PART IV: Going Postal: How to Create a Massive Depression


Golly gee, what would Ayn Rand do?  Why she would let the USPS go under because it is survival of the fittest.  Right?

So, want to create a massive depression in one easy act?

It’s simple.

Just do away with the United States Postal Service.

“…Who would carry mail to the Hualapai Indian Reservation in the Grand Canyon? To islands off the coast of Maine? To rural villages in Alaska? Only the post office goes to those places and thousands of others in the United States, and all for 44 cents. And it’s older than the United States itself.

Ernest Burkes Sr. says his bills, magazines and diabetes medication are mailed to his home in Canton, in northeast Ohio, and he frequently visits the post office down the street to send first-class mail, mostly documents for the tax service he runs. As his business increased over the past three decades, so has the load of mail he sends, and it’s still pretty steady.

“I don’t know what I’d do if they’d close down the post offices,” said Burkes, who doesn’t use rival delivery services such as UPS or FedEx. “They need to help them, just like they helped some of these other places, automobiles and others.”…”

There is a time for libertarian  money crunching and a time to save money by spending money.  You can, as my father has been all of his life, penny wise and dollar poor.  In other words, by saving a buck now, you can end up spending a fortune later on.

Eight million people would be put out of work within a matter of months, taking our official unemployment levels from near 10% to 18%.  Upward of 1.5 trillion dollars would be sucked out of our economy when we can least afford to lose it.   It represents 7% of our gross domestic product. Because of this, Vicki A. O’Meara of Pitney Bowes wrote:

“...The financial numbers are indeed sobering. The Postal Service has lost almost $20 billion in the past few years, and is nearing the limit of its borrowing authority. All mail volumes have declined in this period, especially the lucrative First Class mail that provides the profits the Postal Service needs to fund its other products. In theory, the Postal Service could technically be bankrupt in the near future.

But you can put all the apocalyptic language aside right now. The Postal Service is not going out of business, now or any time in the future.

How can I be so confident of this? I’ll make it very plain: everyone in Washington, regardless of their political orientation, knows that without the Postal Service, the U.S. economy grinds to a halt. It doesn’t slow down; it stops.

Untold billions of dollars of commerce flow through the Postal Service every single day: bills, statements, invoices, packages, parts, hardware, software, pharmaceuticals, and even entertainment (all those Netflix DVDs). Over eight million jobs directly or indirectly depend on the Postal Service’s operations. The Postal Service’s own forecasts show it will still move in excess of 150 billion pieces of mail in 2020. You can picture the Postal Service as the circulatory system of the modern economy. Without it, virtually everything stops.

Everyone in Washington knows this, and they will not allow for any interruptions in the daily flow of mail. They know something else, too. Voter reaction to a Postal Service shutdown would be loud and angry; much louder and angrier even than the recent debt-ceiling situation….”

It’s just that simple.  You don’t spend about $5 billion or so and lose $1.5 trillion or so.  We shall soon see what happens.  If I know the extreme right the way I do, they’re going to let it go under to teach those nasty unions a lesson.  In the process millions of good men and women – VOTERS – will lose their jobs.

If this happens, November 2012 will not be pretty for the GOP.  Then again, The Pink Flamingo is beginning to think that is what this is all about, if the GOP loses, big, in November 2012, then the far right talkers can make more money.  FOX can increase its audience share.  Right talking heads and pundits will sell more books.  PACs that support far right causes can make even more money with their anti-Dem scare tactics

I don’t know about you, but I’m beginning to think the right is not interested in winning, only padding their pockets.   You want to know why the GOP doesn’t know how to govern?  Our elected Republican officials are so terrified of the noise makers on the right they don’t care about governing.  All they care about is getting re-elected.