Is struggling Postal Service a sign we're doomed?
One magazine wonders how Congress can tackle any important stuff if it couldn't handle reforming the USPS.
The USPS is finally moving to five-day delivery, something it has been requesting for a while, the magazine reported Thursday. Most Americans are fine with this. Other countries have adopted the same policy.
But Congress' inability to take real action on the Postal Service shows that the U.S. is doomed, the magazine writes. Last year, the House of Representatives and the Senate each took up proposals reforming the service. Both bills died. The House bill never came to a vote, and the bill that passed in the Senate went nowhere in the House.
That Senate bill was as toothless as it gets, by the way. It simply delayed any action on the Postal Service for two years. So the USPS went ahead and canned Saturday delivery on its own using what the Economist calls "dubious legal reasoning."
It doesn't bode well for a Congress that absolutely must tackle some hard issues, including the federal deficit, the debt ceiling, Social Security reforms, taxes and Medicare and Medicaid.
And here's the Economist's point: If Congress can't even deal with something as relatively mild as fixing the Postal Service, how can it possibly handle anything more controversial?
"Does anyone truly believe Congress is up to the challenge?" the magazine asks.
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Congress vs. 535 tits on a bull..........take your pick!
Maybe if we could get rid of the undue influences, e.g., lobbyists, superPACS, etc., something positive could get done. Now, if we used those people for target practice...no...nevermind....I didn't mean that.
The martial arts actor Jackie Chan called the U.S. the most corrupt country in the world. Now the British are calling our Congress inept and incapable of doing the job they are elected to do. In fact we are rapidly becoming the laughing stock of the entire world what with our inability to come to terms on any issue and the absolutely insane proclamations that occasionally issue forth from the mouths of our supposed leadership.
Mind you I am glad that I was born and raised here but I have also watched the country that I knew and loved gradually fade away before my very eyes. We rank lower and lower each year on all of the important social measures when compared with many other industrialized nations in the world. Our star is fading and unless we can clean house and get rid of the corruption in Congress we are, as this magazine says, doomed. Sigh.
Sorry, I cant count that high!!!!
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