February 2, 2011
Patrick R. Donahoe Postmaster General
475 L’Enfant Plaza SW
Washington DC 20260-0010
Dear General Donahoe:
Congratulations for your promotion to Postmaster General, one of the most important posts in the United States Government. I hope your tenure as Postmaster will accomplish more than your predecessor.
The Postal Service has been doing poorly for several years now. It has become an automatic Pavlovian reflex for the Postal Service to increase the price of postage every year. Meanwhile, you are terminating employees, removing mail receptacles, and generally decreasing the quality of service rendered by the USPS.
I will tell you how this is affecting my business: The three closest mail receptacles to my office have been removed. Mail often arrives a day later than it used to. When I go to the post office, there are long lines, and very few people there to assist.
I understand that your predecessor cut as much expenses as he could. This has affected the hard-working labor force of this great nation. You may be asking yourself where you can make more cuts. It seems to me that the only place left to cut (without affecting the quality of service) is executive compensation.
I find it offensive that the United States Postmaster General (and his cronies) think of themselves as more important than even the President of the United States. Yet the compensation package for your job exceeds that of even the President!
Mr. Potter stated that the raises were to bring the compensation more in line with the compensation of private industry executives. He stated that the 2006 raises were necessary to attract talented executives to the postal service. His logic is flawed for several reasons:
1. It is now 2011 and Mr. Potter is gone. Apparently even his giant salary wasn’t enough to keep him in office.
2. There are many talented executives who are currently out of work in the pitiful economy. For every executive in the Postal Service, I would guess there are 20 qualified people who would jump at the chance to take their jobs- at a fraction of the salary.
3. Do you really need to hire “the best and the brightest” to run a company that is going to continue to lose billions of dollars every year? It’s not like there’s a lot of pressure to succeed.
Postal rates go up every year while service and quality steadily deline. While every increase in postal rates affects the bottom line of every business, we are not seeing any increase in revenues to offset them. This economy is killing private business. The “real” executives out here are the business owners who rely on your services for our livelihood. The economy, and rising prices such as postage, have caused us to take home less money.
IF the postal service is truly in desperate financial straits, (as you always claim to be when you increase postage), perhaps you should follow the example of the real businessmen out here: Reduce the ridiculously high executive compensation you, and your fellows are being paid. Yes, you have a cushy job now. But you are NOT the president of the United States.