The Post Office is NOT Broke!

by Jim Hightower

“For the past several months, the laissez-fairyland blogosphere, assorted corporate front groups, a howling pack of congressional right-wingers, and a bunch of lazy mass media sources have been pounding out a steadily rising drumbeat to warn that our postal service faces impending doom: It’s “broke,” they exclaim, the situation “is dire,” USPS “nears collapse,” it’s “a full-blown financial crisis!” This is the year, they insist, that the whole shebang will implode: The PBS Newshour recently alarmed viewers about “a complete shutdown this winter,” and even the current Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe, has added to the din by declaring, “we’ll be out of cash next August.”

“Since 1971, the postal service has not taken a dime from taxpayers. All of its operations–including the remarkable convenience of 32,000 local post offices (more service outlets than Walmart, Starbucks, and McDonald’s combined)–are paid for by peddling stamps and other products… The Postal Service is NOT broke. Indeed, in those four years of loudly deplored “losses,” the Service actually produced a $700 million operational profit (despite the worst economy since the Great Depression).

“America’s postal service is just that–a true public service, a grassroots people’s asset that has even more potential than we’re presently tapping to serve the democratic ideal of the common good. Why the hell would we let an elite of small-minded profiteers, ranting ideologues, and their political hirelings drop-kick this jewel through the goal posts of corporate greed? This is not a fight merely to save 32,000 post offices and the middle-class jobs they provide–but to advance the BIG IDEA of America itself, the bold, historic notion that “Yes, we can” create a society in which we’re all in it together.”

See the entire article for excellent historical background of the USPS and its attackers as well as thoughts for a modern Postal Service that is in service to all Americans. See also

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.