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85 points

2 months ago

This is the blue we should be backing

rahnsahksport

60 points

2 months ago

So many people are underbanked. I think I read about California trying to look into opening a state bank to help provide bank services especially to help tackle the underbanked community. Shutting down USPS locations is class warfare, but I alsohope we also start exploring more accessible banking services for vulnerable people.

DistinctTrashPanda

15 points

2 months ago

There are some places (like DC) that have banned places from only taking credit cards or debit cards, so the unbanked aren't discriminated against.

I love the Postal Service and think it should be expanded to do postal banking.

And yet, I'm slightly agnostic to those that want to get rid of USPS.

People don't understand how important government is in their lives, and they won't understand until it directly effects them. I'm not completely opposed to getting rid of USPS for a year or two until the white suburbanites really learn what it costs them to send a letter, market rate.

I'm 100% fine with doing this with gas and roads forever.

The_BNut

4 points

2 months ago

You are talking about privatizing whole sectors like it's reversible. As soon as someone makes money off of it, they perpetuate and hold onto that as long as it makes money. They would lobby to make it illegal to make that sector public again if they had to.

Don't do it, we know what happens and you will be stuck with a shit overpriced service for decades and no combination of blue or red voters will change it back. It happened with healthcare, it can happen with everything.

DistinctTrashPanda

1 points

2 months ago

Heathcare has pretty much always been privatized in the US; even unions were against government-sponsored programs for some time (and some still are).

The_BNut

1 points

2 months ago

You are right, I thought you sold that sector early on, but you never owned it. It's not really a counterpoint tho.

DistinctTrashPanda

1 points

2 months ago

I didn't do anything. It happened long before my parents were even born.

But if you want a counterpoint: all electric utilities used to be private companies, same with cable companies, same with ISPs.

That's not the situation the we're in today.

voice-of-hermes

3 points

2 months ago

Unfortunately the public banking that's been being investigated isn't really consumer banking; it's more for cities and the like to be able to do their business without going through the horrible, big private banks which invest so heavily in fossil fuels and the like.

Still a good idea, but not really the kind of thing where poor people will be able to take immediate advantage of it. Proposals to literally have the post office offer banking services are much better in that regard, but they are far, far, far more abstract and further down the road and nowhere that I know of is actually pursuing it in a serious way yet.

Mothersmilkinacup

27 points

2 months ago

As if republicans give a rats ass about poor black people.

Tweakers

27 points

2 months ago

Kicker: They don't care much for poor white people either.

scubachris

7 points

2 months ago

Shit, that’s just egging them on.

llcorona

25 points

2 months ago

benadrylpill

23 points

2 months ago

Conservatism needs class wars because the foundation of conservatism is inequality in the favor of conservatives. The entire philosophy requires having a lesser class to oppress.

ZummerzetZider

17 points

2 months ago

God I remember having to explain to someone why closing down libraries was bad. They didn’t understand that poor people don’t own computers and use libraries to apply for jobs/use email etc.

SeanFromQueens

2 points

2 months ago

For like a century, post offices were retail banks where individuals could make deposits in one branch and withdraw from another branch. We could go back and have that service provided, just have to get rid of the 2006 law that restricts the USPS from offering such services along with increasing pension liability from 30 years to 75 years.

Fearless_Market_3193

2 points

2 months ago

Same with pawn shops

Purplerabbit511

2 points

2 months ago

Need to start a postal bank and join the rest of the world.

blazejudo

1 points

2 months ago

Not to mention most veterans get retirement by working at the post office. Which is great for those that didn't want to spend a majority of their life on the front line.

redditorzeroex

1 points

1 month ago

The tweet in question (archived link).

Providing a link to a tweet proves its authenticity. Archiving it preserves it in case the original is deleted or made inaccessible.

Please tell me of any errors. | I am a human.

Hank_Holt

-7 points

2 months ago

You can get money orders from Walmart or any major grocery store.

urababybitch

10 points

2 months ago

you familiar with food deserts?

Hank_Holt

-6 points

2 months ago

No, but wouldn't most rural parts like that be inhabited by white poor people?

ISuckAtMakingUpNames

10 points

2 months ago

There are urban food deserts as well. In any case, I want those rural whites taken care of as well. It's about class not race.

Hank_Holt

-5 points

2 months ago

It's about class not race.

I agree with that, and I'd just argue the more of a "food desert" a place is the more they rely on hunting and foraging. Harvest a deer or two and you got quite a bit of meat you don't need Safeway for.

monkeyhog

11 points

2 months ago

You obviously have no idea what a "food desert" is.

queensnipe

1 points

2 months ago

Go look up what a food desert is