TLP: Don't Feed the Mailmen
Going postal has come to this.
A group of U.S. Postal Service employees and supporters launched a hunger strike Monday on Capitol Hill, urging action from lawmakers in order to save an agency they said was imperiled by Congress itself.In case they hadn't noticed, the future of the Postal Service is not high on the list of priorities for most Americans. Congress isn't especially worked up about it either.
The postal workers and boosters said they were trying to draw attention to a wonky yet crucial element of postal service reform being considered: the repeal of what's called the "prefunding mandate," a 2006 requirement from Congress that the USPS prefund the retiree heath benefits for its workers 75 years in advance, to the tune of about $5.5 billion per year.
"Congress created the problem, Congress can fix it," said Jamie Partridge, a retired letter carrier who worked in Portland, Ore., for 27 years and is taking part in the hunger strike. "We're just frustrated. We're indignant, we're outraged, we're here to shame Congress into doing the right thing. We're willing to suffer, to go on a hunger strike in order to show our indignation."
About the only ones who give a shit are the mailmen. And that just makes things worse.