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Property Means Preservation

William748 Wrote: Jul 01, 2012 9:25 AM
I definitely think that this idea is great in Africa, but how does it work here in the United States (or other 1st world country)? Maybe in the west, but elsewhere, not so much. The only thing that protects land from being developed is government involvement(ownership, payments for set-asides etc.). Private entities too often end up like the Nature Conservancy where a lot of people contribute and the rich who run it use the land as their private vacation spot. I don't know what the answer is, but maybe if we had more honor and less greed at high levels both inside and outside government, we might get somewhere.
The USPS is the only postal service (in the 1st world anyway) that is not subsidized by the government. The congress mandates that the USPS carry mail (3rd class-business and non-profit) at a loss and the congress is supposed to make up the loss-they never do(surprise!). In 1989 or 1990, the congress took over one billion dollars from the USPS to put into the federal pension plan. That was to replace the money the congress stole from the postal employees in 1969-1970-the congress took the money deducted from the employees paychecks and spent it for the war. If the congress were to give the USPS what they owe it, it would be in the black.
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