What’s the Postmaster General’s Road Game?

Why does the U.S. Postal Service want so much to ensure its own destruction, especially when it doesn’t have to legally?

In their latest unreasonable (and unreasoning) proposal House Republicans intent on destroying the USPS have offered a plan to use money the federal government would save from cutting out Saturday mail delivery to help repair the nation’s roads under the U.S. Highway Trust Fund, which is going to run out of money on July 1.

Excuse me, but don’t these bozos know that the postal service doesn’t receive any tax money and hasn’t for many, many years?

Never mind that.  Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe actually supports this idea, according to the Washington Post http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/federal-eye/wp/2014/06/09/usps-supports-five-day-delivery-swap-with-highway-fund-boost/.

Maybe the PMG thinks this plan is a backdoor way to achieve his personal goal of five-day delivery, something Congress denied him earlier this year.

Has Donahoe thought this idea through?

First of all, returning the USPS to a taxpayer-funded entity would likely require a major and massive change in federal law. It would also open a Pandora’s Box of unforeseen consequences the likes of which one can’t even begin to predict.

How likely is that to happen in our hopelessly dysfunctional Congress?

Could also be there’s something more evil afoot here. Donahoe may be looking ahead for himself and thinks that catering to rich and well-connected extremists may be the ticket to his next job. Just look at his predecessor Jack Potter, a fellow USPS lifer, who became chairman of the ultra right wing U.S. Chamber of Commerce in 2010

If he’s not just miffed at being denied his five-day-a-week delivery, how else might one explain Donahoe’s embrace of such an absurd dead-on-arrival idea?

Then there’s the question about preserving the nation’s highways and infrastructure which everybody knows is crumbling and getting worse every day. Are these postal privatization types also in favor of privatizing all the roads too on the premise that government can’t do anything?

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One Response to What’s the Postmaster General’s Road Game?

  1. Lynn N. says:

    Maybe the PostMaster General just wants to avoid, in the future, all the ups and downs of this Congressional circus. Not sure this is the way to go about it, though.


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