Congressman Darrell Issa continues to astound informed observers of the Postal Service with his misguided comments. Mr Issa “applauded” Canada Post for planning to” phase out expensive to the door delivery “of mail over five years. He seemed to have no problem equating the US Postal Service with Canada Post. Not taking into consideration that Canada Post lost over a hundred million dollars this year delivering mail while the US Postal Service had an operational profit of $600 million.
Mr Issa also seemed to neglect to mention the fact that Canada Post was raising rates from 63 cents to 85 cents for letter mail. Imagine his reaction if the USPS wanted to raise rates by over 30%. Most likely his Government Oversight Committee would hold special hearings around the clock.
Also this “modernization” enabled Canada to become the first G7 country to eliminate home delivery of mail. Being a public servant you would expect Mr Issa to value service to the public not be “applauding” dramatic regression of services.
Mr Issa gushed “The Canadian Government is supportive of its (Canada Post) decision to modernize.” Modernize? The US Postal Service is the best Postal Service in the world. There is no disputing that. USPS boasts the lowest rates in the world without a penny of tax payer money while delivering over 40% of the world mail. US Mail is delivered with reliability and a level of public trust that is the envy of other Postal Services and businesses worldwide.
If Mr Issa wants to look at Canada and find ways for our country to “Modernize” maybe he should look at their very popular and efficient National Health Care System.
Mr Issa seems absurdly focused at working to decimate the Postal Service. I am hopeful that the over $40,000 he gets from Postal Service rival UPS is not a higher priority than the needs of the millions of people who rely on daily delivery of their mail.
Mr Issa, should be applauding his own countries Postal Service rather than working to decimate it.