Brad Plumer, writing at Ezra Klein's space on washingtonpost.com, considers the U.S. Postal Service and the dire economic straits they find themselves in. There was a time when the U.S. Postal Service was a vital part of our national infrastructure, but I have some questions of its present value to the American public.
Apparently, so does the Postmaster General. He has argued that 3,700 post offices in mostly rural locations be shuttered because many don't take in more then $50 a day. Yet, the members of Congress who represent districts that face closures have objected. I can understand why. I remember as a kid in Illinois driving down Route 121 or Route 36 and you knew you were "in town" when you saw the modest post office, but nostalgia is a poor reason to run the U.S. Postal Service into the ground.
I see a role for the U.S. Postal Service going forward, even as mail volume has diminished, but clearly USPS needs slimmed down and those that fight the closure of the remote mail outpost only serve to hasten the demise of the entire endeavor.