Hawaii County Subsidizes US Postal Service

July 30, 2009

Everyone’s heard how strapped the USPS is and like the State of Hawaii in the choke hold of the unions, they can’t manage laying people off or furloughing them by way of reduced mail delivery days. 

Cute if the Union's hold on the State were not so tragic

Cute if the Union's hold on the State & County were not so tragic

The Federal Govt is right now pushing to relieve them of  the current requirement to prepay into a employee retirement fund. It may seem like an easy way to take the strain off, but what it really does is take US (as in US taxpayers) one step closer to having to fund those retirement benefits when the Postal Service in unable to down the line.

But back to my original ire prompting this blog post. I received a certified letter from the County of Hawaii yesterday. Certified requires someone to go to the post office, wait in line, sign up and pay for the Certified Mail service, and pay more if they expect a receipt back. I’m not sure how much the County paid for the service, but the postage alone was $5.54!

We recently went through a property tax appeal and won. The Certified Letter was from the Real Property Tax Division so I figure we did something wrong and they’re going to renig. But no, the very fist line of the letter says:

“SINCE YOUR CASE HAS BEEN SETTLED, YOU DO NOT NEED TO APPEAR BEFORE THE TAX BOARD OF REVIEW”.

Then why send the bloody letter!&*%$@! The first letter we received from the very same office a month ago telling us the appeal was successful should have been enough.

I don’t know how many others this has happened to but at a minimum of $5.54 per required notification, not to mention the man hours, whoops I mean person hours, wasted in doing it I can only guess it’s the County’s way of subsidizing the US Postal Service. . . . . o:)

Aloha, “Mikie”
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Trimming That Deficit

July 29, 2009

In todays’ Wall Street Journal –  earth shaking new ways to save money brought to you by the Federal Government.

  • The Dept of Justice will do it’s part after discovering there are 2 sides to paper by doing double-sided copying and printing!
  • The Forest Service will no longer repaint it’s new white vehicles green immediately upon purchase.
  • The Army will start packing more soldiers onto R&R flights.
  • The Navy will delete unused email accounts.
  • A division of the Treasury identified unused phone lines costing $320,000 which can be canceled.

All this only 3 months after Cabinet Secretaries were ordered by Obama to trim the federal deficit by $100M. They are to be congratulated for actually coming up with $102M, but that only scratches the surface of the projected $2 TRILLION deficit. In fact it represents a mere .006% of the total.

Low level employes of the Federal Reserve?

The Federal Reserve's counterparts in Japan

My guess is if more of the Feds didn’t have such easy access to OPM (other people’s money), these are things that would have never happened in the first place. The only way to really curtail spending and the blatant largess by the government is to slow down the flow of our money to the Federal Government.

Aloha, “Mikie”
email:  Mike@MikeSells.com

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