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The U.S. Postal Service Will Keep Saturday Delivery Because Congress Says So

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Last month, the U.S. Postal Service announced it would end Saturday delivery of first class mail in an effort to save $2 billion annually. The Postal Service lost about $16 billion last year, but on Thursday Congress passed legislation requiring six-day delivery, which is not what the Postal Service wanted to see. The problem is that while they will keep it, the Service is still losing money. The funding the Postal Service receives each year from the federal government is based on a six-day delivery system even though there is no actual law requiring six-day service. Hmmmm, sounds like a typical bureaucratic nightmare, doesn’t it?

Several recent polls have shown that the public largely supports ending Saturday service of first class mail except for packages and pharmaceutical drugs. The Post Office says it has to do something or it will be out of money by October. The Postal Service says it needs to cut costs and raise revenue right now.

If there is no law requiring six-day service, then why on earth can they not cut it to save money? Because some lawmakers said the plan to cut Saturday service is illegal because it needs Congress’ approval before any such decision can be made.

This is one example of why the federal government is in such dire financial straits. The Post Office says it wants to cut costs and save money, while lawmakers say they can’t. Come on ladies and gentlemen of Congress…the Postal Service loses about $25 million every day, does this really make sense? Maybe it’s time for a Congressional enema!

Because of technology, traditional mail is all but obsolete anyway so, it just makes sense to cut down on those heavy losses. What are we waiting for, an act of Congress? Yeah, as a matter of fact, we are.


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