As I and others have been saying for some time with regard to the US Postal Service, what cannot continue, cannot continue:
“We must act quickly to prevent a Postal Service collapse,” said Senator Joseph Lieberman, independent of Connecticut, who is chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, which held the Tuesday hearing on the Postal Service’s financial crisis.
Postmaster General Patrick R. Donahoe testified that even with a three-month reprieve on the $5.5 billion payment, the post office was likely to run out of cash and face a shutdown next July or August unless Congress passed legislation that provided a long-term solution for the ailing agency.
Really. It’s that bad–and going to get worse. 80% of the cost of operating the USPS is employee (and retiree) wages and benefits. Eighty percent. And current union contracts prevent the USPS from laying off workers. Period.
If the Senate and House do what they ought to, the USPS will be a remarkably different entity in just a couple of years–dare we say more efficient and streamlined for the 21st century? Of course, this (changes in USPS to bring it back from the dead) is exactly the type of progress that progressives have trouble getting behind. Why? Well, because it hurts people.
Imagine this. Your boat is taking on water. You have hundreds of thousands of people on the boat. However, it is not legal for anybody to get booted off. No, you must all sink together.
Now, that’s hurtful.