Skip to comments.Senators Propose Changes to Help Rescue the USPS (Senators say it's not a bailout)
Posted on 11/02/2011 3:13:12 PM PDT by Colonel Kangaroo
Stressing that the United States Postal Service will run out of money to deliver mail by next summer, a bipartisan group of senators unveiled a proposal to help rescue the postal service.
We are not crying wolf here, Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, said today. The postal service literally will not survive unless comprehensive, legislative and administrative reforms are undertaken.
Along with Collins, Sens. Tom Carper, D-Del., Scott Brown, R-Mass., and Joe Lieberman, I-Conn., revealed their plan, actually a melding of two plans, today at a news conference. It calls for a fundamental restructuring of the postal service, including cost-saving changes that will affect individual and business mailers and USPS employees.
Too many people rely on the federal postal service for us to sit back and allow it to collapse, Lieberman said.
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This is money they are owed. It is not a bailout."
I think he's right. People want the USPS run like a private business. Removing a burden, placed by Congress, that private businesses do not not have to carry is not a "bailout".
The Gang of Three here are NOT eliminating to the door delivery. Their rich friends in the Hamptons will continue having postal trucks run up to the man house at the compound every day!
Why dont they just put it back as a cabinet-level position, get rid of the unions, and put a military guy in charge of it and run it like an actual service?
The reality is that it will be impossible for the USPS to turn a profit in today’s day and age. The people that rely on it most, those in rural areas, cannot be served by Fed Ex or some private company at rates they can afford. Nor can those companies serve those areas without charging high prices.
The postal service already can’t deliver things economically at the prices they are charging due to overhead. Even cutting it sharply (layoffs, closing sites, etc) doesn’t get you there.
The question that people will have to ask is whether they want a national postal system that serves everyone at a loss, or we do close up shop. In closing up shop, you put a lot of folks out of touch.
Shutting down radio, tv, and the internet will no doubt improve the post office’s bottom line.
every government union is abusive.
privatize the usps.
"Bi-Partisan" (without even looking) ALWAYS includes Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins, with an assorted wimpy Republican-in-name-only going along with them and being labeled "Moderate" by the State-Run-Media.
If the postal service can't function as a private enterprise, let OTHERS take it over "Privatize", and you'll see the efficiency skyrocket.
Senator Collins, first you must answer WHY the USPS SHOULD survive.
It is an expensive and now unnecessary historical anachronism. It is going bust because it offers a service that no one needs any longer.
Physical mail, to the extent it remains, can be handled by private carriers, as can all shipping.
That is all.
You are trying to preserve the horse-and-buggy after the automobile became mass-produced.
Let's see how the three states do and take a metric from that experiment.
That be 50% reduction in personnel and USPS sites.
But it’s the Teamsters at UPS, not the USPS unions, that have been out on strike in the past few decades.
The USPS can't survive as a public or private enterprise as long as Congress continues to require they prefund retiree benefits long into the future. No other business in the country operates under that burden. Remove it, and the prospects are much brighter for the USPS. This postal crisis is an artificial Congressionally created crisis.
They ought to lay-off half of all post-office employees, at every level, and go to every-other-day delivery ... half the customers get Monday-Wednesday-Friday delivery, the other half gets Tuesday-Thursday-Saturday.
Expenses are cut nearly in half, and the existing vehicle stock lasts twice as long.
Anyone who thinks they can’t get by without daily delivery can pay for it.
If a “rescue” saves the USPS pensions from getting a needed haircut, it’s a bad move.
I'd offer my services as Postmaster General, but I'm busy running my own business with increasing efficiency; besides, I vowed forty years ago never again to work for a government.
Name another kind of financial crisis that isn't. Can't wait till they take a crack at running healthcare if they can't even deliver a friggin letter.
The Constitution and the Post Office
In June 1788, the ninth state ratified the Constitution, which gave Congress the power To establish Post Offices and post Roads in Article I, Section 8. A year later, the Act of September 22, 1789 (1 Stat. 70), continued the Post Office and made the Postmaster General subject to the direction of the President. Four days later, President Washington appointed Samuel Osgood as the first Postmaster General under the Constitution. A population of almost four million was served by 75 Post Offices and about 2,400 miles of post roads.
The Post Office received two one-year extensions by the Acts of August 4, 1790 (1 Stat. 178), and March 3, 1791 (1 Stat. 218). The Act of February 20, 1792 (1 Stat. 232), continued the Post Office for another two years and formally admitted newspapers to the mails, gave Congress the power to establish post routes, and prohibited postal officials from opening letters. Later legislation enlarged the duties of the Post Office, strengthened and unified its organization, and provided rules for its development. The Act of May 8, 1794 (1 Stat. 354), continued the Post Office indefinitely.
The Post Office moved from Philadelphia in 1800 when Washington, D.C., became the seat of government.
One minor step they could take is to raise the rates on junk mail.
Dealing with the union and with gross inefficiencies in some of the larger POs is more important, but also more difficult.
I was asked to take a part time postion and thought it would be cool - I can say without doubt the hardest day of work in my life was not as difficult as the easiest day sorting and delivering first class mail.
Finally one of the only roles assigned to the Federal government in our constitution is postal service and their roads.
Just as an aside, I live in a rural area and use a PO Box number for my mail. My wife ordered a package from a rural town in Kentucky. When we got the tracking information, the USPS had transferred the package to Fed Ex in Kentucky, and they delivered the package to my rural Post Office in Texas. Fed Ex must be cheaper than the USPS. Is Fed Ex union?
This is NOT a bipartisan group. The letters behind the names are merely a fiction to play games with the electorate.
Ben Franklin, What a guy.
The US needs a postal system
The Founding Fathers thought it essential.
The military is not assumed to be self supporting.
Add to the military, now scores, if not hundreds of useless entities bleeding the US treasury.
Why should the postal branch be the only self supporting Constituionally mandated service?
THE POST OFFICE EXISTS TO DELIVER JUNK MAIL!
And the crap is heavily subsidized by your overpriced 1st class stamps.
No, UPS are the Republican-killing teamster thugs.
Unless you actually want to send or receive a physical object.
We all benefit from the post office, everyone. It’s specified in the Constitution. Who said the post office had to pay for itself as a government agency (and it is no matter the technicality)? No other government agency has to “pay” for itself. Take the money from the department of education to pay for the post office. At least we get something from USPS. All we get from DOE is negative returns over the decades, going from first place to last in the world.
If someone wants to live in East Overshoe, Nebraska, at the end of a long lane, that's his business. But I shouldn't have to subsidize his letter and package delivery.
let the USPO go bankrupt and then reorganize without the union.
let the USPO go bankrupt and then reorganize without the union.
Thanks for pointing that out. The mail doesn’t sprout wings and move on its own. there’s a lot of grunt work involved getting the job done under time pressures. My postal worker brother was given the task of breaking in a new female employee on her first night on the job. After a couple of hours he didn’t see her around. Turns out she quit the job. Apparently she too was under the faulty impression that postal work is easy work.
And I wasn’t implying that you personally were under the faulty impression. I was just thinking about all the critics and think-tank experts who have no idea of the USPS beyond some bad stories about sorry window clerks. :)
Not really cost effective for something like a personal letter or small package.
Or zillions of tons of worthless junk mail.