Klobuchar announces spending offset for St. Croix River bridge

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  1. Submitted by Bernice Vetsch on 11/10/2011 - 12:06 pm.

    How will it help America to weaken the Department of the Interior by taking $8 billion of its administrative budget away?

    Does Senator K. prefer the Big bridge to the smaller one because more jobs would be involved? How about jobs for green energy development instead?

    Or how about fully funding the Postal Service, now under attack by anti-union/anti-worker forces in the Congress and the Lobbying industry who want to cut its work force by 20% because it doesn’t show a profit???

  2. Submitted by Tom Anderson on 11/10/2011 - 07:11 pm.

    Nooooo! No cuts to administration!

    The Governor wants a stadium to create more jobs, of course we want a bigger bridge because it would create more jobs.

    The Postal Service is not part of the federal government so I’m not sure why the feds would give it any money, since there seems to a slight shortage at the federal level.

  3. Submitted by Bernice Vetsch on 11/10/2011 - 10:52 pm.

    The postal service is still controlled by the congress, which has the right to approve or reject any of its operating and pricing decisions. One of congress’s decisions was to make the postal service pay enough billions of dollars into its retirement fund to cover retiree expenses for 75 years – something that is expected of no other entity. This is one reason why it finds it difficult to meet current expenses.

    And, apparently, while it doesn’t have to show a profit (my error), it is expected to pay its own way, except that the government compensates it for those items it delivers free for the government or the blind.

    The radical privatizers in congress would rather see UPS and FedEx et al. run it as a private business, which would mean rural and small town Americans would pay through the nose for what should be an essential government service supported by taxes.

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