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Think Tank
Joe Schick, Vice President of Postal Affairs

Joe Schick
Vice President of Postal Affairs


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A New Year and a New Congress

Monday 1/7/2013

There's been -- and continues to be -- a lot of focus on the Fiscal Cliff. (I can't seem to get that "kicked can" sound out of my head.) But I'll let you read the newsfeeds for the latest updates on that struggle. Right now, my attention is focused on the Postal Cliff.


Postal issues are an important and relevant concern, especially to this blog's audience! Printers and mailers need Congress to act quickly to create postal reform legislation that will, as stated by the Postmaster General, "advance a framework for a viable business model that will allow us to quickly respond to the evolving needs of our customers." In other words, we need a solution that will put the USPS on solid financial footing for the foreseeable future.


As with the Fiscal Cliff (and other "cliff" hangers, such as the Superstorm Sandy Cliff and the Dairy Cliff), Congress and the White House know exactly what needs to be done. They just need to act.


A new Congress is in session. There are new players in both the House and the Senate, complete with new staffers. Last year's proposed legislation expired, so everything starts anew. Let's give them a chance for redemption. We know the 112th Congress was extremely unproductive -- perhaps the most unproductive of all time and with approval ratings match (18% as of December 12). Maybe this will be the Lucky 113th Congress and something (positive) will actually be accomplished! If not, we can always fall back on the wisdom of another Cliff. That would be Cliff Clavin, the know-it-all postal worker from TV's Cheers. According to Clavin:


"It's a little known fact that smartest animal is a pig. Scientists say if pigs had thumbs and a language, they could be trained to do simple manual labor. They give you 20-30 years of loyal service and then at their retirement dinner you can eat them."


If nothing constructive happens in 2013, maybe Cliff has the answer for the 114th Congress!

1 Comment

>> posted by H. Blunt  on 1/26/2013 11:32:14 AM
Speaking of pigs, I recently read the old classic, Animal Farm by George Orwell, (the same guy that wrote 1984,the book about 'Big Brother is Watching). In Animal Farm, the pigs rebelled against the humans and took over with good (though perhaps misguided & uninformed) intentions at first, but ended up becoming just like the humans they had denounced in the beginning. Everything we do today and tommorrow is based at some level on something we have learned/experienced in the past, but at times we forget or ignore those things to our own detriment. When moving 'forward', changing lanes/directions, it is always good practice to glance over our shoulder to avoid serious collisions, 'accidents'. I pray that the country we live in, the company I work for, and myself, strive to grow while also avoiding this kind of 'mistake'. I do not have a lot of political or technological savy, but I also value and hope for the preservation and continuation of the USPS by positive, beneficial means.
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