Rick Owens – Postal Employee Network
January 18, 2010
Ruth Y. Goldway (D) is the current Chairman of the Postal Rate Commission (PRC).
In 2004, for a guest commentary with Citizens Against Government Waste, Ms. Goldway stated…
“…while neither the political climate nor the capital markets make such a transformation feasible now, the ultimate goal–USPS privatization– needs to be kept in sight. The best-intended laws cannot supplant the incentives nor create the requisite vigor provided by a competitive marketplace.”
In her commentary Ms. Goldway further stated…
“Because current law does not require the USPS to be efficient nor empower the regulator to order change, the PRC is, in effect, required to give the USPS more money when it requests it–even if we think the USPS could improve its operations or is embarking on questionable business ventures. And after the PRC considers all future predicted and explained cost increases, and accounts for them in recommending higher rates, by law we still have to give the Service a further amount–a contingency–for unexpected occurrences. Billions of “contingency” dollars since 1970 have simply been absorbed into the fat of the system because the Service spends this money on everyday operations rather than “unexpected occurrences.”
At PEN we wonder…does Ms. Goldway still believe that our nation would be better served by privatizing USPS? Should Ms. Goldway wish to respond we would certainly be interested in hearing her 2010 opinion.