Millions of American families are having to make do with less because of the recession. Tens of thousands of businesses are being forced to find ways to cope with higher costs and sometimes, declining revenue - without affecting the basic quality of their products and services.
Now the Postal Service, "faced with dwindling mail volume and rising costs," according to one report, is providing a textbook example of how government often reacts to challenges. Postmaster General John Potter has asked Congress to lift the requirement that the mail be delivered six days a week. He suggested that delivery on Saturdays could be suspended. Or, Potter added, a day on which mail volume is comparatively low could be selected.
And, oh, by the way, Postal Service officials have noted, stamp prices probably will be going up by 2 cents each in May.
It is typical of government to continue expanding the number of services while reducing the level of quality in them - and to charge taxpayers more.
Congress often is the reason why we pay more for government. At the very least, it often is guilty of aiding and abetting, by allowing agencies to make changes such as that suggested by Potter. It will end only when taxpayers declare that we have had enough - and aren't going to take it anymore.