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Postal Service Could Cut Saturday Delivery in Two to Three Years, No Guarantees (Like Priority Mail)…

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…but new legislation allowing such a possibility sweetens that deal with $900 million for "excess postal facilities" and gives "the Postal Service nearly $11 billion to offer buyouts and early retirement incentives to hundreds of thousands of postal workers and to pay off its debts."

Mail volume is down, says the Post Office, from 203 billion delivered annually a decade ago to just 168 billion last year. The Senate bill passed easily but raised the ire of Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), who's got a competing bill that may or may not see the light of day.

From the Wash Post:

"While the Postal Service is actually trying to shutter some facilities it does not need, the bill forces the Postal Service to keep over one hundred excess postal facilities open at a cost of $900 million a year," Issa said.

Issa's bill, which has yet to be scheduled for a vote in the House, allows USPS to end Saturday mail deliveries, streamline postage rates and require postal workers to pay the same health insurance premiums as federal employees. It also establishes a financial control board to overhaul postal finances and a separate commission inspired to recommend which postal facilities should close.

More here.

Reason on the Postal Service (including a preview of the vote noted above).

Larfs about the impending end of the Postal Service's hold on American tax subsidies, circa 1998:

As the fourth-class box office of mailman-oriented cinematic bombs like Greg Kinnear's Dear God and Kevin Costner's The Postman suggest, perhaps the only person in America fully satisfied with the Postal Service was Theodore Kaczynski, who no doubt disdained FedEx's and UPS' easy-to-use computer-tracking software and who seemed to be in no particular rush to see his packages delivered to the correct address.

Take it away, Newman:

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  1. 1tieth!

    It’s obviously turtles all the way down.

  2. Issa[apostrophe]s bill [ellipsis] allows USPS to [ellipsis] streamline postage rates

    What does that even mean?

    1. It promotes a new logistical paradigm that would give them the leverage to synergize their backward overflow, possibly even getting them to expand into new tech-driven markets.

      1. Maestro! Alack for Postmaster General!

  3. Isn’t it common strategy to give someone’s full name and a few word description regarding their relevance (mother of two school students, Republican Representative, etc) to the story before switching to just their last name?

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    2. The Senate bill passed easily but raised the ire of Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.)

      Gasp! 1984 was a warning, not a manual!

  4. Isn’t it time to cut the government tie to mail delivery altogether?

    Really, just make the USPS an entirely private company and eliminate its monopoly of letter delivery.

    Hell, it could be done with a single paged law.

    Problem solved.

  5. Isn’t Saturday delivery one of the few competitive advantages the post office has?

    1. No.

    2. Only in the winter. Those glossy Bed Bath and Beyond ads are great for getting a fire started quick.

  6. If you look deep into the Constitution, you can see the part that allows the government to monopolize this sort of shit. USPS is God.

    1. But is it required?

  7. better idea: Saturday-only delivery.

    1. Excellent. I’ll bet you could get a cash award for suggesting that.

    2. The sanitation dept only hauls off the trash the USPS puts in my mailbox once a week. Why do we need everyday delivery? If not Saturday only, how about 1 day a week like a trash route?

  8. I’m sure the Progressives will come up with a great solution to this problem, like taxing emails or maybe outlawing them. Or maybe they’ll demand a law requiring that every American citizen send at least two letters a week–Commerce Clause bitchez!

  9. Perhaps the USPS would be in better shape if they stopped subsidizing the junk mail industry and made those assholes pay full price for a stamp like everybody else.

    1. Bulk mailers don’t “pay full price for a stamp like everybody else” because to qualify for the bulk rate, you have to prepare the mailing in a way that reduces the USPS’s cost of processing it.

  10. Three days a week would be plenty for regular mail delivery. Honestly, when was the last time you got something in the mail that could not have waited one more day?

    Carriers could do one route on MWF, and another on TThS. This would cut the number of postal carriers needed in half and save a huge chunk of money.

    1. Mail box owners who want daily delivery should pay a fee for that service.

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