The U.S. Postal Service´s decision to eliminate Saturday delivery could disproportionally hurt minority groups, according to Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), the ranking member on the House Oversight Committee. "You´re talking about just this reduction … from six days to five days will cut anywhere from 25,000 to 30,000 employees. And with regard to Asian, African-Americans, and Hispanics, they comprise about 40 percent of the Postal Service employees," Cummings told Melissa Harris-Perry on MSNBC Friday night. "So it´s logical to believe if they were to lose that 30,000 jobs, easily 40 percent of them would be African-Americans, Hispanics, and Asian-Americans."
Comments: We poke fun at Cummings, but his thinking is simply a cruder version of how Attorney General Eric Holder seems to view the country.
No ammount of ´innovation´ is going to make people send more mail. We are 1/8 of the way into the 21st century. Things change. The only checks I write and send are gifts, like so many people. It´s over for the PO. As far as I´m concerned, they could go to Mon/Wed/Fri.
Cummings is from Md. as is Senator Mikulski who are both patron saints of federal workers.The PO isn´t serious about cutting expenses,cutting out Sat. delivery except for packages is a farce.If a person shows up to deliver one package,my guess is he´ll get paid for the whole day if not overtime on top.
Cummings is no stranger to playing the race card so this is just his MO.
At the end of the day there will be a bailout of the post office under the guise of minorities being hardest hit.
This is really no different than a family being a 1000 bucks a month short and cutting out pizza to solve the problem.
Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), the Islamo-Marxist Progressive buffoon waves his magic wand:
"Basically, what the Congress needs to do is do a comprehensive bill whereby we have what we call an innovation officer, which is my idea. And that person would keep the Post Office as cutting edge of innovation and bringing in new ways to of making money"
I think that Congress should mandate that all Post Office vehicles get 200 mpg by 2014 and that email be put directly under the control of the Post Office so they can charge a "stamp convenience fee" on every message equal to what we would pay if we physically sent a letter. These "cutting edge innovations" would solve all their problems.
WHY are whites UNDER represented? According to the census, 72.4% of those employed by the Post Office..actually any federal workforce should be white. (The United States Census Bureau defines White people as those "having origins in any of the original peoples of Europe, the Middle East, or North Africa. It includes people who reported “White” or wrote in entries such as Irish, German, Italian, Lebanese, Near Easterner, Arab, or Polish." Whites constitute the majority of the U.S. population, with a total of 223,553,265 or 72.4% of the population in the 2010 United States Census.
The postal service has been notorious for avoiding any kind of efficiency programs. There are laws that do not let then study what is needed and then implement cost saving plans. The unions want dues payers, not less workers. The system is corrupt with kickbacks, etc. when people get promoted or pay increases. The bosses and unions are rolling in happy dollars from the mailers.
Lately, our white mail delivery person has been replaced on many days by a black delivery person. When that happens our mail is frequently delivered to our neighbors and theirs to us. AND the box is left open by her.
I go into a Post Office maybe one or two times a year. I think that half of the staff cannot read. We are still getting mail addressed to the original owner of our home that moved thirteen years ago. I would be happy if we could opt for no junk mail delivery so that mail carriers do not have to work so hard. It goes from mail box to the recycle bin without even opening it. There is a lot of waste in this organization. Cut waste and you could cut costs by 40%.
Wow, he grasps the idea of percentages. But I "wonder why" the USPS has that high a proportion of minorities in the first place. Of course he´s not seriously saying that, in post-racial America, disproportionately more whites should be fired to protect minorities...
the psotal service has gone to great lengths to improve efficiency, from the use of barney, a purple colored huge mailing sorter device, to measuring the length of a postal delivery person´s stride. The central problem right now is that congress, in a flight of fancy, told the postal service that pension plans had to be fully funded immediately - this is the only governmental entity that is required to do so. The funds in question amount to about 8 bilion dollars, due right now.
I had to send a pkg overnite to a town that was 15 miles from a major US city. I went to the USPS to send the pkg. I was told that the pkg could not be delivered to that town overnite..it was TO FAR AWAY from the city. I had to send the pkg. by UPS. It arrived on time...and the UPS used the same roads that the USPS use. and the cost was 64 dollars... privatize this USPS..but it wont happen, because Congress ´uses" the service....
There are multiple reasons why the post office should eliminate Saturday delivery. One is being that the mail processing is not there. Today people are using direct pay and e-mail which reduces the delivery of mail. Another is FEDEX and UPS. These two companies are able to ship cheaper. The post office screwed themselves by pandering to the union. People at the post office are being paid mega bucks to sit around (on call). It would not hurt me if they are reduced delivery to three days a week.
Here´s an experiment: Go to any small-town post office that is under threat of closure. If you don´t know which ones they are, call your Congressman. Purchase some stamps. The person (the only one there) who cheerfully and efficiently helps you is probably non-union. Then go to the flagship post office in downtown (14th and L St NW) Washington DC. Try to purchase some stamps. All the people who flagrantly refuse to help you are union. Guess which post office will be closed. Guess which post office the USPS is afraid to touch.
Yes, the Postal Service has become the option of working welfare in the big cities. Our downtown plant that is on the way to closure had more that it´s fair share of drunks, no shows, disabled i.e. light or limited duty. Because some of these people are black & women there have been gross violations that would get anyone else fired. It was well known that 2 shift leaders would go down to the River Boat casino on postal time. They did not get fired. People abuse the Family Medical Leave Act - black and white - so much that they have to take leave w/o pay etc.
So we should never allow minorities to be hired in numbers disproportionate to their population. That way they would not be hurt disproportionately when laid off. What in the world are we doing hiring minorities in such disproportionate numbers anyway. I thought the government was an "equal opportunity employer"? Doesn´t look so to me. Oh. I see. That doesn´t apply to whites!
I live in Maryland and if Mr. Cummings is saying it, he is working some kind of scam to increase his bank account or to increase one of his fellow corrutocrats bank account. He is a devote race baiter and a hater of all things American, if the melanin is not dark enough you are his declared enemy. He judges everything by the pigment of your skin not the thought or consideration in your heart.
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