Pitney Bowes financed a plan to privatize the sorting and delivery parts of the U.S. Postal Service, leaving the “last mile” of delivery, the part that can’t possibly pay for itself, to USPS letter carriers. Private companies like Pitney Bowes and UPS would process and transport the mail but you’d just see the mailman.
These same corporations financed campaigns of the Republican congressmen who saddled the Postal Service with staggering retiree health fund obligationsnot imposed on private corporations and then complain that the USPS is in the hole. Many of those GOP congressmen are from rural areas and won’t allow small remote post offices to close or the elimination of Saturday delivery.
“Think tank to study privatizing most Postal Service operations,” Lisa Rein, Washington Post
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