Just how many times must we read announcements from the Postmaster General of the United States Post Office relative to its long history of losing massive amounts of money? In the USA Today link below we learn that Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe projects a loss of $8.3 billion, and the fact that it is unable to meet the $5.5 billion dollar payment for future retirees’ health benefits.
Stories of this nature hit our newspapers and other media outlets year after year and our spineless politicians just pass additional appropriations to fill the gap temporarily without addressing the real issues. The existing business model is outmoded and is dysfunctional, and it is far past the time for our elected officials to take the necessary action to prevent further debt obligations for a business supported by our government that just simply does not make financial sense.
Part of this problem is directly related to our government’s cozy relationship with the American union movement and their unjustified pay packages. Our government officials fear for their re-election and pass the buck.
Now the Postmaster has announced plans to suggest the closing of 3,700 post offices. That action should have been taken years ago, but it is now far too late to save a business model that is outdated.
Again your Commander strongly urges our Congressional leadership to step forward and privatize the U.S. Postal Service. Let some professional business people assume the responsibility of providing postal service to our country. We are way past the time to take this unsustainable financial burden off the backs of the over-taxed American citizens. Or do our elected officials fear they will have to pay for their own “official” mail?
This is simply a case of stopping the financial hemorrhaging for a business we simply cannot afford to underwrite. Whether we like the end product is not the question, but it is the reality of the size of our pocketbook.