Place to Keep Our Money by Ellen Brown

by Ellen Brown
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Web of Debt Blog
September 23, 2013

Post Office & Savings Bank

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The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) is the nation’s second largest civilian employer after WalMart. Although successfully self-funded throughout its long history, it is currently struggling to stay afloat. This is not, as sometimes asserted, because it has been made obsolete by the Internet. In fact the post office has gotten more business from Internet orders than it has lost to electronic email. What has pushed the USPS into insolvency is an oppressive 2006 congressional mandate that it prefund healthcare for its workers 75 years into the future. No other entity, public or private, has the burden of funding multiple generations of employees who have not yet even been born.

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Who’s Pushing Post Office Privatization? by Joseph Piette + Save The People’s Post Office by Dave Welsh

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by Joseph Piette
www.workers.org
August 11, 2013

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Postal and community activists struggling to save the U.S. Postal Service from privatization need to know who they are fighting against.

The Postal Service was established in 1775. It needed government administration as it was so important for communication.

Even in today’s age of Internet communication, 20 percent of the U.S. population lack Internet access and depend on the post office for bills, bank statements and letters. (Gallup World, Aug. 4) The Postal Service is still essential for the $1.3-trillion mailing industry.

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We Can’t Lose The Post Office by Dave Welch + Postal Bill Draws Protests in U.S. Cities by Joseph Piette

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by Dave Welch
SocialistWorker.org
August 1, 2013

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Dave Welch is a retired letter carrier, delegate to the San Francisco Labor Council and organizer with Save the People’s Post Office, a community and labor coalition fighting to stop the closure of the main post office in Berkeley, Calif., where a “direct defense” of the city’s historic facility has been underway since July 27. Here, he reports on actions across the U.S. to stop the closing of post offices and layoffs of postal workers.


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Postal Cutbacks Blocked by Melissa Rakestraw

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Postal worker Melissa Rakestraw reports on a retreat in the attack on the post office.
SocialistWorker.org
April 16, 2013

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A PLAN to eliminate Saturday mail delivery and slash postal jobs has been canceled for now, according to an April 10 statement from the U.S. Postal Service Board of Governors.

Specifically, the board said Congress required the post office to continue 6-day delivery in a continuing budget resolution passed last month. The Government Accountability Office had also issued an opinion that Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe didn’t have the legal right to unilaterally end Saturday delivery.

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Delivering For America: The Rally To Save Six Day Mail Service + Real Reason Post Office is Canceling Saturday Deliveries

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nextleftnotes·Mar 24, 2013

NEW YORK — March 24, 2013. Labor leaders, community activists, and politicians stood together outside Manhattan’s Farley post office to protest planned closures of neighborhood post offices, the end of six day mail delivery, and layoffs of postal workers.

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A Day To Defend Postal Jobs by Jamie Partridge

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by Jamie Partridge
SocialistWorker.org
March 11, 2013

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Jamie Partridge, a retired letter carrier and organizer with Communities and Postal Workers United, reports on the call for protests against attacks on postal jobs.

THE NATIONAL Association of Letter Carriers (NALC), representing 200,000 city postal carriers, has called for a national day of action to save six-day mail delivery on March 24. People everywhere are encouraged to show up and demonstrate to the postmaster general, Congress and the president that Americans are ready to defend postal jobs and service.

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Statement of Consumer Advocate Ralph Nader Condemning the U.S. Postal Service’s Move to End Saturday Delivery

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by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page
February 6, 2013

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The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) today continued its tradition under the leadership of Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe of shooting itself in the foot. The only question that remains is: When will the madness end? By ending Saturday letter delivery in August 2013, as the USPS has proposed, millions of customers who take advantage of its services will be harmed, mail service will be slowed, and the USPS’s current death spiral will deepen.

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US Postal Workers On Week-long Hunger Strike

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PressTVGlobalNews·Dec 23, 2012

Six days starving to save six-day delivery. That’s the message of a group of former and current postal workers who went on an emergency hunger strike on the National Mall as well as walking through the halls of Congress and to the White House in Washington DC.

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Saving the Post Office: Letter Carriers Consider Bringing Back Banking Services by Ellen Brown

by Ellen Brown
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
webofdebt.com
August 12, 2012

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On July 27, 2012, the National Association of Letter Carriers adopted a resolution at their National Convention in Minneapolis to investigate establishing a postal banking system.  The resolution noted that expanding postal services and developing new sources of revenue are important to the effort to save the public Post Office and preserve living-wage jobs; that many countries have a successful history of postal banking, including Germany, France, Italy, Japan, and the United States itself; and that postal banks could serve the 9 million people who don’t have bank accounts and the 21 million who use usurious check cashers, giving low-income people access to a safe banking system.  “A USPS bank would offer a ‘public option’ for banking,” concluded the resolution, “providing basic checking and savings – and no complex financial wheeling and dealing.”

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Consumer Advocate Ralph Nader Calls for the Postmaster General to Resign

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by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page
April 26, 2012

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Condemns Postmaster General Donahoe’s Calls for Service Cuts, Post Office Closings, Job Cuts

For More Information Contact:
Ralph Nader or Jeff Musto
202-387-8034

Consumer Advocate Ralph Nader today called for Postmaster General Donahoe’s resignation. Several consumer non-profits joined him in this letter, including Public Citizen, Consumer Action, the Gray Panthers, and Essential Information. The Postmaster General Donahoe is “actively presiding over the demise of one of our country’s greatest founding institutions,” said Nader.

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Saving the Post Office and Postal Banking: The Models of Kiwibank and Japan Post by Ellen Brown

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by Ellen Brown
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
webofdebt.com
January 10, 2012

Neither rain nor sleet nor snow may have stopped the Pony Express, but the nation’s oldest and second largest employer is now under attack. Claiming the Postal Service is bankrupt, critics are pushing legislation that would defuse the postal crisis by breaking the backs of the postal workers’ unions and mandating widespread layoffs. But the “crisis” is an artificial one, created by Congress itself.

In 2006, Congress passed the Postal Accountability Enhancement Act (PAEA), which forced the USPS to put aside billions of dollars to pay for the health benefits of employees, many of whom hadn’t even been hired yet. Continue reading

Time to Save the Post Office by Ralph Nader

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by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page
Dec. 7, 2011

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The battered national consensus behind a national universal postal service–conceived by Benjamin Franklin–is heading for a free fall due to bad management, corporate barracudas and a bevy of editors and reporters enamored with the supremacy of the Internet which makes up their world.

Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe is pursuing a strategy of cutting or delaying services while increasing prices. Usually that is a sure prescription for continuing decline. For Mr. Donahoe, the drop in first class mail has left the Post Office with over-capacity. Continue reading