The Corner

‘Not Viable’

Wash Post:

The U.S. Postal Service’s current business model “is not viable” and the mail agency should make deeper job and wage cuts, hire more part-time staff and consider outsourcing operations, according to a draft of a government audit acquired by The Federal Eye.

Auditors suggest cutting Saturday service and shutting down small post offices (just wait: this will be almost as controversial on the Hill as base closings).

For what it’s worth, I use the post office a lot–not the traditional one so much, but a small one that’s outsourced to a local office-supply store. The staff is friendly and helpful and the lines are short. This is the model for the future.

John J. Miller, the national correspondent for National Review and host of its Great Books podcast, is the director of the Dow Journalism Program at Hillsdale College. He is the author of A Gift of Freedom: How the John M. Olin Foundation Changed America.

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