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We’ve Only Just Begun to Pay

posted at 1:41 pm on March 24, 2010 by

I see that the U.S. Postal Disservice plans to eliminate Saturday delivery; it seems they’re in the hole by $3.8 billion this year, headed for $7 billion next, and this is the only way to begin to close that gap:

The Postal Service took the first formal step Wednesday toward cutting mail delivery to five days a week.

The postal governing board agreed to ask the independent Postal Regulatory Commission for an opinion on dropping Saturday delivery. That request goes to the commission next week….

The Postal Service says the delivery change would save more than $3 billion annually. It is a major part of a decade-long plan to eliminate losses and restore the agency to stability in the face of shrinking business….

The post office lost $3.8 billion last year and is facing projected losses of as much as $7 billion this year. Other proposals for cutting losses include changes in the financing of retiree health care and closing some mail handling centers and post offices.

That is, the federal government claims to be so strapped that it can’t come up with $7 billion more per year to ensure Saturday delivery; but it can scrounge two trillion over ten years to seize control of American medical care.

Here’s another way of looking at this signal event: Barack H. Obama wants to end Satuday mail delivery in order to (partially) pay for ObamaCare — including the Cornhusker Kickback, the Louisiana Purchase, the Gator Aid, and the Stupak Stipend.

Good to know our national priorities.

Cross-posted on Big Lizards

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I’m going to miss my local post office. The main post office is 25 miles away, one way, and doesn’t have any parking. I can’t get mail delivered because the drunken snow plow operator keeps knocking it down. I don’t get enough mail to make it worth while to go get it.

Skandia Recluse on March 24, 2010 at 2:43 PM

I hope I do not need emergency medical care on a Saturday. I might have to wait until 9am Monday morning for a blood transfusion.

percysunshine on March 24, 2010 at 3:57 PM

It is a major part of a decade-long plan to eliminate losses and restore the agency to stability in the face of shrinking business

Wow, sounds like the GM business model. Wonder if my creditors will give me ten years of continually going deeper in the hole before I’m allowed to make any hard personal choices?

Robert17 on March 24, 2010 at 4:36 PM

Robert17 — in all fairness to the USPS they have a boss, the Postal Commission, which won’t allow them to make changes like closing stations or adjusting delivery frequency. Yet they have a mandate to not be supported by tax dollars. Plus, they are in the buggy whip business. No improvements in efficiency can overcome the steady move to internet/mobile phone handling of most transactions.

But it is ridiculous that the average pay with bennies is at $83k per year. For this you get surly clerks and deliverers that will not get out of their vehicles, or won’t deliver if they have to use reverse to access your mailbox.

So with all this said, you can count on DC to bail them out too. Because it is the wrong thing to do — their specialty.

GnuBreed on March 25, 2010 at 7:52 AM