The reason why the post office is having problems, they are not allowed to have a cash surplus. Any profit the post office makes has to be turned over to the federal government.
Like all other federal programs, the post office has been raided to fund other projects – military, welfare, food stamps, foreign aid,,,.
It’s not that the post office is broke, its federal governments out of control spending that is the problem.
Instead of making companies like google and exxon pay their fair share in taxes, the government gives tax breaks to corporations, taxes the middle class, then bankrupts programs like the post office.
Our roads are falling apart, the US is lagging behind on internet access, our standard of living is declining, social security and social security disability are going broke, and now the government is cutting out saturday delivery of the mail.
In all honesty, I think saturday delivery sets a bad example for the working class. If the mail can run 6 days a week, shouldn’t we be working? Society needs to work less and play more. Ending saturday delivery of the mail is a good start to working less.
Decline of the United States
During the 1970s and 1980s the threat we worried about most was nuclear war with russia. After the collapse of the USSR that threat seemed to slip away into the darkness.
Since the 1990s we have been facing a new threat, a threat of a slow decline.
Its not nuclear war that is going to wipe out or cities, its going to be free trade, lose of jobs and moral decline. With those jobs also went tax dollars, tax dollars that helped maintain our roads, our schools and social programs.
Back in the early 1990s George Bush sr. started working on a couple of free trade agreements, these were the North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), and the second was the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT).
During the presidential election of 1992 George sr. ran on a platform of free trade, Bill Clinton said he would not sign the free trade agreements. Bill Clinton won the election. Even though Clinton ran on a platform against free trade, he quickly signed the NAFTA and GATT trade treaties.
After NAFTA and GATT was signed, there was a rush of US companies to Mexico and China. As a result, we have been bleeding jobs for two full decades. The bleeding is finally taken its toll on the US economy.
Detroit is going bankrupt – at one time Detroit had the highest standard of living of all the 50 states. At one time Detroit was the 4th largest city in the U.S., now its number 11 and slipping fast as people flee.
Central Falls Rhode Island, Orange County California, Vallejo California, Jefferson County Alabama,,, and several other cities and counties are bankrupt.
How did we go from building dams, bridges and highways to being bankrupt? Its a simple answer, the government added tax loopholes for multi-billion dollar companies, and allowed free trade to strip the nation of high paying manufacturing jobs.
After the factories were gone, the tax burden shifted to the people. Someone has to pay for the schools, police, teachers,,, and other local civil servant jobs. With the factories gone, the working middle class had to pick up the tax bill.
Something else that happened during the 1980s and 1990s, millions of illegal immigrants flooded into the border states. 30 years later those millions of illegals, and their children are demanding citizenship.
If we think things are bad now, what is going to happen when millions of illegal immigrants get citizenship, then start drawing benefits from social programs. How many of those illegals are close to retirement age? Will they be able to draw from social security? How will that extra burden strain the system?
Our schools, roads, bridges and highways are falling apart. Infrastructure has not kept up with population growth over the past 4 decades,,, sooner or later something will have to break.
Maybe something does not have to “break”, maybe society will erode until people know no other way of life? H0w many teenagers in Detroit remember the 1970s when the city was rich in jobs and money? Probably not too many. What do those kids remember about Detroit? Probably the drugs and poverty that has infested the city since the 1980s.
As the baby boomers retire and pass away, and as the next generation takes their place, we will slowly forget what its like to be a rich nation. We as a society will forget what its like to have a working middle class.
Its not “just” the saturday mail that is a sign of the times, but it is part of the big picture. A picture of how our way of life is slowly disappearing. In 10, 15, 20 years where will we be?