Death of a thousand cuts for the Post Office
Under a cost-saving plan by the U.S. Postal Service, Americans moving into newly built homes will not have mail delivered to their doors and will instead have to trek to the curb or neighborhood cluster boxes.
The Postal Service began the change in April, and Congress is considering an even bolder shift that would also affect existing houses. It's unclear if delivery to the door will eventually be eliminated entirely.
Oh, great. Too bad the Post Office isn't a bank; they'd be bailed out in a heart-beat.
Gonna be great to trek to pick up my fucking mail. Can I send in a bill to Congress for my time? Because if I could, there's be no savings at all.
NOTE Of course, the powers that be plan to destroy the Post Office exactly because it's a public service that ties the country together. Also too they want the money and union busting:
In 2006, the Republican-controlled Congress passed a law, the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act (PAEA) that forced the USPS to “prefund its future health care benefit payments to retirees for the next 75 years in a ten-year time span” that meant it had to set aside billions of dollars in reserve yearly to pay health benefits for employees it has not hired, or not even born yet. No other government program, such as the Defense Department, or private corporation for that matter, is required to do anything like PAEA because it would bankrupt them within a decade if not sooner, and it is precisely Republicans’ goal for the USPS.
The Postal Service is a constitutionally mandated agency and although the corporate-controlled media and politicians push the “postal service crisis” meme without pause, it is a “manufactured crisis” to annihilate some of the GOP’s favorite targets; public employees, unions, decent wages, healthcare, retirement, and of course, a popular and efficient government agency. One of the biggest drivers (85%) of the deliberately created Postal Service budget deficit originates with the PAEA pre-funding mandate regardless that “the pension is over-funded and reserves for retiree health care are far higher than the federal government as a whole” according to the post office Inspector General. The USPS is also “required to break even” unlike any other department or agency, including the Defense Department, so the GOP cannot refute the claim their sole purpose in PAEA is breaking the Postal Service within ten years. Without the PAEA, the USPS would not have “a net deficiency of nearly $20 billion, but instead be in the black by at least $1.5 billion,” and it would destroy the Republican myth that all government operations break the nation and require dismantling and tendering to corporations.