HRoth - 5:30 pm on Dec 14, 2011 (gmt 0)
According to news articles, the post office has been required to make payments for the health benefits of all retirees for the next 75 years, and they must make those payments within a ten-year period. There is not a company in the world that does that or that could survive it if they were forced to do it, like Congress has forced the post office. And why has the Congress done that? So they could destroy the post office and open up another spot at the feeding trough for corporations.
Yes, giving away boxes for priority mail--and especially for flat-rate mail--is really financially smart for the post office. It is first class they are losing money on. Even so, they would be in the black without this forced funding thing.