I think way back in the day, he took the USPS entrance exam and wasn't sharp enough to score a grade that would get him hired on. Thus he has gone on this relentless crusade excoriating a public service over a hundred years old that besides serving every citizen of this country, offers employment to military veterans, especially disabled ones.
I believe also that now that he is in control of Hot Air, one of his requirements for writers to come on board is that they have to produce a certain amount of USPS bashing articles per year, regardless of their accuracy.
Today's horseshit from Ed is over the USPS knocking down a digital mail service that was hoping to interservice with the Post Office. Setting aside the fact that I doubt Postmaster Donahoe made the exactly worded statement attributed to him, it's idiot Ed's conclusion that I'm speaking to here (my emphasis added):
Now, let’s be clear that Outbox may well have not worked out to be the savior of the USPS, too. The cost savings may well have been outstripped by the revenue losses from junk mailers, a possibility that Khanna overlooks a little in his piece. However, his main point is solid, and perhaps understated. The reason the USPS doesn’t work well for end users is because the USPS doesn’t consider us its primary customers. It’s oriented to delivery service for junk mail, and works for those firms ahead of us. Maybe those companies should be footing the bill for the chronic deficits run by the USPS, instead of the American citizens the Postmaster deprioritized in dealing with Outbox.
Yes Ed, let's be clear -- the so-called chronic deficits started in 2006, the year that the law was passed forcing the USPS to fully pre-fund its disability retirement 75 years into the future over a ten year period. A law no other business, public or private, has applied against it. The USPS runs an operational profit nearly every quarter, but that profit is wiped out by the pre-funding payment. The federal government has refused to return USPS overpayments to other retirement programs, an amount that would cover the pre-pay and allow the Postal Service to operate without the sword of Damocles hanging over its head.
And yes, the USPS does prioritize service to it's bulk mailers, because that's where the bulk of our revenue comes from. First class mail volume is down, and through aggressive marketing the Postal Service has been able to make up that loss by drawing in advertisers to take advantage of what every business knows -- direct mail marketing is the most cost effective way to reach every customer in a given market area. Period. Add to that our superior package delivery service, and we have a solid business plan (sorry MKH and Erika -- you know nothing) that when our pre-pay ends this fiscal year will allow the USPS to enjoy the profits that are being wiped out by this singularly applied law.
Haven't done one of these in a while, but here ya go Ed: