Junk mail is the primary cause of the problems with the U.S. postal system, which announced yesterday it is studying the possibility of ending Saturday delivery.
The postal system has grown into a monstrously fat bureaucracy and it has gotten this way by charging reduced rates to bulk mailers who are sending me tons of crap that go directly from my hand into
the wastebasket a bag for recycling, further burdening a waste management system that is running out of places to dump all this garbage. What is wrong with this picture, folks?
I receive a lot of mail, and at least 80 percent of it is unsolicited. Your mileage my vary, but I’d guess that at least half of everyone’s mail is unsolicited. The companies and individuals that are sending us junk mail have financed a huge growth of the postal infrastructure. Meanwhile, the use of e-mail and online services have substantially decreased the income from first class mail.
Dave makes a good argument for reducing the size of the infrastructure. I’d take it one step further and eliminate bulk postage rates. Yes, this would trigger a significant shakeout of the system with an extensive laundry list of problems to overcome. But it’s a better answer than continuing to support the current system that’s losing money and struggling to increase revenues.
We need a smaller system financed by people who are sending and receiving mail of some importance. What we have now is the nation’s largest trash hauler.