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Should the Postal Service be shut down?

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Discussion started by Jeff Moskowitz:
The U.S. Postal Service lost $3.2 billion in the first three months of 2012. It lost $5.1 billion last year despite cutbacks. This is not a function of the Recession. It has been bleeding taxpayer money for most of the last decade and is expected to continue. Mail service was once considered a basic right, but now with the proliferation of email, it doesn't look like the U.S. Mail can survive without the U.S. Government spending billions a year to keep it afloat. Is it time to shut down the postal service?
Background article: Postal Service offers $15,000 buyouts to 45,000 mail handlers The U.S. Postal Service is offering buyouts to 45,000 mail handlers, part of the struggling agency's efforts to shed staff and cut costs. ... Read more