WSJ Goes Postal

Excellent charticle on the U.S. Postal Service in the Wall Street Journal’s This Week wrap:

Among the high/lowlights:

• The USPS now handles about 150 billion pieces of mail a year vs. 200+ billion per annum in 2005-2007

• Post Office income (after expenses) has fallen from about $5 billion in 2001 to an $8 billion deficit in 2009.

• Harry S. Truman was a U.S. Postmaster

• Knute Rockne was a USPS clerk

• Rock Hudson was a letter carrier

• Walt Disney was a substitute carrier

Those last two tell you everything you need to know about the U.S. Postal Service.

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3 Responses to WSJ Goes Postal

  1. The Superess says:

    Regarding line 3 ‘• Post Office income (after expenses) has fallen from about $5 billion in 2001 to an $8 billion deficit in 2009.’
    If one sends for stamps, and, as yrs truly, declares I am not a collector I just need stamps, every (whether 1, 4 stamps, or a sheet of 20) every one comes on a piece of
    cardboard and every piece of cardboard with it’s stamp is shrink-wrapped. You have neer seen so much excess packaging all for the ‘collectors’ they tell me. So why do you think the USPS is in debt ? ‘After expenses’ might be the problem, but just raise the price of stamps, & sell teddy bears. Never operate cost effectively.

    • Campaign Outsider says:

      Maybe the answer is to start collecting stamp, Superess. Then you’ll be glad they’re shrink-wrapped, yes?

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