There are some people who cannot be trusted with sharp objects because they could harm themselves or others. You wouldn’t give a knife to Jack the Ripper and turn him loose. Nor would you give a box cutter to a known terrorist and put him on a plane with 85 passengers. No one in their right mind would do that.
So, how in heaven’s name did Patrick Donahoe become the postmaster general of the U.S. Postal Service? The answer: (a) He wasn’t vetted properly, (b) he didn’t exhibit these destructive tendencies prior to his appointment, or (c) those responsible for his appointment don’t have an ounce of common sense.
I’m inclined to go with (c). I imagine it was the same group of geniuses in Congress who came up with the brilliant idea of requiring the Postal Service to pre-fund its pensions 75 years in advance. Just a wild guess.
Let’s face it, the PMG is a loose cannon. He is the proverbial bull in the china shop. Ever since he took the reins from his predecessor, John Potter, the man has been on a vendetta against the company he works for. It wouldn’t be so bad if he were confined to a padded cell somewhere so that the only mutilation he could do would be to himself, but he’s running free. He’s all over the place.
Donahoe is the guy who stands up in a crowded theater and yells, “Fire!” And he’s the one who set the fire. He has taken on the mantle of Chicken Little, crying out at the top of his lungs, “The sky is falling! The sky is falling!”
And he’s got people in the media and in Congress (no surprise there) who believe him and are taking up his screams and spreading them. There’s panic in the streets!
Sure, the Postal Service has its share of problems, but they’re not insurmountable. Not yet anyway.
But if Chicken Little and his gang in Washington have their way those problems will indeed become insurmountable. Like a number of our screwy politicians in Congress, he wants to grow the Postal Service by shrinking it: Eliminate Saturday delivery, delay first-class mail by another day or two (or three), consolidate over 200 mail processing facilities, close over 3,000 post offices, put thousands of people out of work, negatively impact millions of lives, and put an end to universal service.
Benjamin Franklin (our first postmaster general) must be twirling around in his grave. Oh, if he could only come back and seek retribution on the man who has made a mockery of our national treasure.
Although I don’t agree with everything Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) is pursuing in her postal reform bill, I do agree with the comment she made in Monday’s speech before Congress when she said that the Postal Service has a “reputation for fuzzy math.” That fuzzy math comes from fuzzy minds. And those fuzzy minds, with Donahoe’s being the fuzziest, need to be sheared and put out to pasture.
Although it’s hard for anyone to believe, it’s rumored that Congress may actually pass some sort of postal legislation this year. Time will tell. If one is eventually passed it should be preceded, months in advance, with the firing of Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe.
That will lead to true postal reform.