What's to become of the United States Postal Service? | Letter to the Editor
February 25, 2013 · Updated 5:22 PM
The political “destruction” of an institution, mandated to exist by the US Constitution, is coming to a location near you. Why is this happening? What are some real consequences of the loss of the United States Postal Service (USPS)?
In the 1970s, because of the rising political power of private “for profit” corporations such as Fed-EX, the USPS became “partially” divorced from the US government. The USPS was ordered by congress to implement a “non-profit” business plan which would modernize itself and at the same time become totally free of “ALL” taxpayer support needed to accomplish this modernization, and the operation of the USPS itself. There was a catch to this legislation; Congress gave itself full over site and bureaucratic control over the daily decisions and fate of the USPS. Through hard work and diligent enlightened leadership, the USPS was able to weather this storm, and became the most efficient, fiscally sound, unionized and efficient shipper of mail and other goods in the United States. All the profits of the USPS were targeted to maintain a high quality of service and the surplus was sent to the common coffers of the people of the United States of America.
In 2006, and in the final minutes of the Republican control of the US Congress, a law was passed and quickly signed into law by the sitting Republican president. This law, disguised as USPS improvement, was actually designed to destroy the USPS. The law, and Draconian poison pills within, required that the USPS fund 70 years of USPS worker health and retirement benefits, in just 10 years. No other public entity, private business or corporation in recorded human history has been hobbled by a fiscal decree like this. As a result, the USPS appears to be losing massive amounts of money. The uninformed US voter is led to believe, by trusted media outlets, that the likes of “financially flush” Fed-Ex and UPS should be allowed to take overall mail delivery.
Perhaps some of our state Republican and Democratic political delegations to the US Congress will find the courage to join us and get “VERY” vocal in support of “removing” this Draconian 2006 anti USPS legislation.
Clifford M. Kincaid, Bremerton