They Did It Again

Back in February and again in August, I wrote “Every time someone mentions closing a Post Office, local officials cry foul and Not In My Backyard (NIMBY).”

They did it again.  Yesterday the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) announced they were delaying the closing of any more post offices or mail facilities until May 15, 2012, due “to a request made by multiple U.S. Senators.”

Look for another delay in May 2012 – this time it will be delayed past the November elections – maybe it will eventually happen the same day as the Keystone XL Pipeline announcement…

Montana Senators Max Baucus and Jon Tester were quick to take credit for the delay with Tester winning the public relations war by getting his quote in the news: “Today’s announcement is a win for Montana, and credit belongs to the thousands of Montanans who raised their concerns about the importance of postal service and the jobs it supports in rural America.”

According to Reuters, the Postal Service “lost more than $5 billion in fiscal year 2011 and says it needs to shed about $20 billion in annual costs by 2015.”

That’s billions with a “B” folks.

Look at it this way:  The lawmakers who helped our country get $15 trillion in debt are telling the USPS that they want to come up with a plan to help them.

There will be many more billions lost because of this delay – the USPS may even have to make deeper cuts because of this “request made by multiple U.S. Senators. ”

There will be people all across the fruited plains who will be unhappy about any changes to their mail delivery.  That’s tough.  If it cramps their style, they may want to consider moving from “Timbuktu.”

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