We’ve Only Just Begun to Pay
posted at 1:41 pm on March 24, 2010 by Dafydd ab Hugh
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…