Monday, April 23, 2012


A New Ad Campaign Won't Save the U.S. Postal Service
Yeah - I've seen the ad campaign. ... and I've read the news.
US Postal Service processing network too big: GAO report
A bit o' background:
The United States Postal Service (also known as USPS, the Post Office or U.S. Mail) is an independent agency of the United States government responsible for providing postal service in the United States. It is one of the few government agencies explicitly authorized by the United States Constitution. The USPS traces its roots to 1775 during the Second Continental Congress, where Benjamin Franklin was appointed the first postmaster general. The cabinet-level Post Office Department was created in 1792 from Franklin's operation and transformed into its current form in 1971 under the Postal Reorganization Act.[United States Postal Service]
This re-organization was undertaken under that OTHER GOP President, Richard Nixon... in the interests of, you know, efficiency.

Before this re-organization, the United States Postal Service was the United States Post Office, a purely governmental organization. The re-org didn't change the basic function: deliver mail in a timely manner to every man, woman, and child in the U.S.

Today? USPS is expected to compete with FedEx and email.

Postal service is a BASIC government function. (Did you notice that reference to Ben Franklin in the Wikipedia summary?) For the price of a stamp I can pay my bills!... and so can anyone else in the U.S.!

Believe it or not, not everyone has a computer, access to on-line checking, access to email.

Every once in a while I go to my local convenience store, Circle K. Believe it or not, the folks in line in front of me are frequently buying money orders to pay their bills! ... intending to mail those money orders to their creditors, to pay their utilities, to pay their rent!

Government is not supposed to be EFFICIENT - it's supposed to be EQUITABLE, giving every citizen (that "We the people" bit) access to fundamental services. Postal service is a basic service.

Yeah - USPS loses money. So what? FUND IT!!! It's a basic service. (... who knows, maybe turn it into the "Post Office" again!)


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