I’d doubt few will care except those of us who have the mailed disc version of Netflix (since newer stuff isn’t on streaming) and want to send and receive them on Saturdays.

Apparently trying an end-run around an unaccommodating Congress, the financially struggling U.S. Postal Service says it will stop delivering mail on Saturdays but continue to disburse packages six days a week.

In an announcement scheduled for later Wednesday, the service is expected to say the Saturday mail cutback would begin in August and could save $2 billion annually.

The move accentuates one of the agency’s strong points – package delivery has increased by 14 percent since 2010, officials say, while the delivery of letters and other mail has declined with the increasing use of email and other Internet services.

  1. MikeN says:

    What this is is blackmail. They want Congress to give them more money, so they figure they will threaten the end of Saturday mail delivery and the closing of local post offices to get constituents to complain to their Congressman. Except it’s not as effective anymore. Amtrak does the same thing.

    I don’t see how they can keep doing Saturday deliveries. The reason they can do a low charge for deliveries is because it piggybacks on the regular mail delivery. Now it looks like the Saturday deliveries are going to be an added cost to be shared across all deliveries.

    • bobbo, the pragmatic existential evangelical anti-theist says:

      How many times do you have to be told the USPO doesn’t take a dime of tax money? As many times as I have to be told its USPS?? Thats not stupid… THAT is something else going on.

      Gee…what is keep on telling a lie when you know what the truth is? What is that called???

      Hmmm…. maybe REAL Stoopid does fit. Are you REAL Stoopid Mickey??? Is that what it is, or are you are paid shill… or worse….. a LIEberTARD????

      I can see the excess revenue from having first class mail delivered for 1/10th the cost of Fed Ex would support delivering overnight packages at 2/3 rds the cost.

      Its called Polish Accounting?


      Congress requires the USPO to rapidly fund long term health care liability in a way that no other entity does and refuses to allow them to increase mail rates that are well below any competition for the express purpose of shutting them down and you say that reducing decreasing service staffing while increasing staffing for increasing services is “blackmail.”

      You probably think Obama is a socialist too? Trying to take your guns away??

      Is that your problem Mickey?

    • Rick says:

      Actually the USPS is doing a gambit to stop delivery on saturday even though they’re mandated to do so.
      Congress may very well actually be forced to do something and modify the law to allow them to end saturday deliveries.

  2. Uncle Patso says:

    Remember when there used to be actual cogent commentary to be found here?

    Now every argument has devolved into shouts of “treason!”, “jack-booted union thugs!”, “they’re cummin fer ar GUNZ!!!”, “asshole!”, “asshole licker!”


    • pedro says:

      When was that? because as far as I can remember there always have been retards like DUllass and there’s no way to make them neither think nor leave

    • bobbo, the pragmatic existential evangelical anti-theist says:

      I think you went too far with “asshole licker.” I don’t think Pedro’s obsession with Dallas has reached that level yet.

  3. Guyver says:

    The USPO is only $16 billion in the hole. Why stop at only saving $2 billion?

    Now if they could work on not delivering mail 8 days out of the week, they’d break even.


    • bobbo, the pragmatic existential evangelical anti-theist says:

      Thats a funny, and a good one!

      Is that 16 Billion in the hole artificial or real? Meaning is that including the artificial healthcare funding requirement or not?

      As a fiscal conservative, I think programs should pay for themselves. As a social liberal, I think programs that pay for themselves and give good honest employment should be encouraged–even if there are better (ie less human intensive) ways to do it.

      Et viola!

  4. Captain Obvious says:

    When did the USPO start delivering mail?

    • Rick says:

      I wished they would stop, the USPS is annoyingly reliable at delivering bills to my mailbox.

  5. Ed Gurney says:

    No institution is more American than the Post Office, so it is sad to watch it go down for the third time. Unfortunately its failure has been a long time coming. It is the original “too big to fail” outfit. Their “we are the only ones allowed to sell stamps” attitude has turned them into the premier junk delivery service in the nation. We can’t afford to keep them around for Auld Lang Sine. Either restructure them or cut bait altogether. My apologies to Ben Franklin.

