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Congress Keeps its Hand Around the Neck of USPS

Pat1859 Wrote: May 07, 2012 3:40 PM
Hard to believe, but there are some places in the U.S. that still only get mail twice a week. Many years ago there were many families living in this particular rural (really rural) ranch country, but over time most have moved out. The mail never came more than 2x a week, but at least they could buy stamps and other services in the t the olcal office, but a while back they closed that post office and now the remaining ranchers have to take their mail bags out to the road and hang it on the post to mail anything, then later retrieve it for the current days mail. A couple of years ago there was so much snow that the mail cound't get through for ove a week. The closest 'town', population 200-400, is 45 miles away on dirt roads.

The postal reform bill passed in the Senate last week is further evidence that politicians shouldn’t be entrusted with running a hotdog stand, let alone the nation’s mail. The U.S. Postal Service is supposed to operate like a business, but congressional micromanagement makes that impossible. Nevertheless, 62 senators voted for an eye-glazing 191-page bill that would keep Congress’s hand placed firmly around the USPS’s neck.

Here’s a summary from the Washington Post:

The bipartisan measure passed 62 to 37 and would give the Postal Service nearly $11 billion to offer buyouts and early retirement incentives to hundreds of thousands...