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  •  I think the attempt is serious... (8+ / 0-)

    ...because artificially creating an $11B deficit puts the whole enterprise on the austerity chopping block. The closure of some  local post offices, the Saturday cuts (now on hold), and the reduction in processing centers (resulting in delays of deliveries by one or two days) put the enterprise on a downward spiral; once the services suck badly and are absurdly costly, there will be only one logical move.
    I could be wrong.
    Joe

    "There is just one way to save yourself, and that's to get together and work and fight for everybody." ---Woody Guthrie (quoted by Jim Hightower in The Progressive Populist April 1, 2012, p3)

    by CitizenJoe on Sat May 18, 2013 at 12:02:29 PM PDT

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    •  No you're right. (5+ / 0-)

      This is a death spiral that was manufactured to come in the form of billions of paper cuts, so to speak.

      In the 90s most postal markets had a 90-98% overnight delivery of first class mail within a metro area.  Two days was the standard for most mail delivered from city to city.  Those rates have fallen dramatically as far as I can tell and that's because there are fewer people and resources to move the mail than there once were. That alone hurts business.  But there's much more to it than that that threaten the organization.

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