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Post Office Nears Historic Default On $5-Billion Payment
TBI ^ | 7-31-2012 | AP

Posted on 07/31/2012 4:55:31 AM PDT by blam

Post Office Nears Historic Default On $5-Billion Payment

AP
Jul. 31, 2012, 6:59 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Postal Service is bracing for a first-ever default on billions in payments due to the Treasury, adding to widening uncertainty about the mail agency's solvency as first-class letters plummet and Congress deadlocks on ways to stem the red ink.

With cash running perilously low, two legally required payments for future postal retirees' health benefits — $5.5 billion due Wednesday, and another $5.6 billion due in September — will be left unpaid, the mail agency said Monday. Postal officials said they also are studying whether they may need to delay other obligations. In the coming months, a $1.5 billion payment is due to the Labor Department for workers compensation, which for now it expects to make, as well as millions in interest payments to the Treasury.

The defaults won't stir any kind of catastrophe in day-to-day mail service. Post offices will stay open, mail trucks will run, employees will get paid, current retirees will get health benefits.

But a growing chorus of analysts, labor unions and business customers are troubled by continuing losses that point to deeper, longer-term financial damage, as the mail agency finds it increasingly preoccupied with staving off immediate bankruptcy while Congress delays on a postal overhaul bill.

Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe has described a "crisis of confidence" amid the mounting red ink that could lead even once-loyal customers to abandon use of the mail.

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(Excerpt) Read more at businessinsider.com ...


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KEYWORDS: bankrupt; government; postoffice; unions
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To: DManA
It's not a payment on the "pension" at all. It is a payment for medical insurance on retirees 75 years from now.

Now, may I ask, are you prepared to pay your own medical insurance 75 years from now?

I'll give you a while to think about that.

Regarding "cadillac pension", what do you think a federal pension is? I want to hear ~ that's so I can LMAO again.

21 posted on 07/31/2012 7:06:03 AM PDT by muawiyah
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To: muawiyah

The USPS business model is broken. It’s reason for existing is evaporating. And politicians, unions, and the board are incapable of making any meaningful change.

Cry and laugh and rant all you like. This is the fact of the matter.


22 posted on 07/31/2012 7:21:44 AM PDT by DManA
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To: DManA
The "business model" is not exactly broken, but the personnel system imposed by Congress IS broken, and rural service is also broken.

A study I did as early as 1976 said we needed to shut down 28,000 buildings and change all the customers of those offices over to rural delivery.

Then, through time, we'd get rid of the surplus postmasters and PTF clerks at those offices.

The savings were enormous.

Congress has no interest in closing those buildings. Congress is not a business. It is not a business model.

23 posted on 07/31/2012 7:30:18 AM PDT by muawiyah
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