The Postal Service is not a business

Mail delivery is a Constitutional function of government (Article I, Section 8) and Pew Research Center found it was the most highly-regarded of 13 federal government agencies mentioned in a poll.  Yet the Obama administration and Republicans and Democrats in Congress seem determined to dismantle it.

Postal CarrierCongress imposed requirements, such as funding pensions 75 years in advance, that make it difficult for the Postal Service to compete.  But the deeper question is whether the Postal Service should “compete” at all.

There is no need for a government agency to provide services that private companies such as United Parcel Service and Federal Express provide perfectly well.  The reason the Postal Service is needed is to provide mail service for isolated rural communities and poor communities that the private companies don’t serve, and to provide backup in case the private companies falter.


If Congress doesn’t act in the next month, it could be the end of the Postal Service as we know it by Kira Lerner for Think Progress.

Why Congress Should Not Get Out of the Way of the Postal Service by Mark Jamison, retired postmaster, for Angry Bear.

The most popular areas of government are shedding the most workers by Drew DeSilver for Pew Research Center.

It’s the people’s mail that will be slowed, workers say by Alexandra Bradbury and Diane Krauthamer for Labor Notes.


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2 Responses to “The Postal Service is not a business”

  1. prayerwarriorpsychicnot Says:

    Reblogged this on Citizens, not serfs and commented:
    What did Thatcher promise privatisation would bring? More choice for customers, more competitive service, lower prices – and what did we get. The EU ordered postal services opened up to competition. British parliament waved it through. Media ignored the matter. Royal Mail started making losses. Now it is privatised. Service is poorer, prices are higher, and the taxpayer now carries the pension liability. Cui bono?


  2. Deb Meeker Says:

    I’m wondering exactly how Congress gets away with the idea of ending the US Post office as we know it?
    “It is one of the few government agencies explicitly authorized by the United States Constitution. The USPS traces its roots to 1775 during the Second Continental Congress, where Benjamin Franklin was appointed the first postmaster general.” from Wikipedia

    It’s the same political faction that makes gun regulation a screaming match about Constitutional purity, that turn their eyes and power toward undermining and destroying this Constitutionally protected national institution.


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