Wednesday, April 16, 2014
PLACERVILLE, CALIFORNIA
99 CENTS

Sequester that

EDITOR:

The Mountain Democrat’s editorial of March 25, “Sequester this,” suggests sequestering reparation payments to minority and women farmers who were unjustly denied loans decades ago and, for good measure, cutting off telephone subsidies to poor Americans. I have one more suggestion: sequester the postal subsidy that allows junk mailers and newspapers like the Mountain Democrat to use the public mail for a fraction of what it costs the post office. Let’s have the MD preach by example.

JOHN GARON
Placerville

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  • Phil VeerkampApril 02, 2013 - 11:03 pm

    Oh goody! . . . The groan of the day . . . LINK - The low bar was a trick that the lawyers and politicians put into Pigford years ago; the “attempted to farm” standard. All you had to do was to say that you attempted to farm. In other words, you made the unprovable claim that you went to a USDA office and they did not even give you an application. Your lack of an application or any other documentary evidence became the proof that you had suffered discrimination. . . . . John, the “Pigford” Farmers settlement = fraud. The MD postage rate = subsidy. John, in your world is it really true that a subsidy is equivalent to fraud? But You were brief – 77 words – one paragraph. Thanks - tight trite trash.

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  • DeeApril 03, 2013 - 6:56 am

    Garon-Good point! But please dont forget the New York Times, Washington Post, WSJ, LATimes and USA Today. I'm sure that their subsidy is much larger by far than MD.

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  • Kirk W MacKenzieApril 03, 2013 - 8:15 am

    Dee -- I couldn't agree more. All entities need to stop taking (legislated) unfair advantage of the USPS, and that includes Congress. Agreement between Mr Garon, Dee, and me? Time to go ice skating in Hades.

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  • cookie65April 03, 2013 - 11:23 am

    Kirk, here is the doorway. http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/sideshow/scientists-reportedly-discover-gate-hell-203918901.html

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  • cookie65April 03, 2013 - 11:30 am

    This scam isn't new. https://www.farmerclaims.gov//

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  • JohnApril 03, 2013 - 12:38 pm

    Dee: Of course, my tongue-in-cheek letter, if implemented, would apply to all newspapers and publications. One difference between the NYTimes and the MD is that the Times does not preach cutting aid to the poor as the MD does. The Times advocates cutting corporate welfare, something the MD loves. I often wonder how the keeps its hypocrisy straight--there's so much of it.

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  • cookie65April 03, 2013 - 1:33 pm

    Would that corporate welfare include the usps itself? How many times have the taxpayers had to bail out their over bloated pensions?

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  • Kirk W MacKenzieApril 03, 2013 - 2:01 pm

    Cookie -- USPS is one of the few institutions that was created by the founders through the Constitution. It has been abused by legislation over the centuries, including the requirement to fund pensions of employees it hasn't even hired yet. I don't know if those pensions are "bloated"...if they are they should be reigned in (IMO). Personally, I think it should not operate at a loss.

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  • James E.April 03, 2013 - 2:18 pm

    I might be wrong and stand to be corrected, but I believe that the Post Office has not receive tax payer money for at least the last three decades. Plus, tax payers are not paying for their pensions, as it is funding their pensions 75 years in the future that is causing their current pain. As in Congress requiring them to finance their future pensions to the extent they eventually they go bankrupt, and then privatize it causing my letters to cost $10 and which can only be delivered to major areas. Want to send a privatized letter to Goose Neck, Vermont? Forget it. The Constitutional requirement for a post office thereby dead.

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  • James E.April 03, 2013 - 2:21 pm

    *** stike second they.

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  • James E.April 03, 2013 - 2:22 pm

    I really should proof my work: "Strike"

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  • cookie65April 03, 2013 - 3:29 pm

    http://www.nypost.com/p/news/opinion/editorials/us_postal_fiasco_zDNUTJXyrNHFAfXPvZNAIM

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  • cookie65April 03, 2013 - 3:31 pm

    http://articles.washingtonpost.com/2012-07-31/politics/35487574_1_postal-service-postal-community-mail-volume

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  • cookie65April 03, 2013 - 3:32 pm

    http://www.cnn.com/2012/12/20/opinion/avlon-post-office

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  • cookie65April 03, 2013 - 3:42 pm

    Kirk, yes it does go back to the founding. I know they are required to prefund pensions but as a quasi government agency it also has excessive costs for services. They also have a problem like all unionized operations with looming healthcare costs. http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865570373/Postal-Service-balks-at-pension-funding-requirement.html?pg=all

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  • cookie65April 03, 2013 - 3:57 pm

    http://www.heritage.org/research/reports/2012/06/postal-pension-refund-is-a-disguised-taxpayer-bailout

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  • cookie65April 03, 2013 - 4:04 pm

    http://www.judicialwatch.org/blog/2013/02/minority-farmers-reminded-of-1-3-bil-reparation-fund/

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  • James E.April 03, 2013 - 4:09 pm

    The Heritage piece postulates that if the Postal Service is given any of their retirement fund to meet current costs it would put the taxpayer at risk at "maybe" having to pay future postal retirements. A hit piece designed to continue the postal service on the road to the bankruptcy so desired by the Congress. Beware the Heritage Foundation. It exists to fog.

