Another petition asking President Obama to “Save the Post Office” has been started on the White House’s “We the People” web site.
The petition is in response to the recent Esquire article “Do We Really Want to Live Without the Post Office?”, and begins with the same glaring mistake as the article:
The Postal Service is not a federal agency. It does not cost taxpayers a dollar. It loses money only because Congress mandates that it do so.
While it’s undeniably true that the USPS is self-supporting, and wouldn’t have a net loss absent the 2006 PAEA pre-funding requirement, it IS, and always has been, a federal agency.
Come on guys- if it wasn’t a federal agency, why would you be petitioning the White House?
At any rate, the petition has until February 21st to receive the 100,000 signatures required to receive a formal response from the Administration. As of this writing, it has 320.
If you’re curious to know what that response would be, read the response posted to the last “Save the Postal Service” petition.