Is It ‘Gloat’ Or ‘Bloat’ At The U.S. Postal Service?

Mailman SleepingThe Post Office we’re told, is gloating because UPS and Amazon fell behind on their Christmas deliveries. We guess that this is supposed to support the superiority of government services. It strikes us rather as similar to gloating over a single successful battle for an army that lost its war. The USPS loses billions; UPS and Amazon make money and do it by satisfying customers all year long.

We note too that as the linked report tells, Amazon and UPS offered refunds of the shipping charges for their late deliveries; have you ever heard of such from the Postal folks? Folks that normally operate by coercion as does government, seldom seem service oriented.That would be contradictory, right?

Then too, are we supposed to believe that while the private sector folk were running late, the Post Office was delivering everything on time? Perhaps the PO’s late parcels just weren’t reported? I don’t know, but perfectly on time delivery is not the Post Office we grew up with and stood in long lines for over decades. But then, the PO is part of the same government that tells us that inflation is negligible, unemployment is below 7% and the economy is recovering. We often wonder how it is that businessmen go to jail for fraudulent advertising while Presidents who promise that you can keep your doctor go to Hawaii on paid vacations.

If UPS is asked about a shipment, they use a tracking number to query the computer and tell you where it is and anything that has happened to it. If we ask our Post Office why a book mailed to a man in Florida a month ago hasn’t been received, we get a blank stare…after we get to the head of the line, of course. We really don’t want to hear about ‘gloat’ from the USPS… ‘bloat’ though, that’s another story.

About Jack Curtis

Suspicious of government, doubtful of economics, fond of figure skating (but the off-ice part, not so much) Couple of degrees in government, a few medals in figure skating; just reading and suspicion for economics ...
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