June 25, 2014 — Just when we thought all of the idiotic ideas had emerged from the current Congress, along came another doozy.
A Republican leader in the U.S. House of Representatives proposed that Saturday mail delivery be ended and the resulting savings be used to fix roads and bridges across America.
It seems the federal highway transportation fund is running out of money because the fuel tax which supports it is not keeping up with the spending on roads, bridges and infrastructure.
The revenue shortfall is being blamed on more fuel efficient vehicles which, of course, use less fuel.
Members of Congress want to go home to campaign for reelection but don’t want to hear complaints about unfunded transportation projects.
Those crafty politicians in Congress are seeking a means of beefing up the highway fund without raising any taxes.
Congressman Darrell Issa of California has apparently convinced the Postmaster General to support his silly notion.
He believes the urgency for highway funds will overcome the fact that 220 members of the House already have signed a petition supporting six-day mail delivery.
Among the many things wrong with using elimination of Saturday mail for the highway fund is the fact that there is no real money in such a transfer.
The U.S. Postal Service’s purported delivery savings are all on paper savings and they will not actually deliver cash to the U. S. Department of Transportation.
Another scary possibility is that if this harebrained idea is approved, what’s to keep the USPS from becoming a piggy bank for the next pet project of someone in Congress?
USPS says it will save $2 billion a year with five-day mail delivery but has yet to say how it will fund package delivery on a six-day schedule.
In our view, Issa and his crowd are just trying to kick the can down the road past election day.