Friday, September 16, 2011

From Our "Trying To Have It Both Ways" Files...


In all seriousness, the problem is actually a curable one, believe it or not, and despite my harping to shrink the size of the federal government, there is a place in America for the post office. However...

If they are going to insist on being 'privatized', as so many people are eager to point out, then they can't be paying their employees like regular government employees, complete with the plum public-sector union contracts, full pensions, and 'Cadillac' health care plans.  And that's the real issue.  They need to make up their mind - be like a private company and act like one, or be a completely tax-supported entity.  Right now, they are just another corporatist entity like General Motors and Chrysler.  

The USPS has a proud tradition, but they will be relegated to the ash-heap unless they make a decision.  A bailout and a maintenance of the status quo will just grease the skids toward complete insolvency.  Others like UPS, FedEx, and DHL will gladly pick up the slack.

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