(via Peter W. Knox)
Beyond the direct job losses, I’m not sure that this would necessarily be a bad thing.
The mailbox for our apartment is nearly full every day. There’s a trash can helpfully placed in the alcove with everyone’s mailboxes. Every day, I open the mailbox door and shovel all of the crap into the trash can except the 0-2 legitimate envelopes. And, every day, the trash can is overflowing with everyone else’s copies of the same crap. My trash-mail rate is at least 80% by weight.
The world would be a better place if we didn’t waste time, money, and natural resources to create, deliver, and throw away all of this junk.
Is that what’s keeping the US Post Office operating at its current volume? If so, do we really want to try very hard to maintain its current service level? That would almost be as stupid as pumping a ton of taxpayer money into bailing out industries that keep making bad products that nobody wants at inflated prices because of bad design, stagnant development, out-of-control union demands, unreasonably high executive bonuses, and corporate bloat.