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The USPS traces its roots to 1775 during the Second Continental Congress, where Benjamin Franklin was appointed the first postmaster general. The cabinet-level Post Office Department was created in 1792 from Franklin's operation and transformed into its current form in 1971 under the Postal Reorganization Act.The USPS employed 626,764 workers (as of January 2014) and operated 211,654 vehicles in 2013. The USPS is the operator of the largest civilian vehicle fleet in the world. The USPS has exclusive access to letter boxes marked "U.S. Mail" and personal letterboxes in the United States.In the 1960s African Americans were appointed as postmasters of the nation’s three largestPost Offices – New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles. By the end of the 20 the century African Americans comprised 21 percent of all postal employees, serving at all levels of the Postal Service.
Would you like the Postal Service to become your local banker, too? That idea has been floated by its inspector general.
The idea is the struggling service could produce needed revenue. And the network of offices would be needed in underserved areas like core cities and rural areas.
Critics wonder why adding more services would work. And why would a bank want to partner with the Postal Service?
So we asked members of our Email Interactive Group for their take. Some felt it makes more sense to bring back the pony express. Others are more optimistic.
Read more at Jacksonville.com: http://jacksonville.com/opinion/premium-opinion/2014-02-14/story/should-postal-service-become-bank-too#ixzz2tXbvtBlL
Civil Discourse is a locally based Progressive Radio show which is hosted by former State Senator Peter Bear and Eric Brant.
Peter and Eric connect the dots from historical events to current issues in an effort to correctly predict the outcomes. They lay out current events, expand on the issues, and blend facts with their own take on the subject matter.
This show aims to easily and accurately break down complex political situations for working America.
In this episode we talk about Ron Johnson's attack against the Post Office and the resistance he is getting from big donors in Wisconsin.
Paul Ryan misrepresents the benefits of LBJ's War on Poverty.
Today on Independent Underground Radio LIVE, we'll discuss the following topics: *Is the United States Post Office REALLY broke? It was recently announced that the USPS will end Saturday mail delivery come August 2013. According to various resources, the Post Office is over $5.6 billion dollars in the red. But does Congress mandate for the USPS to pay years in advance of pension benefits have anything to do with this? We'll discuss. *Also, the Michigan Democratic Party has a horserace going on for who will lead the political group chairperson-ship, Mark Brewer or challenger Lon Johnson. With less than two weeks before the votes are tallied at Cobo Hall in Detroit on 2/23, we'll get all into what will prove to be a fight to lead Michigan Dems for the upcoming 2014 State Races. Independent Underground Radio LIVE is a FEATURED BTR Weekend Politcal Talk podcast based out of Ann Arbor, Michigan covering Michigan and National Politics, job search, breaking news, unemployment and more.
Tune into I.U. Radio LIVE Weekend Political Talk on Tuesday and Thursday’s from 11:00 AM-1:00PM EDT & call with your robust opinions at 347-934-0185. Also, join us on Twitter @IUNewsTalk.
Journalist David Dayen explains how the Post Office could offer financial services, how the poor are exploited by predatory lenders and service providers, why the Post Office is a perfect place to provide basic financial services, how banking could save … Continue reading →
"Workers have a right to organize into unions and to bargain collectively with their employers. And a strong, free labor movement is an invigorating and necessary part of our industrial society.Only a fool would try to deprive working men and women of their right to join the union of their choice.Should any political party attempt to abolish Social Security, unemployment insurance, and eliminate labor laws and farm programs, you would not hear of that party again in our political history. There is a tiny splinter group, of course, that believes you can do these things, but their number is negligible and they are stupid." President Dwight Eisenhower
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This week, Laura Murphy, Director of the Washington Legislative Office for the American Civil Liberties Union.
Ms. Murphy grew up in a politically active family that advocated citizen action. After campaigning, working on Capitol Hill, lending her talents to several elected officials, working for several different ACLU offices, she was offered the position of Director of the Washington Legislative office in 1993 and was the first woman, African America, and has been the longest serving Director of the DC Legislative Office.
Almost 46,000 individuals are behind bars for non-violent drug offenses and can now apply for clemency. While there is a strong libertarian movement questioning the war on drugs, many state legislatures grapple with the budgetary implications of an expanding prison population. Furthermore, many religious movements are advocating redemption. There are also those who express concern that that the application of justice with respect to the war on drugs comes down with disparate representation regarding minority groups.
Ms. Murhpy’s observed major changes in the Republican Party since 2008. Whereas the the party once ostracized members who challenged party orthodoxy, it now seemingly welcomes more dissent under the big tent. The Democrats, Ms. Murphy observers, have some serious hawkish elements.
Lately, the ACLU has been at the forefront of the battle against the unprecedented surveillance by government agencies like the NSA, the use of torture by the CIA, and overreach by law enforcement agencies.
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