Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe appeared before a Senate committee this week, pleading for permission to cut costs.
After all, the U.S. Postal Service ran a $15.9 billion deficit in the last fiscal year alone.
Members of Congress, afraid both of Postal Service unions and Postal Service customers, have refused for decades to give the Postal Service permission to make economic sense.
But the situation has changed. Now there's something worse to be afraid of:
Donahoe, in asking for permission to end mail delivery on Saturday, issued a warning:
Unless Congress allows him to drop Saturday mail delivery, taxpayers could face a $45 billion bailout of the Postal Service in four years.
Oh. If there's anything members of Congress like less than getting on the wrong side of postal unions, it's getting crosswise with an electorate that is mad as hell about multibillion-dollar bailouts.