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U.S. Postal Service May Be Privatized

by Countable | 10.11.18

What’s the story?

  • Postal workers across the nation rallied on Monday to protest President Donald Trump’s proposal to privatize the postal service.
  • Under the proposal, the USPS would "transition to a model of private management and private or shared ownership."
  • Though the USPS is a federal agency – one of the few outlined in the Constitution – it doesn’t receive any tax dollars. All income is generated by postage sales and services.

What are both sides saying?

  • Walter Barton, president of the National Association of Letter Carriers Branch 6000 in Amityville, New York, told Newsday that the move would eliminate jobs and reduce the number of delivery days, hurting residents and small businesses that depend on daily delivery.
“If you go private, you don’t know what you’re going to get,” Barton said. “A company, just to make a profit, could hire anybody.”
  • In April, President Trump issued an executive order demanding that a task force evaluate the Postal Services’ finances. “The USPS is on an unsustainable financial path and must be restructured to prevent a taxpayer-funded bailout,” the president said in his order. He added:
"It shall be the policy of my administration that the United States postal system operate under a sustainable business model to provide necessary mail services to citizens and businesses, and to compete fairly in commercial markets.”
  • “We’re not waiting to see the task force report. The administration has already indicated where they’re headed,” American Postal Workers Union President Mark Dimondstein said in a news release. “Private companies are going to raid the precious resources of the people’s Postal Service, which has only grown more valuable due to the growth of ecommerce.”
  • There are currently resolutions in the House and Senate to keep the USPS “independent” and “not subject to privatization.”

What do you think?

Do you agree with the postal workers’ chant “U.S. Mail: Not for Sale”? Or does the USPS need a “sustainable business model”? Take action above, then share your thoughts below.

—Josh Herman


(Photo Credit: @hharealaborfed via Twitter)

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  • James
    10/11/2018
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    Trump does not get to decide this. It is the sole responsibility of Congress. Article I, Section VIII, 7th Clause: “To establish Post Offices and Post Roads;” Excerpt From The United States Constitution

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  • Tyler
    10/11/2018
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    The postal service is a vital and necessary part of shipping and logistics, especially for people who can't afford UPS, FedEx, and DHL prices. Don't privatize the USPS

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  • Drkenfp107
    10/11/2018
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    Privatizing a Constitutionally mandated function is - dare I say - unconstitutional.

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  • Jake
    10/11/2018
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    No. I do not allow them to privatize it otherwise we will end up paying more taxes due to incompetence in the ethics of the private sector.

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  • IllWill
    10/11/2018
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    I can see Trump is selling off our nation to the richest people in the country. This isn’t about the financial situation of the Post Office. This is just a move designed to make some American oligarch even more wealthy when they buy the USPS. The Postal Service is not a business. It’s a government service meant to make sure all Americans can send and receive mail cheaply and that’s how it should stay.

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  • Chris
    10/11/2018
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    The GOP continues to privatize aspects of the Government to turn then over to private business who has ZERO interest in anything but money. Not in successful deterrents in our prison system, not in healthy efficient care for our veterans, and now NOT in effective means of mail delivery without being subject to price gouging which far exceeds postal rates.

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  • A
    10/11/2018
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    The post office is self-sustaining. More importantly, this is vital for American citizens to have access to mail service. (Also, personally the service the UPSP provides has always been better than any FedEx or UPS shopping I’ve used).

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  • Judith
    10/11/2018
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    WTF !!! IF IT WORKS DON'T FIX IT !!! THE USPS DOES NOT RECEIVE ANY TAX DOLLARS ! IT PAYS FOR ITSELF WITH POSTAGE STAMPS ! THIS IS JUST ANOTHER CORPORATE CAPTURE PLOY TO REACH FURTHER INTO OUR POCKETS ! LEAVE IT THE FUK ALONE !! NUMB NUTS !

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  • KansasTamale
    10/11/2018
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    Ridiculous. It’s the United States Postal Service. That says it all. The government’s job is to care for the people who pay the bills. That’s us. USPS and other parts of the government MUST NOT Be PRIVATIZED.

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  • TracyEckels
    10/11/2018
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    If the postal service was run like a business they would be a lot more efficient already.

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  • Robert
    10/11/2018
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    Republicans want to privatize everything they or their greedy cronies can make a buck off of. Medicare, hiways, VA, education, everything. Wherever they see a pot of tax money they want to get their greedy hands on it. Do not privatize the post office.

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  • burrkitty
    10/12/2018
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    The history of the United States Postal Service is rooted in a single, great principle: that every person in the United States — no matter who, no matter where — has the right to equal access to secure, efficient, and affordable mail service. For more than 231 years, the Postal Service has delivered on that promise, continually transforming itself to better serve its customers.

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  • I.Got.an.Idea...
    10/11/2018
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    Let’s also privatize all of Congress, the Supreme Court and all police to the Russians, North Koreans, Chinese and Cubans. That will make everyone safer and America more profitable. Republicans are not sane. They are a danger and a threat to Citizen’s health and Safety, and the ONLY thing Republicans care about is how much profit can they make off everyone. If it is privatized, it should ONLY be privatized to the Citizens, no for-profit entities or religious entities or political organizations.

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  • Steven
    10/11/2018
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    Private companies do a much better job because their livelihood depends on it.

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  • Lexpost
    10/11/2018
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    Selling off assets for a one off is about the stupidest things one can do. Privatization is the beginning of a race to the bottom. Toll roads, prisons, detention of minors are a few of the more spectacular failures of the privatization movement. The private sector has no monopoly on competency. The Post Office is a direct responsibility of the government by the constitution.

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  • Leon
    10/11/2018
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    Long overdue.

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  • Miri
    10/11/2018
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    Anything else he is going to destroy

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  • Mindful
    10/11/2018
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    Let’s not forget the ‘Privatization’ efforts with our Prisons. Remember the Military Privatization with Mercenaries-Contractual Soldiers. How well have those bone-headed ideas gone. Yeah, that’s right...Gone! Privatization?! “Profit” would be the most important product. There goes your mail...down the sewer.

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  • Michelle
    10/11/2018
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    Keep it as is. It's not broken .

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  • Scribblepinch
    10/12/2018
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    Nope. Return to sender.

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