You might have read last week that the United States Postal Service could be in for a major overhaul by 2022. U.S. Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) said the move could make for a “21st-century postal service.” That’s fine, but shouldn’t the USPS become a 20th-century organization beforehand?
The headlines: Door-to-door service for homes and businesses, as well as all Saturday deliveries (except for medicines) would be eliminated. Curbside and cluster-box deliveries, such as those most Current readers already have, would become the norm. The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee (yes, we are laughing about that panel’s title; laugh with us) said the makeover would save $6.5 billion annually; that’s $4.5 billion for door-to-door and $2 billion for Saturday delivery. Actually, it’s a decent move if it means taxpayers won’t be on the hook for a massive bailout, but, as we all know, that remains to be seen.
It makes good business sense to downsize, or “right-size,” the operation. After all, it’s a Titanic-like disaster now, and we all know it took only one captain to plink the iceberg and send that grand dame down. The wailing and gnashing of teeth you’re hearing, though, predictably is from the National Association of Letter Carriers (read: union), which claims such a reorganization would be tremendously harmful to small businesses, the elderly and folks living in regions with extreme weather. That’s a bunch of bunk. We’ll adapt, because there’ll be no other choice. Look, we’ve adapted to the decay of the postal service thus far, so shifting to following a streamlined version that doesn’t soak us for the tab shouldn’t be much of a problem. As much as we hate to admit it, the whole thing just makes too much sense.