Yesterday, a Washington, DC “think tank” — originally chartered by Congress — announced it would “conduct an independent study of how the quasi-government agency could cede much of its operation to private companies.” Read the Washington Post article here.
Trouble is, this isn’t exactly an “independent” review. The study is being “made possible by a contribution from Pitney Bowes”.
And it’s based on a “White Paper” authored by a group including: a Cato Institute economist; the Deputy Postmaster General under President George W. Bush; and a lobbyist for the Direct Marketing Association, who was hired “to head lobbying efforts aimed at reforming the U.S. Postal Service.”
Golly. The suspense. Wonder what this “non-profit think tank” is going to recommend doing to the Postal Service? [Remember, the Republican Party Platform calls for “Restructuring the U.S. Postal Service for the Twenty-First Century.”]
Their report is due out in March. Yes, right when the next Congress-created economic crisis is scheduled to hit.
Read more about Grover Norquist’s lobbying to dismantle the Post Office here.
Read about House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan — and his wife — here.
Read all NHLN coverage of the USPS here.