Delivering Liquor Won’t Save Postal Service

Just when you thought Congress couldn’t get any stupider comes a proposal that would let the USPS deliver liquor through the mails, something now prohibited by law.

And this measure was cooked up by Sen. Thomas Carper (R-DE), Chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. Carper’s actually been one of the more responsible members of Congress on postal issues.

This desperate, though bipartisan, proposal is likely to run into fierce resistance from the liquor industry and probably couldn’t make it to first base in a Senate committee, despite co-sponsorship by Rep. James Inhofe (R OK).

But at least this bill is not as patently absurd as Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe’s 2011 harebrained scheme to have local post offices sell beer and wine over the counter just like in a deli.

That idea, of course, went nowhere.

On a more serious note, Carper’s bill would institute curbside delivery for certain classes of mail instead of to the doors of homes and businesses. On top of that, the measure would phase out Saturday mail delivery.

Shame on you Senator Carper for being so spineless. Your bill is giving into the USPS-destroying ideas put forth by Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), chairman of the House  Oversight and Government Reform
Committee, according to

If Carper’s bill goes forward, it would certainly undermine any confidence people have in the postal service. What’s more, it would end the USPS’s tradition of providing universal service to every address  in the nation.

Carper, you don’t have to do this. Rep. Issa’s troglodytic ideas went nowhere in 2012, Putting them into bill form now gives them ill-deserved legitimacy.

This bill, the Postal Reform Act of 2013, would also rework the USPS  ‘s pension and employee and retiree healthcare obligations. This would presumably give the postal service needed cash to stay in business.

Come on Congress members. Just admit you made a mistake in 2006 when you began requiring the USPS to prepay at least $5.8 a year to cover future retiree healthcare costs.

That is if they really want to preserve the postal service as we know it.

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1 Response to Delivering Liquor Won’t Save Postal Service

  1. Lynn N says:

    After reading the above, I feel like I need a drink….
    Seriously, all these “band-aid” fixes being proposed don’t get to the heart of the matter, which is the unreasonable obligation to pre-pay expenses that no other employer has. Enough already.


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