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Are Post Office Closures Unconstitutional

Are Post Office Closures Unconstitutional

A guest blog by VOCAL RCA

 

While post offices are being sold throughout the United States, there is a looming question on whether or not this act, committed by the Postmaster General and Congress, is unconstitutional.

According to Article 1, section 8, clause 7 (wikipedia) of the U.S. Constitution, Congress shall have the power to establish post offices. Patrick Donahoe, the 73rd Postmaster General, alongside the U.S. Congress, are currently in the midst of selling off numerous post offices, across the U.S., to make up for a reported $1.9 billion loss in the first quarter of this year. Since the inception of the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act (PAEA) of 2006, the Postal Service has been reportedly losing billions of dollars each year and more recently, $25 million a day. Various members of Congress have even gone as far to state that taxpayers will foot the bill for retirees if the company continues to default, as it has twice, on its payment to the Retiree Health Benefit Fund (RHBF).

Little has been reported as to the real reason the Postal Service is losing money. The RHBF is a ploy setup by Congress so that the Postal Service can pay down the enormous U.S. budget deficit. Landmark post offices around the country are being sold, mail processing facilities are being consolidated, current employees are understaffed and overworked, because Congress is trying to prove that the United States Postal Service needs to be privatized in order to stay in business. Congress remains in control of how the Postal Service runs its’ business but yet they blame the company for not being able to pay its’ debt. Meanwhile Congress continues stalling on postal reform that will allow the company to adapt to, new technology trends (digital media), higher gas prices, inflation and other factors that the Postal Service desperately needs to compete.

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The Postal Service has been opening up Village Post Offices (VPO’s) and new Contract Postal Units (CPU’s) around the country as well. However, there is no data showing that these new retail units will create the same revenue as brick and mortar post offices. It seems that the Postmaster General and Congress are trying to pull a fast one on postal workers. The U.S. Constitution does state that Congress shall establish post offices, but it does not specify how. In the meantime members of Congress and Patrick Donahoe are getting rid of postal workers. A source of good paying jobs is being decimated, but the question is why? The gap between the rich and the poor grows wider every day. The middle class is disappearing rapidly and will soon be gone. The closure of post offices and the attack on the United States Postal Service does not appear to be a violation of the U.S. Constitution, because of the VPO’s and CPU’s, but it is a violation on the working class in this country and another founding U.S. document, the Declaration of Independence.

Vocal RCA is a Rural Carrier Associate

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3 comments

  1. 2 things. 1.The Middle class will never disappear. There is this myth that there will only be the very rich or the very poor. The problem is that it's mathematically impossible for the middle class to disappear. You will always have somebody in the middle. There will always be a middle class.

    2. No where in the Declaration of Independence does it state that there is a God given right to a decent paying job. The Declaration states that everybody has the right to "Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness" It doesn't guarantee anything. Now it's fair to argue that without a decent paying job, that you can't pursue happiness. I would point out the fallacy that happiness can be bought.

    What needs to be remembered is that as much as we don't want to admit to it, the Postal Service is a business. It needs to make money in order to survive. Given the lack of movement in Congress to make the changes we need, they have to do something. While we are busy lobbying Congress, our employer is losing money and sooner or later, something is going to have to give. Either we lose a day of delivery, close offices and sell property, or we face the prospect of the USPS going under and we are all out of work. This is why we must push for Postal Reform now, Because the longer we wait, the more likely Donahoe will get what he wants.

  2. Two points:

    1) The Constitution does not say that the Congress shall establish Post Offices. It says they have the power to do so but it does not mandate that they do it.

    2) The gap between the rich and poor isn't growing wider, at least not in the sense of what they earn. The spread in wages has remained fairly steady for decades. It's the household data and family data which shows the gap. Households and families don't get paid – individuals do. Your alleged 'wage gap' is indicative of the changing composition of households and families. It does not show that the rich earn more and more while the poor earn less and less.

  3. I am hearing the same thing on talk radio….do you suppose one day we will learn to think for ourselves again? I hope so very soon.

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