Savings? Really?


07/24/2013 by syrbal-labrys

Ah, the embattled U.S. Postal Service….rain, snow, or whatever, it is in trouble. So now, Congress Critters, who’ve never had to (1) worry about their paychecks, (2) worry about layoffs, or (3) do any physical work whatsoever, think the cure is to end door to door service. To be honest, I’ve never had door delivery of my mail, ever. Our local post office which is run by a moron, doesn’t even let them bring packages to the porch unless you have a circular drive that they can stop, drop, and drive around WITHOUT ever using reverse gear. At least, that is what they told me.

I don’t think drive-by curbside service is going to save them money. Obviously Congress Critters don’t pay gasoline bills with any sort of anxiety, either. I would assume that the present Post Office method in neighborhoods is to park at a central location and walk the delivery route? But if Congress has it’s say, they will drive the route, stopping every 3 or 4 houses if not at every house. Anyone who drives regularly can tell you what stop and go…not to mention stop and go and stop and go and stop and go….will do to gas consumption. Gasoline here is $3.99 a gallon at a lot of stations, and that is for regular.

Dear Congress, who told you that you could think. You can’t even balance YOUR goddamned budget and you think you can fix the Post Office? Talk about a dead letter….


12 thoughts on “Savings? Really?

  1. Marcus says:

    As a former (USAF) weather forecaster, I was astounded by the wonderful idea floated by certain members of Congress about doing away with the NWS and going with public weather outfits…who depend on the NWS for most of their weather data. I’d love to see contractors do forecasting in a conflict zone. Between (R) control of the purse, and the general FUBAR of the modern tea publican party, I have no reservation in believing that WASF is the plan, not an accidental byproduct of their actions…

    • syrbal says:

      The stupid just keeps on burning….no wonder I am having asthmatic fits.

      • Marcus says:

        Too bad the burn from The Stupid can’t be used to do something useful, like heat homes, or fuel cars…instead of inducing headdesk and large amounts of facepalm.

      • syrbal says:

        I’ve often mentioned what a terrific power source it could be….but then, likely leaves toxic waste just like burning trash to make power? I AM surprised padded desktops are not the office accessory of the century, however!

  2. badtux99 says:

    In remote rural communities here they’ve already gone to the suggested “reform”. Houses no longer have mailboxes. Instead, there is a central apartment-style “post office box” cluster where everybody has to drive there to get their mail. There are some larger boxes for packages, but anything bigger than will fit in those larger boxes, you have to drive to the actual post office itself to pick up — which, thanks to closing of many post offices in rural areas, might be as much as 90 miles away.

    The USPS has been cashflow-positive for many years — it produces far more revenue than it expends on delivering mail. The only “crisis” they face is an artificial one where they’re forced to send that surplus cashflow to the U.S. Treasury as “pension fund contributions” for postal workers who haven’t even been born yet. It’s all about Congress looting the Post Office then pretending it’s the Post Office’s fault that it has no money. If Gomer *really* wants to keep the Post Office solvent, that’s easy — let the Post Office live by the same pension fund rules as everybody else, where they only have to fund the retirements of *current* workers, not of workers who aren’t even born yet.

    • syrbal says:

      Yes, I know about the pension fund debacle. Am I correct in my belief/understanding that this came about when they were look out of government “standing” but left with government job pension requirements?

      It is insane, and when they are done destroying it, what exactly does Congress envision in place of it….let’s make Reps carry those mail bags in their district for a day.

      • badtux99 says:

        No, that was another thing, the Postal Service is also required to pay Congress for all the post offices that were built during the 60’s and 70’s when the Post Office Department developed an edifice complex. Before then, most rural post offices were a corner of the general store and the local postmaster generally the owner of the general store. If you needed stamps or needed to ship (or pick up) a package you talked to the owner of the general store and he sold you stamps or took your package or gave you your package from wherever he had it stashed. Then they built all these beautiful brick and glass post offices in rural communities all around America and hired full-time postmasters and clerks for those beautiful new buildings. Those post offices were paid for long ago, but the USPS is still required to pay mortgage payments on them as if they were bought yesterday.

        But that’s a minor problem compared to the pension plan problem.

      • syrbal says:

        Good grief
        ! You just described the first post office I ever walked into….in a tiny town in Kansas. What a freaking rip off….course, I’ve been a few places out here on the Olympic Peninsula where the corner store kind of still IS the post office. Some of them HAVE a post office, but virtually no staff…someone runs over from their real business to do post office business.

  3. Sixbears says:

    Rural mail delivery is something I really count on. A couple private parcel delivery people have stopped coming way the heck out here. It’s either the US mail or UPS. That’s about it.

    The delivery person is a private contractor and they have to stop at every mail box. You do not want to buy a used vehicle that’s done the mail route. They get beat to snot. Now they want to do that everywhere? Those who actually work at the Post Office know how to do their jobs, if Congress would only let them.

  4. Grung_e_Gene says:

    Abide by the Constitution!!! Wait, what?!? the USPS is specifically chartered in the Document? Well, too bad Unions have ruined everything so Ka-Boom! Oh, thousands of Veterans work at the Post Office? Too Bad!

    This isn’t actually about balancing the USPS but destroying it.

    The plan will be to turn it into a Rump Post Office, which the Government has the non-profitable routes (think rural Wyoming) while Manhattan will be privatized.

    Also say goodbye to a 44cent letter from Hawaii, DHL will charge you $20 for the privilege of having it privately delivered.

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