Rather than solving the problem, privatization would create a host of new ones. The administration has cited the “successful model” of postal privatization in other countries, but such efforts in Europe have resulted in severe job losses and wage cuts for postal workers, and increased prices and reduced mail delivery access for customers.
These are the inevitable consequences of a system that views postal services as a vehicle for private gain instead of a public good. “If the goal of the Postal Service is to make as much money as possible,” Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) told the Nation in June, “tens of millions of people, particularly low-income people and people in rural areas, will see a decline in or doing away with basic mail services.”
Indeed, under a U.S. privatization scheme, it is rural communities that would suffer the most. Unlike private companies that won’t deliver to certain remote areas because it’s not profitable to do so, the Postal Service is obligated to serve all Americans regardless of where they live.
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