• OhioBoy78

    This is sad and mostly unnecessary. Yes, the post office is loosing money and has to get smaller, but it’s not nearly as bad as it is made out to be.

    The real problem is the future retirees health benefits prefunding requirement of 5.5 billion dollars a year. It’s something no one else does anywhere, no private company and no other government agency, but congress requires it of the postal service. What it really is, is a TAX. Congress uses that money to make the federal deficit look smaller under the provisions of a unified federal budget.

    Without the prefunding, the postal service has a surplus of a billion dollars over the last 4 years, instead of a 20 billion dollar deficit. So the prefunding makes it look like the postal service is failing when operations are actually covering costs.

    I believe it’s all part of the tea party’s campaign to decrease the size of the federal government. The tea party wants to reduce the size of the federal government by starving it of revenues. The postal service, as a government agency, is just another target for elimination.

    But the whole idea of “starving the beast” is bogus. The government does many good things. Personally, I believe a strong federal government is one of the things that has made America great. Anybody who wants minimal federal government should consider moving to Somalia because that’s whay you end up with.