The government corners like an aircraft carrier in dry-dock, and as such is incapable of keeping up with business trends (or, possibly worse for you, with medical trends), but this is an indication of the same mindset that might someday be in charge of your health care, and the inevitable rationing thereof:

The U.S. Postal Service plans to propose Tuesday an adjusted mail service schedule, which will likely cut Saturday delivery. The agency will also suggest closing some branches and expanding its use of self-service kiosks in grocery stores and other popular retail spots, as part of its effort to work its way out of a mountain of debt.

USPS posted a $3.8 billion loss in its 2009 fiscal year, the latest in a multiyear string of whopping losses. Mail volume was down 12.7% for the year, a trend the agency expects to continue over the next decade as more consumers opt for online bill payments and message delivery.

Maybe they should just have doctors deliver the mail. That way we’d all get our mail and have a doctor who comes around every day — except weekends and federal holidays.

The USPS is supposed to be self-sustaining. Obama has said his health plan must be self-sustaining as well. The problem with government running self-sustaining programs is that eventually the self that isn’t sustained is you.

Obama himself warned of government’s inability to compete with the private sector when he spoke last August about how well UPS and FedEx have fared against the delivery service the government runs. Somehow this was supposed to make us more comfortable with the government running the health care system:

I haven’t seen a sales pitch that counterproductive since James Garner had a heart attack while filming a “Pork: The new white meat” commercial.

Comments

9 Responses to “Postal Service May Ration Mail Delivery: Welcome to a Glimpse of Your Possible Government Health Care Future”

  1. Nick on March 2nd, 2010 5:03 pm

    What a horse crap, cowardly response. Getting mail on Saturday, or having stand alone mail facilities, isn't the same as health care. It isn't the same as military spending either.

    You are just a yellow coward. You couldn't possibly debate an issue on merit. All you can do is feed ignorance and fear to pad your pocket.

  2. Joyanna Adams on March 2nd, 2010 4:34 pm

    "the self that isn't sustained is you"

    Exactly right. And that's the way they want it.

  3. Doug on March 2nd, 2010 6:49 pm

    They're both budget processes, moron. If they can't budget mail (or even a car sale), which is budgeted to be "self-sustaining," how are we to believe they'll budget health care (which is allegedly planned to be self-sustaining) without the need for drastic rationing?

    And what exactly what am I padding my back pocket with? Just curious.

    Yes, calling for the government to not give me anything is making me incredibly wealthy.

    What a buffoon.

  4. Mike S. on March 2nd, 2010 9:34 pm

    Damn, I haven't seen a troll like Nick around here. Must have gotten lost on his way to the Huffington Post or daily Kos…anyway, it appears that the USPS is approaching the death spiral phase of its existence: hikes in the price of postage to make up for lost revenue, which then means fewer customers, which then means more lost revenue, which means more price hikes, which means even fewer customers, etc. until it ceases to exist altogether.

  5. classicfilm on March 2nd, 2010 9:44 pm

    Nick… some obvious anger issues going on here, dude. Chill out, try to develop a sense of humor (I know it's damn hard during the worst economic recession in THREE DECADES) and examine the facts about everything the government puts its grimy, greedy mitts on, using taxpayer dollars.

    Medicare, government run: Bankrupt, overspends
    Medicaid, government run: Bankrupt, overspends
    Social Security, government run: Bankrupt, overspends
    Military health care, government run: A mess
    Indian reservation health care, government run: A shameful mess
    US economy, escalating government takeovers during Age of Obama: Catastrophic debt, trillions of dollars
    Green jobs, government run: Escalating debt in one year, with only a tiny number of real jobs created

    And now, the US post office, as pointed out by Doug, using valid examples and satire, with the cost problems it has had for decades… These are the government idiots YOU want in charge of the nation's health care, to mandate your health care and your body and making participation mandatory (or pay a fine or go to jail), your family's bodies and health care? And to take additional thousands of dollars from you each year to pay for the health care of those who choose to not improve their lots in life, pay for the Islamic terrorists in Club Gitmo, pay for illegal aliens?

    Fill in the blanks yourself, you naive statist nitwit. Forget that you're an Obama-bot liberal for a few minutes and give thinking and logic a chance. Better yet, dig deeper into your own pockets and flush your cash down the commode. Because that's what is in store for America… throwing a huge percentage of your income down the john. These knuckleheads in DC have not proven ONCE that they can responsibility, efficiently, frugally deliver anything better than the free market, nor can they stick to a budget – they don't even try. Just look at the headlines on any given day, and while you're at it, whip out your checkbook.

  6. classicfilm on March 2nd, 2010 9:46 pm

    Doug, how's the moat around your castle looking these days?
    ROFL

  7. Nanny on March 2nd, 2010 10:51 pm

    You forgot to add that it's all Booooosh's fault. And we are idiots. And we are uneducated Nazi's and………

  8. Nanny on March 2nd, 2010 10:59 pm

    To All Rational Posters Here:

    Please don't forget that Nick gets home from 7th grade every day, reads his email from Chris Mathews, Airhead Anna, Rick Sanchez and MTV then goes on his troll and repeats everything he has read. Maybe when he gets to the 8th grade he will see the error of his ways.

  9. Dandapani on March 3rd, 2010 1:31 am

    I'd rather use the self-service kiosk or a contracted out substation (like we had at our local Ace Hardware) than have to stand in a DMV style line while one of the lazy UPSP counter worker looks up at the long line I'm waiting in, and then deftly closes their station to go on lunch break. When do you think I (and the tens of other customers) have time to go to the post office, but on my (our) lunch break…

    I'd rather go to the dentist than to the USPO.

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