Skip to comments.Overhauling the Post Office for the 21st Century
Posted on 11/24/2011 7:37:36 PM PST by danjoyalEdited on 11/24/2011 7:38:45 PM PST by Admin Moderator. [history]
The United States Postal Service spent its 200th year fending off default and pleading with Congress to give it the authority to compete in the booming world of e-commerce. Designed as a quasi-private business run without public financing, the Postal Service, nevertheless, is firmly under the thumb of the Capitol, where compromise is urgently needed if the service is to profitably reform.
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Abolish the USPS.
Oh, I’m sorry, and when has the EPA or DOE turned a profit? At least the USPS Performs a useable service!
The Post Office, unlike the EPA, DOE, (do I need to continue?) is explicitly mentioned in the Constitution, and unlike those other departments which dispense favors to you and yours, if not directly then through your beloved private enterprise, actually brings in revenue! Duh!
Last I searched, the EPA had a budget of 70 billion, And the USPS is down 5???? Can you say whipping boy!
You are so right my FRiend. At least they bring in money and do not punish business!
————actually brings in revenue! Duh!
just not enough revenue......far far far far from enough....
the agency is so low on cash that it will not be able to make a $5.5 billion payment due this month and may have to shut down entirely this winter unless Congress takes emergency action to stabilize its finances.
Our situation is extremely serious, the postmaster general, Patrick R. Donahoe, said in an interview. If Congress doesnt act, we will default.
In recent weeks, Mr. Donahoe has been pushing a series of painful cost-cutting measures to erase the agencys deficit, which will reach $9.2 billion this fiscal year.
I’m sorry, 5 billion??? Peanuts..... did you not see the budget for the stupid EPA and Dept of Energy or Education????
I know it, Sgt, sir, but they do bring in revenue. Does the Department of Energy do? Education? Housing and Urban Development (WHAT?!) The Feds subsidize those 100%, let’s subsidize USPS __%. It’s Constitutional, and believe me, they do provide superior service.
Actually, the USPS is one of the few Federal departments that has a specific Constitutional mandate.
Amend the Constitution to abolish the USPS.
And then we can use email and FedEx.
If there is one government agency that works it is the postal service. If they don’t make money, it does not bother me. At least we get a direct service for it.
If you use Fedex, it will cost three times what the Post Office costs to send a package. Email? Can you say cyber attack? Did you know USPS handles a lot of Fedex packages?
I was shocked, shocked traveling in Europe and seeing that all major cities had a post office that was open 24 hours a day, every day!
What is sent via USPS that cannot be done on the Internet or FedEx?
Start by eliminating the USPS monopoly on letter mail, and remove all lingering ties to the federal gov’t, so USPS is completely standalone and so there can be competition. Then wire remote control cattle prods to all 535 members of Congress and zap anyone who even thinks the phrase “too big to fail”. Let the free market work and the USPS will either vanish or it will reinvent itself into something new and sustainable. As long as gummint stays the hell out of it.
Great ideer (as are all ideers on FR.) Now go implement it. We’re waiting holding our collective breath.
Thanks danjoyal. Better raise taxes immediately for the bailout.
Maybe not all Americans, they are proposing closing our lttle post office. The next nearest one is 30 miles one way, they are proposing that we may actually have to go to the nearest sorting post office for packages- that is 45 miles from us- one way. Some people already drive 30-45 miles to get their mail here to begin with, so some people will be expected to drive 75+ miles one way to get packages.
I will figure out whatever I need to do to survive- UPS, online postal services but many here are elderly without computers and depend on the post office for stamps, packages and daily mail service. It will be really hard for some of them to get by if it closes.
I understand that economically running our post office likely doesn’t pay- but I imagine whatever system they come up with to replace it will likely cost more money, since that is how things usually work out.
I personally object to cutting the military, postal expenses and any other major cuts until the illegal drain on our economy is at least recognized and begins to be dealt with. Getting a grip on the astronomical cost of illegals being in this country would save tons of money but is not politically correct.
Seems like it ought to be the other way around, with Fedex handling USPS mail for us.