Watch Fox's The Five Tonite for a Discussion of ReasonTV's Hunger-Striking Postal Workers Vid


On today's airing of the Fox News show The Five (more info), the hosts will discuss what led a dozen postal strikers to go on a four-day hunger strike last week.

ReasonTV caught up with the famished real-world Newmans and Cliff Klavins as they were about to enter the halls of Congress to plead their case to be let out of a 2006 arrangement. That law, The Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act, says that the Postal Service must fully fund its health and retirement accounts to the tune of more than $5 billion a year until 2017, which understandably cuts into the post office's declining cash flow. The law also made various changes to how postal rates are set and a variety of other lesser issues.

What the postal workers and their supporters typically fail to acknowledge is that the law also relieved the Postal Service of paying some $27 billion in pension benefits that were attributable to employees' military service. And that the bill passed the Senate unaminously on a voice vote and with 410 votes in the House of Representatives. This wasn't partisan legislation, that's for sure, but an attempt to clean up the bad finances of a major operation. For more on how the changes affected government spending, go here.


Here's the original writeup for the ReasonTV vid, "Gandhi, Mandela, and…Mailmen?":

Almost a dozen current and retired Postal Service workers (out of a current workforce of more than 550,000) are staging a four-day hunger strike—just one day longer than the average First Class letter takes to be delivered across the country—to call attention to what they say is a plot to destroy the United States Postal Service.

From June 25 through June 28, the strikers were in Washington, D.C. to lobby Congress to change a 2006 law that forces the Post Office to "pre-fund" health-care and retirement by billions of dollars a year. Despite a 21-percent decline in mail volume over the past four years and labor costs that are far higher than competitors such as UPS and FEDEX, the strikers say it's the mandate, not a hidebound way of doing business, that's stamping out the Postal Service's future.

ReasonTV caught up with the hunger strikers on the steps of the Cannon Building in Washington.

Approximately 3 minutes.

Produced by Jim Epstein and Nick Gillespie.

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  1. Time to privatize the USPS and set the postal workers free. Let the mail carriers be free of government oversight (and funding)!

    1. Hell, just end the monopoly on first class mail and let the USPS try to compete head to head with UPS and FedEx.

      That’ll end the USPS tout suite.

      1. Why do you hate America?

        1. Libertarians hate everything that isn’t libertarianism or other libertarians. I’ve gathered.

        2. Libertarians hate everything that isn’t completely libertarian. I don’t think they would disapprove of that description.

        3. Rethuglican postal-worker-hating murderer111111

  2. Wholehearted civic action is always impressive as long as it is not violent or otherwise in violation of law.

    1. I can’t make sense of this claim. I tried.

      1. Sacrificing or risking something for the sake of creating political change is impressive and rare. You put yourself at stake rather than parade around with a sign.

        1. Always impressive? The goal is irrelevant?

          And by your terms, civil disobedience, which by definition is in violation of law, and therefore actually risky, is somehow less impressive.

  3. Why would I care that these assholes didn’t eat for a few days? I wouldn’t care if they starved themselves to death.

  4. “The Postal Service could be involved in Homeland Security”

    Or you could mow lawn on Saturday instead of delivering mail.

  5. Abolish the USPS immediately, and fuck the workers. This monopoly is an abomination.

    1. No, no, no, you have that all wrong. Monopolies are evil when they are held by companies who do such a good job that no one can compete with them. When competition is outlawed no matter how poor the job, then monopolies are a good thing.

      1. You went a step farther than necessary, MS. Here’s the simpler rationale: If it’s run by government, it’s a good thing, monopolies included?

        Do you not GET THIS??

        1. Right, right, right. Somehow I keep forgetting that when government a single government employee does something bad, at least they can always be held accountable.

  6. I’m leaning towards subcontract out the whole mess. The Postmaster General’s job is to administer the contract and make sure the performance metrics are being met.

    Acyually, I lean towards getting rid of the whole thing. Just because Congress can establish post offices doesn’t mean they have to.

    1. +1. The Constitution allows Congress to establish a postal service, but it does not require it, and it doesn’t empower the federal government to monopolize the industry.

  7. Isn’t this equivalent to the ubiquitous transit strikes in France and the UK? This is the result of simultaneously allowing government control of “critical infrastructure” and unionization of its employees.

    1. Is the Post Office really critical infrastructure at this point? What do they do that can’t be done better by the private sector.

  8. I actually see the strikers’ point. A mandate to fund retirement 75 years in advance would break most piggy banks.

    However……I wonder who lobbied Congress for that mandate? It couldn’t possibly have been the public-sector union the letter carriers belong to, could it?


  9. i did not get my male today i think the postige workers are lazy they pass my box some times and some times i get bills that arent even myne hellow newmann!

  10. The USPS won’t even bother to ride the elevator up three stories to get packages from our company. Both FedEx and UPS will. The USPS slogan should be, “We don’t give a ship!”

    1. Duh. USPS gets paid the same no matter how many letters they send. FedEx and UPS get more money for attracting more customers. Incentives matter.

  11. Man just throw your hands up in the air, Like you just dont care!

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