The U.S. Postal Service was dealt a very hard blow in 2006 by a conservative lame duck Congress. It created a crisis for that once proud institution by passing a postal reform bill which obligated the Postal Service to prepay 75 years of a pension and benefits plan for its employees — some $11.1 billion — to the U.S. Treasury in a 10-year window of time.
So is it any wonder then that our Saturday mail service will come to an end in August since our conservative lawmakers have caused our Postal Service to go on life support just about?
I believe our Congress won’t rest until they succeed in getting rid of the Postal Service altogether, since their greatest wish is to privatize mail delivery. And when that happens, what a sad day it’ll be for Americans, and most especially elderly Americans who live in rural and remote areas of the country.
We Americans must never forget that the Postal Service is the only institution stipulated by the Constitution of the United States.