We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Having a brother who retired from the postal service, and been friends with a postal service accountant & postmaster, whenever the postal service cries "We're broke!" I turn the jaundiced fish eye towards and ask "Really?" Are you broke-broke or just playing the bailout once again game?
The postal service has been THE patronage and back scratching game for constituents for years. Every podunk from Pisgah to Poughkeepsie has a post office, for which there is no community identity without one. Most fortunate for the existing postal service, most of these micro post offices are contract, but I understand there is still a large contingent of "wholly owned" buildings and people that really should be consolidated.... if not for the patronage of congresscritters.
"What? Close MY post office? Not while I am your congresscritter! I will fight to the last bill to preserve your community post office and, ahem , the patronage jobs it preserves."
In a real business, the business might subsidize a money losing office for awhile to gain a competitive advantage. Unfortunately the post office, while putatively separate, is still a government agency, bound by the whims of congress (see above). It is far and away time for congress to cut this albatross loose, sink or swim, stand on its own two feet, (and fourteen other cliches). Cut back delivery to 5 days. By past practice, in two years, the postmaster general will once again be crying "We're broke!"