    • bobbo, the pragmatic existential evangelical anti-theist says:

      How can we “not afford” them if they support themselves?

    • Rick says:

      We can always revise the laws to allow the USPS to legally deliver guns to peoples doors, then the 2nd amendment freaks will defend the Postal System to the death!

  6. Postal Clause advocate says:

    Article I, Section 8, Clause 7 of the United States Constitution, known as the Postal Clause or the Postal Power, empowers Congress “To establish Post Offices and post Roads”.

    Those who feel so strongly about the 2nd Ammendment should know others feel as strongly about the god-given right, from our forefather, to have a decent post office and service. Right there in Article #1.

    • Dallas says:

      Good post.
      Remember that many here are Cafeteria Christians whereby you pick and choose what parts of the bible are to be considered AOK. So, as you might expect, the same are often see the Constitution in the same point of reference.

  7. MikeN says:

    Nothing wrong with making sure Post Office doesn’t end up like so many other entities swamped by pension costs. GM, Chrysler, California, Illinois

    • bobbo, the pragmatic existential evangelical anti-theist says:

      Is there any other fish than red herring in the ocean of shit you swim in?

      Of course, all benefits should be costed and paid for. NOT used as an excuse to shut down a group of people presumed to vote more Dumbo than Puke.

      Puke Party >>> only about 3 steps away from Oligarchy. Doing all they can to purge their own party and the electorate of any who disagree with their Luddite Perversions.

    • Rick says:

      Yeah lets just ignore the fact GM quit making cars people actually wanted……lets blame the workers instead, its always the good sign of a quality manager.

      • MikeN says:

        They didn’t have money to invest in R&D when they had to pay thousands of dollars in costs per car for people who didn’t even work at GM anymore. Costs not borne by Toyota.

  8. JT Hut says:

    Congress requires USPS to pre-pay future retirement benefits, NOT because congress is worried about paying postal retirees. Congress sees that as free money and spends it now. What do you think, congress puts those prepayments into a savings account?

  9. orchidcup says:

    If you really need to have a letter delivered on Saturday, then ship it inside of a package. Problem solved.

    If your letter is urgent and you need a quick reply, use e-mail.

    If your letter is extremely urgent and you need an instant reply, send a text message.

    Snail mail is so 20th century.

    • Guyver says:

      If you really need to have a letter delivered on Saturday, then ship it inside of a package. Problem solved.

      Ahhhh, bureaucracy at its best. :)

      • MikeN says:

        No, that is when the Post Office sues companies for using UPS or FedEx. USPS has a legal monopoly.

  10. Kent says:

    As Adam Curry states “when the govt runs something it just sucks”.

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  12. Glenn E. says:

    Now some in the US Congress are saying “not so fast Post Office”. They need to vote on this Saturday closure. Probably worried their parties’ campaign funding drives, by mail, will face a 16% reduction in revenue. If they can only mail out five days a week.

    When all other uses for the postal mail, have been replaced by electronic mail. Politicians will still be using the old way, to badger up to fund their careers, via some party affiliation. Because the “other party” will ruin America, if they’re not reelected. BS.

  13. MartinJJ says:

    Given the financial struggle of 17 trillion, they’ll probably soon will skip delivering the rest of the week also.

  14. Rick says:

    So lets have FedEx deliver your mail. Just get used to paying $50 a letter and they don’t deliver on Saturday either.

  15. MikeN says:

    Thus, [the clever bureaucrat] always picks on teachers, policemen, firemen first. … Similarly the Army, when faced with a budget cut, never points the finger at desk-bound lieutenant colonels. The victims are invariably combat troops. This is particularly unfortunate, since in government, as in human beings, fat tends to concentrate at the middle levels, where planning analysts and deputy assistant administrators spend their days attending meetings …

    Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2013/02/11/the-firemen-first-festival/#ixzz2KnBHCWZB