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Postal service blows it! Why Wal-Mart and Google are cleaning its clock - Salon
Citing Postmaster General Donahoe’s refusal to embrace postal banking, Salon writer David Dayen suggests he should be relieved of his position. “Some of the largest corporations in America have figured out that expanding banking access for underserved communities makes sense, and have taken steps to fill the need. T-Mobile, Wal-Mart and Google have all begun to move into the financial services arena, with prepaid debit cards to which customers can add money. These companies are threatening to pass by the postal service – which can still get into the mix, but the clock is ticking fast,” he notes. “Donahoe has continued his ‘innovations’ for dealing with the post office’s Congressionally-created budget deficit through branch closures, proposed service disruptions and privatization. The good news is that the regime can be changed.”

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Editorial: Welcome to the Real World - Foster's Daily Democrat

While claiming to offer a glimpse into the 'real world', the Foster's Daily Democrat opinion editor proves that supporters of the Staples deal with the USPS are living in a fantasy land. Clearly, the 'Stop Staples' campaign is building momentum and the right-wing proponents of postal privatization are starting to take notice!

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Highway-Funding Crisis Has Lawmakers Scrambling - National Journal
The Senate Finance Committee will meet behind closed doors Wednesday on the heels of a House Republican proposal to shore up the highway fund for a year by allowing the U.S. Postal Service to end Saturday deliveries and putting the “savings” into infrastructure projects—a plan ridiculed and dismissed by two Senate committee leaders.

U.S. Postal Service Fighting for Survival [Video] - Ring of Fire
RFK Jr. and Seder Discuss Privatization and APWU’s Staples Campaign

Build the Backlash!

Postal Union Targets Staples Over Mail Services Program - The Boston Globe

“Doody, the Staples executive, said the company does not want to get in the middle of the fight between the post office and its union, but acknowledged the issue could become a problem if more unions backed the postal workers. He said the retailer will continue to evaluate the situation to determine whether the negative backlash is worth the benefits of the partnership.”

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Postal Union Targets Staples Over Mail Services Program - The Boston Globe

A priceless example of USPS double talk:

"The Postal Service said it is not trying to privatize the US mail with the Staples contract. Spokeswoman Reid said customer traffic to post offices is declining and it makes sense for the agency to be located within retail stores that have small-business customers. At the same time, she said the postal service is looking to close some post offices."

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The Privatization Scam: 5 Horror Stories of Government Outsourcing to Greedy Private Companies - AlterNet
For decades we’ve been subjected to constant propaganda that government is inefficient, bureaucratic and expensive. Here are 5 privatization horror stories, where government outsourcing has gone terribly wrong. 

Staples in Bears’ Grip as Amazon Rivalry Curbs Growth Options - Bloomberg Businessweek
Wall Street analysts are predicting Staples Inc.’s best days are behind it.

Editorial: Postal Prognosis - Providence Journal
Casual observers may be excused for regarding the U.S. Postal Service as a basket case. But if they looked closer, they’d see there’s life in the post office yet. And there are levers that can be pulled to restore some of its vigor.