the United States Postal Service: What happens to Netflix
?The second largest employer
in the United States, the USPS ran up a $2.8 billion budget deficit last year, even after such cost-cutting moves such as quietly removing foreign mail from registered mail status.
The Chairman of the Postal Regulatory Commission believes cutting service to 5 days a week could save $1.9 billion
, with Tuesday-- the lightest day-- being the most likely choice.
Change is nothing new to the USPS, but up until now it has been a history of expansion:
In article one of the US Constitution, congress was given the power "To establish Post Offices and post Roads
1775. Benjamin Franklin became the first Postmaster General.
1831. The Post Office had more post masters than soldiers.
1863. Delivery expands beyond post office to post office. City dwellers may now receive mail at their homes.
1869. Railway Mail Service is inaugurated and by 1930 mail is carried by more than 10,000 trains.
1896. Rural Free Delivery becomes an official service, uniting the entire country.
1912. Parcel Post is authorized, allowing for delivery of packages of more than 4 pounds.
1971. President Nixon signs the bill making the the Post Office Department into the Postal Service, which among other things removes the Post Master General from the line of Presidential Succession
, and turns the USPS into an independent agency
like the CIA and NASA.