Updated: March 22, 2013 6:48AM
The plans of the Republican leadership, to destroy the U.S. Postal Service are being implemented.
The Postal Service is “off budget,” it takes no taxpayer money to deliver the regular mail; the agency was making a profit, until the Republicans decided to mess with success. In a late night session of Congress during the lame duck session of 2006, a rider was placed on a bill to make the postal service pay $5.5 billion annually, in advance, for 75 years of retiree benefits and health care and do so over a 10-year period.
No private corporation could, or would, be expected to pay benefits of workers who were not yet born yet the GOP decided to pass their dirty trick legislation to destroy the Postal Service.
Now we hear that the Postal Service is going to stop Saturday delivery, tens of thousands of workers will be laid off and we, the consumers get less for our money. In the last 12 to 14 years it has been the policy of the Republicans to try to destroy public employees because they are generally unionized and work against selling the country’s assets off to private industry.
Postage at the USPS is cheaper than the private counterparts, FEDEX and UPS, in fact much of the mail that is sent through the FEDEX and UPS systems is delivered by the USPS especially in rural areas of our country, the private carriers do not service many parts of our country’s rural areas.
The Republicans continue to try to cut and destroy Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security. They want to destroy food stamps and everything that helps people in need. Now we can to put the U.S. Postal Service on the pile of items the GOP wants to destroy.
Voter fraud very rare
Again we hear more right wing clap trap about voter fraud from a letter writer.
Illinois allows people getting a license to register to vote. But this is not the case in many states. According to the Brenners Center for Justice, there have been more restrictions put upon voters in 24 states now controlled by Republican governors.
In Texas you can register to vote using your conceal and carry permit but not your State University ID. In 12 states you need to present a birth certificate but how many married women who changed their name have a birth certificate with their married name on it. That means another piece of ID.
Many states are requiring photo IDs at time of voting. What was discovered by the Brenners Center is that minorities, students and poor people have problems with IDs. They also tend to vote Democratic.
The American Center for voting rights said there were over 100 cases of voter fraud. Upon further review that was reduced to 9 cases and almost all involved ex-cons voting in states that prohibit them from voting, like Florida. Since 2000 there have been 47,000 sightings of UFOs and 13 cases of voter fraud out of 649 million cast ballots. Our letter writer may want to spend more time looking up than looking out for voter fraud.
Value of marriage
There have been numerous letters to the editor recently regarding “gay” marriage, also known as “marriage equality.” Thank you to the Senate members who voted in favor of marriage equality. HB 110 will now be voted on in the Illinois House.
I would like to call attention to House members of both parties a statement made by Ted Olsen, former solicitor-general under President George W. Bush, who is now arguing in favor of marriage equality before the United States Supreme Court. In 2010 Ted Olsen stated the following:
“Many of my fellow conservatives have an almost knee-jerk hostility toward gay marriage. This does not make sense, because same-sex unions promote the values conservatives prize. Marriage is one of the basic building blocks of our neighborhoods and our nation. At its best, it is a stable bond between two individuals who work to create a loving household and a social and economic partnership. We encourage couples to marry because the commitments they make to one another provide benefits not only to themselves but also to their families and communities...
“The fact that individuals who happen to be gay want to share in this vital social institution is evident that conservative ideals enjoy wide spread acceptance. Conservatives should celebrate this, rather than lament it.” (Newsweek, January 8, 2010)
In closing, Lisa Madigan, Illinois attorney general, and Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez both have refused to defend the ban on same-sex marriage saying it violates the state Constitution.