Return to Sender: Reforms for the Failing Postal Service
Given the Postal Service’s fiscal crisis, and the need to adjust to market realities, it is time to put the Service on a course toward meaningful structural change that will give it the ability to adjust to demand for its core activity of delivering physical mail. Through de-monopolization, corporatization, and eventual privatization a truly de-politicized Postal Service can be achieved. Also one of the most salutary and powerful economic forces – competition – can be brought to bear in subsidizing physical mail delivery on certain routes, should Congress decide that such subsidies are socially desirable. This approach will ensure that such subsidies are transparent and provided at least cost.