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  • James E.April 03, 2013 - 4:30 pm

    The Heritage Foundation. Former Tea Party Senator Jim DeMint and now President of the Heritage Foundation. Rush Limbaugh, member of the Heritage Foundation. The Wall Street Journal supporter of the Heritage Foundation. None, I believe, friends of the Postal Service. Now, why would they want to bankrupt the Postal Service? Wonder, wonder, wonder. Can you spell privatize? But, on the bright side I've finished my federal and state incomes taxes, have written the required checks to both and will mail them tomorrow. First time I've beat the April deadline in 52 years -- I've always been an October 15th kind of guy.

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  • Kirk W MacKenzieApril 03, 2013 - 4:33 pm

    I'm more inclined to blame congressional (both teams) incompetence over the centuries than the standard boogymen (unions and conservative think tanks). How can any organization succeed when they are forced to give their service away for free (franking) or below cost (businesses like the MD and NYT). How can they succeed when they are not allowed to adapt to changing times and circumstances?

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  • cookie65April 03, 2013 - 4:45 pm

    James, do you remember what I told you about the conversation I overheard at the UC Davis cancer center? http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2013/04/03/cancer-clinics-are-turning-away-thousands-of-medicare-patients-blame-the-sequester/

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  • cookie65April 03, 2013 - 4:57 pm

    I heard from my niece that she received a performance bonus from the company she works for and was taxed at 37.5% on it. Some incentive huh? Her hard work goes to subsidize the government. How about we quit subsidizing the public sector pensions and healthcare? I have never been for any corporate subsidizes unlike people like garon who will turn the other cheek if it is the public sector pensions or non-profits that promote leftism or union bailouts like GM.

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  • francescaduchamp@att.netApril 03, 2013 - 5:53 pm

    James...http://about.usps.com/what-we-are-doing/green/welcome.htm .Seems this sustainability comes before a fall...

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  • francescaduchamp@att.netApril 03, 2013 - 5:54 pm

    http://about.usps.com/transforming-business/future-postal-service.htm .Envisioning America's Future Postal Service

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  • James E.April 03, 2013 - 6:25 pm

    Cookie, I don't recall the exact (think they were doctors), but something about they and other doctors were leaving Medicare because of the flood of baby boomers that would be soon overwhelming the health care system. Refresh my memory -- it was something like that but I don't remember.

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  • cookie65April 03, 2013 - 7:59 pm

    Here it is James. I heard an interesting conversation while at an appointment the other day from the hallway behind the door to the exam room I was waiting in. Two men were talking and one of them made a couple of statements that all of America should hear. He said "32 million Americans are 65 or older, (also something about how many more are joining that age group that I didn't hear) 70% of all cancer occurs in this age group". He went on to say that there is "no possible way we can pay for it" and called it a "quagmire". I cannot tell you anything about the credibility of whoever made the claim but I can tell you I was at the UC Davis Cancer Center on X st when I heard it.

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  • Phil VeerkampApril 03, 2013 - 9:06 pm

    G'nite all - LINK - Why I Study Duck G@*italia

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  • Phil VeerkampApril 03, 2013 - 9:11 pm

    G'nite all - LINK - Criticism of Gov Funded Duck Genitalia Research

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  • francescaduchamp@att.netApril 03, 2013 - 9:39 pm

    Phil--thank you...I just needed to laugh. Good night

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  • cookie65April 04, 2013 - 8:02 am

    How come these subsidies haven't let up when all we have to show for it is bankruptcies? http://washingtonexaminer.com/doe-awarding-more-than-1.2-billion-in-energy-subsidies-despite-sequester/article/2526209

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  • francescaduchamp@att.netApril 04, 2013 - 8:09 am

    cookie this is the real danger...these sustainibility issues are being run by "big" money--the fortune five hundred group. This is not parties against parities. It is Private vs public. It is now more of a concern of which of those people get to rule it all. Think more basic--remember movies when we were young--sci fi movies...where one person wanted to rule the world. Welcome to the future. Now that is scary.

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  • cookie65April 04, 2013 - 10:04 am

    Francesca, one person wanting to rule the world isn't sci-fi, it is a fact traceable thru all of human history. All of human history is earmarked by such individuals. It is the folly of the left to deny that they still exist. Here is more of Obama's stimulus at work. http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/stimulus-program-correct-condom-use-costs-half-million-dollars-yields-zero-jobs_714500.html

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  • francescaduchamp@att.netApril 04, 2013 - 10:49 am

    cookie...this link gives us the most powerful people...not the one most powerful...I think the game is still on...which one person will rule it all? http://www.forbes.com/powerful-people/ as of 2012...there was 71 most powerful people. and I read your link--nice find

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  • francescaduchamp@att.netApril 04, 2013 - 10:59 am

    ahhhhhhh cookie I see the misunderstanding...I didnt mean "want to be" ruler of the world...I meant the fight to be the ruler of the global world. Will Presidents and kings, queen be on advisory counsels for one supreme leader of the entire world. Now thats scary...is what I meant. Everyone as you say knows that people have had the idea--but now its closer to a reality...one leader for all continents. One leader for a global world. Something to think about. will it happen in my time--nope.

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  • francescaduchamp@att.netApril 04, 2013 - 11:29 am

    One of the 71 most powerful people...moving right along. http://news.yahoo.com/facebook-moves-home-screens-android-phones-174821592--finance.html

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