Wednesday, February 6, 2013

It's in the mail: U.S. Postal Service to cut Saturday mail to trim costs

Postal Service to cut Saturday mail to trim costs

I'm always amused(but mostly annoyed) with liberal Democrats I encounter who insist that the U.S. federal government is our friend and will absolutely take care of all Americans if we just give the federal government a chance. Here's the thing: the federal government of the United States is a bloated, corrupt and disorganized mess. Federal government run agencies are rarely(if ever) run efficiently which begs the question: how can our government help anybody if it cannot even keep its own financial house in order?

A great illustration of that is the United States Postal Service, an agency wholly owned and managed(a word I use loosely here) by our federal government. The USPS has been losing money for a long time. In 2012 the USPS lost $25 million a day and the postmaster general came up with every excuse in the book to try and rationalize the ongoing disaster that is the USPS finances. Been in a U.S. post office branch lately? If you live in a large metropiltan city like myself I'm sure you've encountered long lines, postal service employees who amble about behind the counter aimlessly instead of stepping up to the service counter and offering to help customers waiting in line. If you complain to a postal service employee or branch manager their reply typically sounds like something read off a laminated index card.

Saturday mail delivery may save this agency money but I'm betting the postmaster general will be back in front of congress within two to three years with his hand out, asking for money to bail out an agency with too many overpaid and lackadaisical employees who are not held accountable for their on the job performance. 

Here's a good article detailing how and why the United States Postal Service is so inept and fraught with financial waste: WHY THE USPS IS SO INEFFICIENT