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Monday, September 29, 2014

American Pride

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(Photo: WBCP/DCE/USPS/DC Comics)


The United States Postal Service, a government organization that always delivers our mail to the right places on time, is on schedule to lose another $14 billion this year. This is not a government welfare agency that redistributes wealth by employing three-quarters of a million Americans dedicated to speedy, courteous service. The USPS is a fine example of how government performs more efficiently than the private sector. So what if UPS and Fed Ex earn better than $10 billion annually. Their working conditions are harsh because the delivery personnel are compelled to drive trucks, which does not allow them to take a lunch break after every delivery.

In any event, the USPS today has proudly announced its new Limited Edition Forever Batman Stamp Collection Set honoring 75 years of service for our nation’s top super hero. Personally, I think it is a terrible choice. Batman failed to win the Nobel Peace Prize before taking on his duties in Gotham City.

 

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20 comments:

  1. Funny that you mention lunch breaks, because I've seen a few of their drivers around libraries and other such places with computers, taking a computer break before getting back to their deliveries. Are they getting paid while they surf? :)

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    1. Karen: I'm not sure. I just felt a little ornery today.

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  2. I bet Batman could deliver the mail more efficiently though...

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  3. Hi JJ - sadly big companies force their employees to work to the bone - nearly ... it seems ridiculous in this day and age ...

    Not being a resident of the big USof A .. I really can't comment .. cheers Hilary

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    1. Hilary: It is sometimes difficult to read through my sarcasm, but I am not a big fan of government programs. They usually waste money and deprive citizens of self-worth.

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  4. But it's all four steps up from the Pony Express.

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    1. Manzi: Except that horses take fewer breaks when they work.

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  5. Hi, I found your blog via your comment (which made me smile) on Susan Flett Swiderski's blog, so I join in here.

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    1. Brigitta: It is all in fun. Thank you for joining in.

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  6. Oh my. That's almost laughable. Well, I guess there have been worse stamps. (And yes, I totally want a fiscally responsible government...but wishes might as well be air.)

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    1. Crystal: I found a few stamps that are worse, but I'll wait for another post someday.

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  7. I had to cancel my post office box because my local post office neglected to put a bill in there (after having a box for 20 years), then closed the box and started sending my mail back when I didn't pay the bill I never got. I just told them to keep the box closed because if they can't handle sliding a bill into the box, I didn't trust them to handle making sure my mail gets in there. I think they're going to go WAY downhill before it gets better.

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    1. Stephanie: I hear homing pigeons are in the works. It should boost profits considerably, except USPS will probably buy its pigeon food overseas.

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  8. Susan's comment made me laugh. (see above)

    I think that there are postal carriers who take pride in their job. My SIL delivers mail for the post office (and I think she does a good job). But there are enough folks who are just putting in time that it makes everyone look bad. Of course, that is what my mom says about the auto industry (too many people who don't really care and are just clocking in the hours). Less than a week ago, she was saying that it is a shame that the reliability of Honda and Toyota have fallen... and drew the correlation that they are now mostly US made.

    Then again, it could just be about the stamp.

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    1. Robin: All one can do is laugh!

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  9. I do feel where you are coming from J.J. BUT! Honestly, I know how happy this will make my four year old grandson (aka Batman) seriously, I'm not joking a bit. He often leaves the house dressed as Batman, (of course Lyra my daughter's little girl is always appearing everywhere in some princess gown as well. Okay, I confess it's something I support, because once they leave this munchkin age, it appears the real world is out of touch when it comes to healthy imagination, and silliness. Too many grown-ups rely on Smartphones for magic.

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    1. Karen: Ha ha! I'm also in favor of anything for the kids. In fact, were it not for child labor laws, I'll bet children would boost USPS profits considerably, especially if all stamps portrayed their heroes. The grown-ups on the Smartphones should disappear. Now, that's magic!

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