If there is sufficient room in said dustbin I hope someone will contact me because I have lots of suggestions.
Personal feelings on the United States Postal Service aside – and for those who are wondering, my adventure played out with a bunch of letters neither being delivered nor returned to us, and a number of our accounts going overdue or simply being closed – there must be a general consensus by now that this is an organization that really is not very good.
The Washington Times suggests maybe it is time to call in the dogs:
The post office is projected to bleed $7 billion in red ink this year on top of an existing debt of $13.2 billion, according to the Government Accountability Office. By 2020, the postal system will lose $35 billion every year, and the accumulated debt will reach a staggering $230 billion – all of which will be saddled on taxpayers. In short, the modern successor to the pony express is stampeding toward insolvency.
Like the rest of the federal government, the post office’s fiscal troubles can be directly traced to its unionized bureaucracy. More than 80 percent of the postal budget is devoted to the agency’s 581,070 career employees. Because a mandatory collective bargaining process determines wages, hours worked and workplace conditions, postal employees enjoy benefits even more exorbitant than what other federal employees receive.
If there is a better three-word prescription for failure than “unionized federal employees” someone please let me know.