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The United States Post Office is considering cutting mail service down to just 3 days per week in an attempt to dig themselves out of their enormous financial red-hole.
Falling mail volume and soaring red ink may soon doom Saturday mail delivery and prompt three-day-a-week delivery within 15 years, Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe warns.
Donahoe’s forecast is based on a projected $8.3 billion loss this year as the drift from paper to electronic communication hammers the Postal Service. “On Sept. 30,” he told the USA TODAY editorial board Tuesday, “I won’t be able to pay my bills.”
Chief among them: a $5.5 billion payment due Sept. 30 to cover future retirees’ health benefits.
I see no reason this should take 15 years to implement. Within 15 years, there should be zero reason to even have a public postal service. Hell, we’re just about at that point now.
Seriously, why do we even need a public postal service now? Other than being an artificial pathway to a middle-class existence for black Americans (the USPS has become one of the top employers of Black people in the United States [as all Federal and state government agencies have become]).
Most my correspondence with friends, family, businesses, and others is done almost entirely online. In fact, if I can’t contact you online, I probably don’t/won’t communicate with you via the snail-mail at all. If I need or want to chat with my mom, I’ll just jump on Google+ and invite her to a hangout where we can chat, in real time, face-to-face.
I think that UPS, DHL, FedEX, and other delivery services could more than take up the slack for the delivery of goods in a society that has otherwise gone paperless. When I order stuff via Amazon Prime (which is where 80% of the stuff I buy comes from), I don’t care if it’s the USPS or UPS that delivers my goods to my door. As long as it gets there on time and without damage.
The private sector is much better positioned to do this without wasting our tax payer dollars to do it than the public sector can do.
Death — rather than poor performance, misconduct or layoffs — is the primary threat to job security at the Environmental Protection Agency, the Small Business Administration, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Office of Management and Budget and a dozen other federal operations.
The federal government fired 0.55% of its workers in the budget year that ended Sept. 30 — 11,668 employees in its 2.1 million workforce. Research shows that the private sector fires about 3% of workers annually for poor performance, says John Palguta, former research chief at the federal Merit Systems Protection Board, which handles federal firing disputes.
I wonder what the rate is at the Post Office?