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Posted on 08/02/2012 1:35:12 PM PDT by TigerClaws
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“BTW, next time they’re going to toss your mail to your neighbors dog. Same result, but you won’t know it for a while. “
Not a chance! We have our mail delivered by a guy in a jeep who weighs at least 300 lb. My dog went and got in his truck the other day and gave him a great big lick on the face! Actually, he’s the only USPS employee that seems to be a nice guy. He has a smile on his face and actually can muster up a hello if he sees you.
I guess you have your numbers and I have the one’s that i’ve seen, but the fact remains that with electronic communication, mail volume is down substantially and will go down a lot further in the not too distant future. I have read that the USPS is planning to “release” 210,000 “employees” within the next couple of years by early outs or involuntary retirements. Problem is that with the current benes, they will just go on paying for the same workers essentially the same compensation even though they are no longer coming to work (that is until the money finally runs out, which it will). Despite the Constitutional requirement for a government run PO, it will never be self-sustaining because it runs for the primary benefit of it’s workforce, not it’s customers.
FIRST, get rid of 28,000 unnecessary or redundant buildings. Phase out about 78,000 rural postmasters, and other employees ~ as those unnecessary buildings are removed.
All delivery services (except post office boxes in city delivery post offices) would be removed to rural carrier delivery service ~ with the use of kiosks or cluster boxes.
Since that time advances in automation tell us that that there are about 200,000 more employees who are not needed.
Congress prohibits all of these changes from being made.
It's not something postal management kept secret from anybody. The unions and employee associations certainly knew all about it.
What you need to do is demand your Senators and Representatives allow them to be made!
“FIRST, get rid of 28,000 unnecessary or redundant buildings. Phase out about 78,000 rural postmasters, and other employees ~ as those unnecessary buildings are removed.”
I like what you are proposing. But as you say, the Congress uses the USPS as a means of currying favor with “rural customers” and the jobs that the USPS “provides” for “constituents.” And just think, the GSA could have some more “parties” at taxpayer expense” to “celebrate selling off” the unneeded real estate! The USPS could probably be salvaged it it were made a truly private institution. Even some of the European countries have truly privatized their postal services to great advantage.
I remember back when Reagan and the Republicans “deregulated” the airline industry. The RATS were weeping and wailing that “rural America” “deserved” first class air service even if it had to be subsidized by the airlines through higher ticket prices on routes where they were able to make money. For them “it wasn’t fair” to make Ma and Pa Kettle fly on a smaller plane from their little airport in Swollen Groin. Even now, thanks to Dingy Harry, Ely, Nevada has “scheduled air service” to Las Vegas, where the planes often fly empty and the taxpayer picks up the cost. But hey, It’s the American Way now isn’t it!
The guys who wrote the postal reorganization act were wise to the ways of the gub'mnt!