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Post Office Bowing to Political Pressure, Scales Back Reform Plans

Jay413 Wrote: May 10, 2012 7:50 AM
You are correct, but it points out the folly of any public enterprise. Government undertakings of any kind are always influenced more by politics than by what really needs to be done. Thus, ineffective programs like Head Start are continued for decades despite repeated studies showing that the benefits disappear after a few years. This is one of many arguments in favor of smaller, much smaller, government, especially at the national level.
Postmaster General Patrick Donohoe has faced massive opposition from Democrats and Republicans in Congress in the last few months due to his plans to reform the USPS. Unfortunately, it looks like political pressure has won out and the postal service is scaling back some of the measures that were to put the agency on more sound financial footing.

Bending to strong public opposition, the nearly bankrupt U.S. Postal Service on Wednesday backed off a plan to close thousands of rural post offices after May 15 and proposed keeping them open, but with shorter operating hours.