Skip to comments.'The Nation' seeks $120,272 from readers to cover cost of 'Tea-Party' backed postal-rate hikes
Posted on 10/28/2013 4:21:36 PM PDT by Tailgunner Joe
The Nation emailed subscribers a note today asking for $120,272 in donations, a hefty chunk of change the journal will owe as a result of the impending postal rate hike crisis, as the note puts it.
Tea Partybacked conservatives helped force the US Postal Service into requesting an emergency rate hike one that will cost The Nation an additional $120,272 every year. While corporate media can handle this kind of a bill, The Nation can't foot it alone, President Teresa Stack wrote to the nonprofit publications readers.
The Nation isnt the only magazine bracing for an emergency rate hike as the cash-strapped U.S. Postal Service scrambles to offset falling mail volume and fund employees retirement benefits. Mary Berner, C.E.O. of the Association of Magazine Media (and C.E.O. and President of Reiman Media, for her day job), spoke for the magazine publishers in attendance at last weeks American Magazine Media Conference when she lobbed insults at the USPS and its congressional enablers: I mean, who thinks raising rates on its best customers is a remotely sane idea for a business whose revenue is already in free fall? Its like raising prices on shoe laces when everyone is using Velcro, Berner said, the New York Post reported.
The United States Postal Service announced its proposed price changes, including a three-cent increase in the cost of first-class mail postage, in a news release on Sept. 25. It expects the changes, which would go into effect this January, to raise $2 billion in additional revenue a year.
The Nations donation page blames conservative Republicans, like U.S. Rep. Darrel Issa, for forc[ing] the Post Office into requesting an emergency rate hike.
But Stacks personal take on the subject is more nuanced: Postal politics are very complicated, said Stack, a postal nerd in her own words. [The Postal Service] will tell you the reason that theyve lost so much money is because of these ridiculous pre-payments they have to make for future health benefits, which is something the Republican Congress will not compromise on.
While Republicans push for the privatization of the postand in the short term, common sense cost-cutting reforms, like 5-day mail/6-day package delivery, as Rep. Issa advocated in a statementStack believes that Congress should end the Postal Services mandate to invest billions in postal workers future retirement benefits.
We feel for the postal service, she said. We think its a great institution, whose hands have been tied in terms of rate increases in the past.
Sympathy aside, The Nationwhich relies on the Postal Service to reach 130,000 print subscribers and whose circulation numbers have dropped by 15 percent since 2008, according to data from the Alliance for Audited Media, cant wait for the institution to sort out its issues; Stacks email asks readers to sign up as Nation Builders, or contributors, by Oct. 31.
I didn’t think the TEA party used the Post System. If anyone USED the post system beside the junk mailers, THEY ought to be sad..if not MAD.
What we need to address this situation is a government fee set on purchasers of publications. We could call it...oh, I dunno...how about the Stamp Act?
Well, at least their not blaming Bush anymore. Lol
what is this “mail” they speak of? if you can’t send me a e-bill and collect payment on line, well.. I won’t do business with you.
The postman hates me. I just let the mailbox overflow.
[ Sympathy aside, The Nationwhich relies on the Postal Service to reach 130,000 print subscribers and whose circulation numbers have dropped by 15 percent since 2008, according to data from the Alliance for Audited Media, cant wait for the institution to sort out its issues; Stacks email asks readers to sign up as Nation Builders, or contributors, by Oct. 31. ]
A lot of commies from the 1940’s and 1950’s are dying off from old age now....
Dear THE NATION: Sucks to be you.
Wow, now the “dead” TEA Party has raised postal rates??
Dehumanize the target.
Note to “The Nation”...bite me.
folks, this is the difference between them and us. We would just pay it, they blame someone else and try to get a third party to pay for it.
These people look at a flat tire and figure out a way to blame it on Bush or now the Tea Party.
The Tea Party is to blame for everything bad. Everything.
And the sheeple will believe it.
If urbane, educated Germans believed what the Nazis said about their favorite scapegoats, then the illiterate, innumerate, drug-addled, entertainment-saturated American will believe whatever the 0bama0 Reich and its propaganda organs say.
Groupthink liberals are like lemmings over a cliff...
Kinda reminds me of the 80’s and 90’s when the “Religious Right” kept on coming back from the dead to wreak havoc on the Left.
I know what you mean! My box is at the end of a long driveway. When I check it twice a month, it's full of ads, credit card offers, my car warranty is expiring, and I can now pre-arrange my funeral.
Absurdity is funny when Monty Python does it. When dhimmicrats do it, it is just pitiable.
The TEA party is living rent free inside the Nations’s editor’s heads.
Wake up and smell the coffee! The USPS has missed (i.e., skipped) the last 3 payments, which add up to over $15B. The reason Congress requested the payments from the USPS (a federally chartered private corporation) is that they have been agreeing to contracts with their unions which promise impossible levels of support for future retiree pension and health benefits. They have been doing this for a long time, and with the clear and predictable decline in postal service revenues ahead, Congress asked them to pay now, so taxpayers do not have to pay later. They have simply reneged on payments of late. With an Administration in the pocket of government employee's unions, and the postal carriers union, it's too much to ask that they enforce the law. Hearing drivel like this from The Nation is too much!
The just used the phrase TEA Party to try to attach themselves to something not totally dead.
> Wait until they blame their Hemorrhoids on the Tea Party.
Especially when they’re the real pain in the a$$
um yeah... because everyone knows we in the TEA party want to give the government more money
Not true of course... but if the tea party DID keep the nation from being delivered; that’s a good thing
well that and.. Congress raids the fund to spend the money.
The “Tea Party” is not on great big unified political entity like any government union, or even a political party. There is no central command . When politicians start attacking it they’re talking about hundreds of distatified voters formed into individual groups. Not one central commissariat
FR carried a report from Yahoo about a bunch of Michiganders including the CEO from Amway who didn’t cite his reasons but it sounds like this may be his reason. Amway uses DM direct mailing and is blaiming the “Tea Party” for problems he’s having and declared he will support “moderate candidates”. Insisting the “Tea party” should be kicked out of the Republican party.
To the best of my knowledge the sundry “Tea Parties” are more concerned about other issues besides the post office and its poatal rates. If a group has fine and good but they don’t speak for another opposing them. Fact is most groups when funds are avaialable do use the USPS to mail to their members and do want an increase in rates either.
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So the liberal subscribers can cheat the USPS and all of their fine union workers and the printing companies and their unions out of their hard earned pay, benefits and retirement for a mere $14? Maybe the fault for the post office's financial woes, dear Brutuses, lie not in the tea party but in yourselves.
Print and Ship electronically.
I always knew Amway was/is a scam.
Non-profit, my Aunt Fannie's butt. Ms Stack is taking home a paycheck, as are others in the organization.
Thanks Tailgunner Joe.
Demagogic Partisan Media Shills ping.
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Posted on 10/28/2013 4:21:15 PM PDT by James R. Aist
These poor folks at ‘The Nation’. I’m sending them a genuine Lincoln penny, worth slightly more than one cent due to the copper content, for a cost of 46 cents. I’m requesting they mail a receipt back to me, just because they’re such crybabies.
You can’t suck an economy dry forever and hope to have something to hide your subsidized services in.
This is so strange...