Return to Sender - Phil Rubio

  • Aired:  09/14/11
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Former postal worker and author Phil Rubio discusses the important universal service provided by the post office. (3:50)

BUT, FOLKS, OTHER THAN GIVING MY

FANS THE CHANCE TO LICK MY

BACKSIDE, I CANNOT THINK OF ONE

GOOD REASON THAT WE NEED A POST

OFFICE.

HERE TO GIVE ME SEVERAL GOOD

REASONS IS FORMER MALE CARRIER

AND AUTHOR OF "THERE'S ALWAYS

WORK AT THE POST OFFICE" PHIL

RUBIO.

DR. RUBIO, THANKS SO MUCH FOR

JOINING ME.

[CHEERING AND APPLAUSE]

ALL RIGHT.

HERE'S THE BOOK.

"THERE'S ALWAYS WORK AT THE POST

OFFICE."

YOU USED TO WORK AT THE POST

OFFICE.

>> YES, I DID.

STOOP STEEP NOW YOU'RE A

PROFESSOR OF HISTORY, CORRECT?

>> YES, AT NORTH CAROLINA A&T

STATE UNIVERSITY IN GREENSBORO.

MY STUDENTS WANTED ME TO GIVE

THEM A SHOUT-OUT.

>> Stephen: OKAY.

YOU GOT IT.

>> THANK YOU.

>> Stephen: I'M GOING TO HAVE

TO CHARGE YOU FOR THAT

UNFORTUNATELY.

WHY SHOULD I CARE ABOUT WHETHER

THE POSTAL SERVICE IS HERE OR

NOT?

>> TWO WORDS: UNIVERSAL SERVICE.

TWO MILLION ADDRESSES ARE ADDED

EVERY YEAR.

45 MILLION ADDRESS CHANGES, WHO

IS GOING TO DO THAT BESIDES THE

POSTAL SERVICE?

FEDEX, UPS?

>> Stephen: YEAH, THOSE GUYS

WILL DO IT.

>> THEY WON'T.

>> Stephen: IF THEY CAN MAKE

ANY MONEY, THEY WILL DO IT.

THAT'S THE FREE MARKET.

THE POSTAL SERVICE IS A QUASI

SOCIALIST SYSTEM THAT DOES NOT

USE THE FREE MARKET TO GOUGH

EARN WHETHER A STAMP IS ONLY 45

CENTS IF IT GOES TO ALASKA.

>> LEST TALK ABOUT WHAT THE

POSTAL SERVICE REALLY IS.

IT'S ALWAYS BEEN A GOVERNMENT

AGENCY, BUT IT HAS TO OPERATE ON

A CORPORATE MODEL.

SO IT HAS TO DO A DELICATE

BALANCING ACT.

IT CAN'T BE TOO COMPETITIVE WITH

UPS AND FEMENTDEX.

>> Stephen: THAT'S MY PROBLEM

WITH THE POST OFFICE.

IT'S NOT COMPETITIVE IN THE REAL

WORLD.

>> WELL, IT'S NOT ALLOWED TO BE

COMPETITIVE.

>> Stephen: DID YOU NOT HEAR

THAT.

[KNOCKING]

THAT MEANS I WON.

>> IT'S NOT ALLOWED TO BE

COMPETITIVE.

THERE ARE CERTAIN CONSTRAINTS

THAT TELL IT THAT IT CAN'T

COMPETE WITH UPS OR FEDEX IN

CERTAIN AREAS.

>> Stephen: HERE'S WHERE I

THINK THE REAL PROBLEM IS.

THE POST OFFICE IS A

PUBLIC-PRIVATE HYBRID.

IT'S CONTROLLED BY CONGRESS BUT

RECEIVES NO TAXPAYER MONEY.

>> EXACTLY.

>> Stephen: THEY SHOULD...

THEY SHOULD FLIP THAT.

THAT'S A TERRIBLE BUSINESS PLAN.

THEY SHOULD BE MORE LIKE

HALLIBURTON, WHICH GETS LOTS OF

TAXPAYER MONEY AND IS CONTROLLED

BY NO ONE.

THINK ABOUT IT.

WILL YOU TELL THOSE PEOPLE?

>> BUT THEN IT WOULDN'T BE...

BUT THEN IT WON'T BE THE POSTAL

SERVICE, WHICH AGAIN GOES

EVERYWHERE.

IT DELIVERS EVERYWHERE.

>> Stephen: OH, HALLIBURTON

WILL GO ANYWHERE AND THEY'LL

DELIVER ANYTHING YOU WANT FOR

THE RIGHT PRICE.

>> ONE THING THAT PEOPLE CAN DO

TO SAVE... IF THEY'RE INTERESTED

IN SAVING AMERICA'S POSTAL

SERVICE, I WOULD INVITE YOU TO

JOIN THAT, TOO, IT'S CALLED SAVE

AMERICA'S POSTAL SERVICE DOT

ORG.

THE POSTAL UNIONS HAVE GOTTEN

TOGETHER AND THEY'LL BE HOLDING

RALLIES IN ALL 50 STATES AND THE

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA.

YOU CAN GO ON THE THEIR WEB

SITE, SAVE AMERICA'S POSTAL

SERVICE DOT ORG.

TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 27th.

THE LOCATIONS WILL BE ANNOUNCED

TWO DAYS FROM NOW.

>> Stephen: ARE YOU SURE

THEY'RE GOING THE HAPPEN?

WHAT IF IT RAINS OR SLEETS OR

SNOWS AT NIGHT?

>> FUNNY YOU SHOULD MENTION

THAT.

I WORKED FOR THE POST OFFICE FOR

20 YEARS.

THERE WERE BLIZZARDS.

THERE WERE HURRICANES.

AND WE OPENED A DAY OR TWO

AFTERWARDS AS MOST, WHEREAS MY

INTERNET SERVICE PROVIDER

RECENTLY WAS DOWN FOR A WEEK IN

OUR AREA CODE.

I WAS CALLING INDIA EVERY WEEK,

CALLING TECH SUPPORT TRYING TO

FIND OUT WHEN I WOULD BE HOOKED

UP.

THE POST OFFICE KEPT DELIVERING

THE MAIL.

[CHEERING AND APPLAUSE]

>> Stephen: THEY WILL BE

MISSED.

PHIL RUBE, YOU THANK YOU SO MUCH

FOR JOINING ME.

"THERE'S ALWAYS WORK AT THE POST

OFFICE."

WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.

[CHEERING AND APPLAUSE]

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