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While I Understand Why The Post Office Must Cut Back, I Don’t Understand Where People Will Find Good Jobs


The Wall Street Journal reports that the Post Office is considering cutbacks.

( Above—Sign in front of the post office in Nappanee, Indiana. Here is information about visiting Nappanee. ) 

From the WSJ report—

“The volume of first-class mail, the Postal Service’s most-lucrative business, has been eroded by the migration of bill payments and individual correspondence to the Internet. The economic downturn has exacerbated the financial woes by hitting catalogs and other direct-marketing mailings….The agency has previously struggled to cover its costs while meeting its mandate to provide mail service six days a week to all Americans, some 135.7 million delivery points. Faced with a $1.7 billion deficit in 2001, the agency raised postage rates and froze headquarters staff jobs….Continued automation, attrition and early retirements have helped pare the number of full-time employees to 636,000 from more than 800,000 in 2000. Mr. Potter said the Postal Service has reduced excess capacity but said it must become still “leaner and more efficient,” and cut “tens of thousands” more jobs….The agency is reviewing 3,100 post offices and retail outlets — out of 36,700 — for possible closure or consolidation, and it expects decisions by Oct. 1. Since 2000, the agency has shut 1,337 post offices and outlets, and since 2005 it has closed two of 380 mail-processing centers and consolidated nine. Dozens of other proposed closures or mergers were rejected, many following local resistance.”

Here is the full story.

I understand all this just as I understand why so many jobs in the automotive industry have been lost. 

What I don’t understand is where people are going to find good jobs in the future.

Here is a story from the Nation Magazine about the need for a program of full employment in the United States.

Here is the link to the National Postal Museum.  This museum is part of the Smithsonian and is in Washington, D.C.

(Below–Post Office in St. Vrain, New Mexico.  This post office closed just a few weeks ago after 102 years of operation.  Here are some facts about St. Vrain.)

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  1. define good job? fruit picker would be a good job if it paid the bills. painter plumber high school teacher… the uaw is sol now that they have painted themselved into a corner. there is nothing being made here now and no one wants to make anything for under 30 an hr 90 an hr where does it stop. people keeping making the creepy waltons richer with dedicated consumption at walmart. wtf those buy american stickers you see on trucks are made in china as well im sure. like the green berets the green berets wear were before someone figured it out and complained

    Comment by bill brady | June 19, 2009

  2. A job that pays the bills and offers benefits. That is a good start to define a good job.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | June 19, 2009

  3. “What I don’t understand is where people are going to find good jobs in the future.”

    In fields made possible by the very efficiencies that eliminated the old jobs, as has happened time and time again throughout history. The mechanization of agriculture threw lots of farriers and plowmen out of work, but it’s a lot better to be a diesel mechanic or an AP clerk at John Deere.

    “there is nothing being made here now”

    That’s a common thought, but an untrue one. U.S manufacturing has been growing faster than the overall economy since the mid-90s. Nothing being made here? The amounts are staggering:

    $94 billion worth of dairy products
    $94 billion worth of steel
    $173 billion worth of aerospace products
    $11 billion worth of railroad cars
    $60 billion worth of furniture
    $341 billion worth of electronics

    We make twice as much as we did in the 1970s, even after adjusting for inflation. The argument seems to be that manufacturing employment is down, therefore we don’t make anything anymore.

    But that argument doesn’t work. Look at a parallel — in the 18th century, most people were farmers. Nowadays, almost nobody is (and there’s more food than ever). Would anyone claim the U.S. agriculture sector is dying? Would you say “there is nothing being grown here now?”

    Comment by Matt Bramanti | June 19, 2012

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