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We’ve all grown up with a U.S. Postal Service whose postal carriers lived by the creed; “Neither rain nor snow, nor sleet nor dark of night shall stay these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.”

That may no longer be the case as GAO points out

The U.S. Postal Service’s current business model “is not viable” and the mail agency should make deeper job and wage cuts, hire more part-time staff and consider outsourcing operations, according to a draft of a government audit acquired by The Federal Eye.

Auditors also urge Congress to remove restrictions on the Postal Service’s ability to cut Saturday mail delivery and close post offices, according to the report, which offers recommendations similar to the USPS’s own proposed 10-year business plan.

Lawmakers requested the Government Accountability Office report, set for a Monday release, as they prepare to consider the USPS plan, which was introduced last month. The proposals call for an end to six-day delivery and ask Congress to give the mail agency the ability to raise prices beyond the rate of inflation and close post offices if necessary.

In recent weeks we’ve seen rumbles of cutting Saturday mail delivery as a way to slice into the USPS budget deficit.

While that may be a good thing for mail carriers, who could use the Saturday downtime to watch cartoons or college basketball and football games, it’s no so much a good thing for users of the service.

You, as the consumer of the USPS, will be faced with higher prices, less service and fewer locations to conduct that business. Let me pose this question:

If this was a private industry operating with a projected loss of $7 billion would you continue to support it? (With a $238 billion projected loss over the next decade)

Hell no you wouldn’t!

You’d take your business to the most convenient location and one that offers the service at the best price. The USPS fails to fit anywhere in that description.

Considering every policy decision effecting the postal service must be approved by Congress it’s like doubling-down on stupid.

A failed service, offering nothing that can’t be gotten from the private sector, and run be the same people that are bringing you $10 trillion deficits for the next decade.

Postmaster General John E. Potter claims giving the USPS more autonomy – presumably cutting Congress’ apron strings – with the ability to set prices, delivery schedules and labor costs could save the service.

But why bother.

Obama administration’s 2011 budget [excerpt – PDF] calls for a continuation of six-day mail delivery and says the White House “will work with the Postal Service, its employee unions, the Congress, and other stakeholders to make sure the Postal Service has the tools and authorities it needs to remain viable as a pillar of the American economy and a vital public resource through the current crisis and over the long haul.”

The key phrase being “employee unions,” Obama has never met a union he didn’t like or bow down to in supplication.

It’s way past time to cut the losses both in actual terms and figuratively, sell this overblown monstrosity and privatize it.

The USPS budget, reportedly approaching $70 billion per year, is “off budget” anyway, make it really far off budget by selling the parts and pieces to FedEx and UPS.

Both FedEx and UPS provide cheaper service with the same effectiveness there’s no longer a viable reason for a government run postal service.

Sell this dung heap now.

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