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Saturday, March 23, 2013

Republicans and Democrats Working Together...To Screw Over Taxpayers

It's no secret that the U.S. Postal Service is having problems. It's run a deficit every year since FY2007, largely because of the extremely generous pensions and other benefits it's obligated to pay former employees. Last month, the USPS announced that, beginning in August, Saturday delivery service would be discontinued as a cost-cutting measure...sort of. The USPS will still deliver packages, mail-order medicines, Priority Mail and Express Mail six days a week, and all forms of mail will continue to be delivered to Post Office boxes on Saturdays. Still, this is supposed to save the Post Office $2 billion a year.

Except now it won't. On Wednesday, the U.S. Senate approved a bill that included a provision that prevents the USPS from reducing delivery service. The House of Representatives followed suit on Thursday. Both measures passed with bipartisan support.

If President Obama signs the legislation into law, then it will be back to the drawing board for whoever is tasked with trying to make the USPS financially sound. In the meantime, I suggest they adopt a new logo:
(It has nothing to do with the Republican Party. If that's what you thought, then look up "white elephant".) 

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