Signs of the Apocalypse: Is the USPS Doomed?

Haven’t done one of these for a while so here’s at it.

If you keep up with current events here in the ol’ US of A, even a little bit, you’ve probably heard that the United States Postal Service is in  some serious dire straits.  Without some form of financial aid approved by Congress the national mail service will find themselves unable to pay the bills at the end of the month, and shortly after that will be unable to support general operations.  It is a pretty bad deal all around. 

NPR has a short piece on the situation and some possible solutions to the USPS’s continual problems.

So here is my question.  If the USPS crumbles (which I don’t believe it will) would it be a major catastrophic event?

Let me say that I don’t really have an opinion on the matter.  I can see a bit of both sides.  On one hand I am curious how, in an age of email, evites, epay,e-etc, how does something like the postal service fight to remain relevant and competitive.  However, on the flip side, having just mailed a ton of wedding invitations, I am very aware that there are still times when the need to physically mail something is still present.  Furthermore, there seems to be some major economic considerations to the whole matter, namely that the USPS going bunk would not be good magic for the already majorly ill US economy.

So really, I’m curious.  Is the USPS doom really a potentially apocalyptic situation?  Leave a comment, let me know what you think, I’d love to hear.

~ by Nathaniel on September 7, 2011.

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